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A huge thank you!

Thank you so much to all the siblings who came along, shared their experiences and supported each other. A huge thank you to our speakers (listed below) and our generous sponsors, Brazen Productions and Dimensions. This sponsorship enabled us to keep the ticket price for the day very low and to offer funded places for siblings on a low income.

Couldn’t make the day?

Here’s a run-down of what was included to help you catch up:

  • Nikita Hayden discussed the preliminary results of the recent adult sibling research survey – the first of its kind in the UK
  • We met Prakash Radhakrishnan, who shared his experiences of growing up with a brother and sister who both have severe learning disabilities. Joe Reddington spoke honestly about difficult feelings as a sibling, and artist Pam Foley has shared this piece with us following the day. Want to read more sibling stories? Visit this page
  • Solicitor and Sibs Trustee Carol McBride outlined the key mental capacity, legal and financial issues that siblings need to understand when supporting their brother or sister. We have guides for adult siblings on these topics
  • Family consultant Liz Wilson from Dimensions and sibling Annie Fergusson from PMLD link gave advice on liaising with professionals that support your brother or sister and guidance on supported decision-making
  • The day ended with a mindfulness wind down. You can try a 10 minute guided relaxation here

Here’s what people said…

“THANK-YOU!! Being in a room full of people who get it where you don’t have to awkwardly explain your situation was just amazing. It was fun and funny, touching and educational. BRILLIANT!”

“The personal stories resonated so much”

“I really enjoyed today – thank you! This was my first experience talking to other siblings about our shared experiences and I feel much better equipped going forward”

 “The whole day was very useful and informative.”

“It took me a long time to take the step of getting in touch.  Already at my first event I’m glad I did”

“[It was useful to have] information on being an appointee/mental capacity act and tips for working with care providers”

“This is the first time I’ve ever talked about my fears and feelings as a sibling openly and been in a group who made me feel so understood. You’ve changed my life. Thank-you from me and my brother.”

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