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Why is National Siblings Day important?

Siblings who grow up with a disabled brother or sister often spend a lot of time coming second (or third or fourth…) to the needs of another. Their day-to-day life may centre around their brother or sister’s routine and their abilities. It can be challenging to share time with parents and some siblings may be helping out more around the home or with caring tasks.

As adults, siblings may have the longest-standing relationship with their disabled brother or sister across the lifespan, beyond that of care providers, professionals and other family members. Siblings are often advocates for their brother or sister’s needs whilst juggling a work and family life of their own.

Many siblings enjoy and value the unique connection and relationship they share with their brother or sister. National Siblings Day is a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on the value of sibling relationships, to highlight what an important role siblings play in the lives of their disabled brothers and sisters and to celebrate siblings in their own right too.

What happened last year?

Last year was our biggest National Siblings Day yet with a reach of 37.4 million across social media, a 270% increase on the year before! We had lots of siblings sharing their stories, photos and memories and becoming part of our sibling community.  Lots of young and adult siblings got involved in events and activities run by and promoted by Sibs.  We hope that this year’s event will be even bigger and better!

How can I get involved?

Our theme this year is #ItsaSiblingThing #NationalSiblingsDay2024

  • Young siblings, we would love you to get involved in the day and let us know your #ItsaSiblingThing. Tell your school about the day and ask them to join us in raising awareness of siblings.  We will be running free art session for young siblings – we will be posting details here in March.
  • Adult siblings, we will be sharing ideas of how to celebrate the day your way soon! We will be hosting a special event for adult siblings – more information to follow.
  • Parents, National Siblings Day is a brilliant opportunity to show your sibling child how much you value them. Don’t forget to tell us about those little sibling moments that have made your heart burst with pride – you know the ones – it’s the fantastic qualities your sibling child has developed.
  • Organisations, charities, professionals and schools, we would love your support in raising awareness of siblings of disabled people! Let us know how you plan to celebrate, whether it’s with a classroom session, a sponsored event or sharing on social. We really appreciate you taking the time to recognise and acknowledge siblings on this important day.

Make sure you’re following us in your favourite way to stay in touch with the conversation and the lead up to the day:

On Monday 10th April, we’ll be using these hashtags: #NationalSiblingsDay2024 #ItsaSiblingThing

Donations and fundraising

We greatly appreciate all donations and fundraising efforts, especially during such difficult times. We are the only UK charity dedicated to the needs of siblings of disabled people and we provide support across the lifespan – from young siblings to older adults.

If you’re planning a bake-off, sponsored star jumps or a 24-hour TV challenge – please get in touch – as we’d love to say a huge thank you. You can set up a Just Giving sponsorship page here.

You can become a Friend of Sibs for £24 a year by signing-up here or you can make a donation of any amount – however small – here.

‘As a young carer, you feel under constant pressure. I know my sister needs constant supervision: I understand her different needs, and I love her with all my heart, but it can be scary. It can feel like the world is on your shoulders. I worry about her future and I feel like I have an extra layer of worry.’ – Rose, aged 13

“I feel like I have been on an emotional roller coaster with Frazer all of my life. I often feel he has been given a raw deal but he is happy and enjoys his life and never complains.  I love him and want the best for him, we have a lot of fun together. We have a shared history. I know all the things about him, things that make him happy or sad. I will fight for his needs always.” – Jayne, adult sibling

Free resources to download

We will be sharing our social assets and promotional materials soon!