Sibs is the only UK charity supporting brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults. Siblings have a lifelong need for information. In childhood, siblings grow up often receiving less attention, have more worries than their peers and face some challenging situations in their home lives. As adults, siblings rarely receive acknowledgement of their expertise or receive support for their own needs and often have reduced wellbeing. Sibs provides direct support to children through our YoungSibs information hub so that children can find information about disability and get answers to their questions from Sibs staff. We provide email support for adult siblings, have produced a range of guides and run a network of adult sibling peer support groups. We also run training and workshops for siblings, parents and professionals.
“I know my sister needs constant supervision: I understand her different needs, and I love her with all my heart, but it can be scary. It can feel like the world is on your shoulders. I worry about her future and I feel like I have an extra layer of worry.” Rose, aged 13.