The coronavirus outbreak has been challenging time, particularly for adult siblings who are carers for their brother or sister who has learning disabilities. Siblings everywhere are affected. You can now join one of Sibs’ online support sessions, meet other siblings and know that you are not alone in what you’re going through.
They’re hosting 90-minute support sessions for adult siblings via Zoom. These are a chance for you to meet other siblings, 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.
What are the sessions like?
Friendly and informal sessions to make friends, get support and have fun.
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 and have the chance to say hello to other siblings like you.
What can I expect?
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. It is confidential, sibling-only environment.
When are the next sessions?
Introduction to advocacy Part 1: Tuesday 13 July, 7pm – 8.30pm.
This session will focus on the rights of your disabled brother or sister, skills in advocacy (including advocating for yourself as well as your brother/sister); and looking after yourself as a sibling too. Led by Liz Wilson (Lead Family Consultant) and Annie Fergusson (Associate Family Consultant), Dimensions.
Sibling self-care and mindfulness: Wednesday 21 July, 7pm – 8.30pm.
This session involves chatting about why self-care is important for siblings and offering useful tips. This session includes a practical 40-minute mindfulness session with Mindfulness expert Claire Garthwaite.
Introduction to advocacy Part 2: Monday 13 September, 7pm – 8.30pm.
This session will help to put your advocacy skills into practice with Liz Wilson (Lead Family Consultant) and Annie Fergusson (Associate Family Consultant), Dimensions.
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