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Sibs online support sessions for adult siblings of people with learning disabilities

The coronavirus outbreak is a challenging time for us all. It has been, and continues to be, challenging for adult siblings who are carers for their brother or sister who has learning disabilities. You might be separated from your brother and can’t keep in touch with video calls; giving extra care for your sister because her care package has been reduced or living in lockdown with your brother who is struggling to cope with the changes.

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 is the next session?

The next session is:

Tuesday 13th April, 11am – 12.30pm

The topic is:

Being the main carer for a brother or sister with a learning disability

This session is ideal for siblings who are their brother/sister’s main carer and who want to meet others who understand what life as a main carer is like.

Date and Location

Tuesday 13th April, 11am – 12.30pm via zoom