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Siblings everywhere are affected. Sibs has gratefully received funding from Learning Disability England (LDE) Grant Pot, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to support adult siblings at this time. Join one of our online support sessions, meet other siblings and know that you are not alone in what you’re going through.

What’s happening?

We’re hosting 90 minute support sessions for adult siblings via Zoom. These are a chance for you to meet other siblings, we’ll talk around the topic, you can ask us questions and you can share your experiences and tips with others too.

Who can sign up?

These sessions are just for adult siblings who have a brother or sister who has a learning disability, as this work is funded by Learning Disability England. A sibling-only environment helps siblings to feel comfortable sharing the highs and lows of sibling life. No parents, partners, brothers/sisters, researchers or professionals will be admitted.

What are the sessions like?

Friendly and informal!

It’s strange meeting people for the first time over a video call. It’s not the same as meeting face to face and it’s not for everyone. We understand this, and we want to make all siblings feel as welcome as possible.

We don’t record the sessions or take screenshots. You don’t need to bring or prepare anything. Just sit yourself down in a quiet room with a cuppa, close the door, and have the chance to say hello to other siblings like you.

What can I expect?

  • A friendly hello from us at Sibs!
  • The chance to meet and say hello to other siblings like you – everyone will have their video on
  • Sibling to sibling peer support. Share your experiences, offer your tips and learn from others as we chat around the topic
  • A confidential, sibling-only environment ­– no recording or screenshots, no parents or professionals

When are the next sessions?

  • Caring from a distance: Monday 27th September, 6.30pm – 8pm. This session is for sibling carers who live further away from their disabled brother or sister. Join us for friendly conversation with Ms Caroline White (Research Associate), Dr Jane Wray (Director of Research and Senior Lecturer in Nursing) and Dr Clare Whitfield (Lecturer) from the University of Hull, as they discuss their research with distance carers. We’ll talk about the challenges of caring from a distance and strategies to support you in your role.
  • Behaviour that challenges: Tuesday 5th October, 6.30pm – 8pm. We’re joined by Dr Nick Gore (Clinical and Applied Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability, Tizard Centre, University of Kent) for this session on behaviour that challenges. We’ll be chatting about behaviour, sibling experiences and strategies going forward. Please note that this is a general information session and one-to-one clinical advice cannot be provided.

I’d like to know about future dates

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I’d like to catch up with previous sessions

You can download our quick reference, one-page guides for each session here:

We don’t record sessions for confidentiality reasons.

I’ve got questions…

We’d love to hear from you – please email info@sibs.org.uk

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