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Who can attend the Sibs workshops?

These workshops are only for adult siblings of people with a life-long learning disability and/or autism, living in the UK.

At Sibs, you can be reassured that we provide a supportive, non-judgemental and confidential workshop environment. Your questions and concerns will be heard by participants and staff who fully understand what life as a sibling is like.

NB We are not able to admit parents, relatives, partners, professionals or other carers to the workshops.

Workshop: Managing your brother or sister’s finances

My sister receives direct payments to pay for her support workers. Will this affect her benefits? 

My parents want to cut my brother out of their will because he has severe learning disabilities and can’t manage the money. They said we have to look after his share for him. Is this safe? 

My brother has Down syndrome. Do I need special permissions to help him manage his money?

Have these questions and more answered at our workshop on managing finances.

Carol McBride, who is a Sibs trustee and a leading lawyer at Hugh Jones Solicitors, joins a Sibs facilitator to answer questions on wills and trusts, benefits, grants and funding. You will have the opportunity to meet other adult siblings and share experiences. This workshop will focus specifically on managing finances – other topics will not be addressed at this event.

Dates:
Thursday 1st March 2-5pm, London

Tuesday 6th March 2-5pm, Manchester

Book a place on our finance workshop

Workshop: The impact of challenging behaviour on siblings

My brother has learning disabilities and he can be violent towards people. Why is it called ‘challenging behaviour’?

My sister behaves better with me so my parents ask me to look after her a lot. I can’t cope with the strain, but I feel guilty if I say no. What can I do?

When I was a child, I found my sister’s behaviour very challenging and traumatic. It still affects me as an adult and I need advice on how to deal with this.

This workshop will help you to understand why challenging behaviour occurs, recognise how it impacts on you as a sibling and address how you can support yourself and your disabled brother or sister. You will have the opportunity to meet other adult siblings and share experiences. This workshop will focus specifically on challenging behaviour – other topics will not be addressed at this event.

The workshop will not be able to provide you with an individual plan on specific behaviour management techniques – your brother or sister should have their needs assessed by a psychologist or specialist learning disability nurse and a Positive Behaviour Support plan put together.

Dates:
Tuesday 13th March 2-5pm, London

Friday 16th March 2-5pm, Birmingham
Thursday 22nd March 2-5pm, Manchester

Book a place on our challenging behaviour workshop

Workshop: Decision-making and the law

My autistic brother is non-verbal – when he goes into hospital, who can consent to treatment on his behalf?

When my parents die, am I legally responsible for making decisions for my sister who has Down syndrome?

My brother has moderate learning disabilities and says ‘yes’ to everything – but he often doesn’t know what he’s saying ‘yes’ to! This really worries me.

When your brother or sister can’t make a decision, who does? Carol McBride, who is a Sibs trustee and a leading lawyer at Hugh Jones Solicitors, joins a Sibs facilitator to provide valuable information on mental capacity laws and to answer your questions on this topic. You will have the opportunity to meet other adult siblings and share experiences. This workshop will focus specifically on mental capacity and decision-making – other topics will not be addressed at this event.

Further dates for this workshop will be added soon