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What is mental capacity? Info session

Are you an adult who has an autistic brother or sister? Would you like to understand mental capacity laws and how they're applied in health and social care settings? Join our info session below.

What’s happening?

This session on mental capacity is part of our Confident Caring programme, bringing together siblings who have an autistic brother and sister. It is supported by the Boshier Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Community Fund (Awards for All).

When is it?

Tuesday 19th November, 7pm – 8.30pm
Online via Zoom

Why attend?

At this webinar you will:

  • Learn what the term ‘mental capacity’ means
  • Understand how mental capacity laws are applied in health and social care settings
  • Find out who can make decisions on behalf of your brother/sister if they are unable to

This session is lead by Sibs trustee and solicitor Carol McBride.

What can I expect?

  • A friendly hello from us at Sibs!
  • To gain information from an industry expert
  • A confidential, sibling-only environment ­– no recording or screenshots, no parents or professionals

What isn’t included?

  • Please note that this is a general group session. One-to-one support cannot be provided for individual personal issues
  • This session will not be recorded. This is so that siblings can feel comfortable to ask a general question
  • We anticipate this will be a large session and will limit the general questions to one per person. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to answer all questions. Before signing up, please see if your question is answered in our guide to Decision-making here
  • Whilst you’ll be in great company, there won’t be the opportunity for socialising. If you’re looking for this, join one of our cuppa and chat sessions instead

Who can attend?

To join the sessions you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Currently live in the UK
  • Have a brother or sister who is autistic (this includes Asperger Syndrome)

What’s the cost?

It’s just £5 to attend.

  • This is a fraction of the actual cost of your place. We are fortunate to be able to offer this very low ticket cost to siblings, thanks to funding from the Boshier Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Community Fund (Awards for All)
  • The fee is non-refundable under any circumstances, because of the cost to the charity of processing this, unless the event has to be cancelled by us due to reasons beyond our control
  • If you’re able to, please consider making an additional donation to cover extra places for siblings in financial need
  • If you’re in need of a free place, just let us know in confidence by emailing – we do not want payment to be a barrier for siblings wishing to attend

Frequently asked questions

My brother/sister has a different diagnosis, can I still come along?

“My sister has a severe learning disability, and doesn’t have a diagnosis of autism. I think I’d still benefit from attending this session. Can I come along?”

Yes. We’re very grateful to have received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund (Awards for All) to help towards the cost of providing spaces for siblings whose brother or sister has a diagnosis that isn’t autism.

I'm not a carer, can I still come along?

Yes. These sessions are for siblings who may have been a carer in the past, are currently carers or may be a carer in the future.

I'm interested in this topic but I can't make the date

We don’t take recordings of our sessions, so that siblings feel safe and relaxed to have their cameras on and participate throughout. After the session, we will upload a one-page guide with a summary of the best hints and tips that were shared – come back to this webpage to download it. Also, make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list to hear about future sessions too!

The content from the session is covered in this guide:

  • Sibs guide Decision-making (includes information on power of attorney, deputyship, guardianship and controllership on pages 5-9)

To meet other siblings who have an autistic brother/sister:

I'm interested in other information sessions in the Confident Caring programme

Click here to see our other information sessions in the Confident Caring programme.

I've got more questions...

We’d love to hear from you – please email

I’m ready to book!

Fantastic – we look forward to welcoming you!

Book your place