To mark National Siblings Day on Friday, the UK charity Sibs will celebrate siblings who have disabled brothers or sisters.

With the country in lockdown, many adult siblings are either unable to see their family members or have taken on additional caring responsibilities. Younger siblings may also be supporting their brothers or sisters in different ways and face additional challenges caused by staying at home.

On National Siblings Day Sibs, the only the only UK charity representing people with disabled brothers and sisters, will recognise the important and unique role of siblings by sharing thoughts, stories, poems, photographs or drawings on social media.

Siblings are invited to send in contributions to info@sibs.org.uk which the charity will share on its Twitter account @Sibs_UK on Friday 10 April.

The charity also has new and free resources to help siblings of all ages during coronavirus. As well as self-care advice for adult siblings, Sibs has collated a page of useful information, guidance and activities for adult siblings with a disabled brother or sister. Sibs has updated its guidance for younger siblings on Young Sibs, the charity’s dedicated website for children and young people and also written some advice for parents of young siblings.

Clare Kassa, Sibs Chief Executive, said:

On National Siblings Day we are shining a light on the unique but often invisible role siblings play in the lives of their disabled brothers and sisters. We know that the support Sibs provides is a lifeline to many siblings – finding us is often the turning point for siblings’ own health and wellbeing. This support has never been needed more, as siblings navigate the complex challenges of the coronavirus crisis and the care of their brothers and sisters.

Help and Guidance from Carers Support West Sussex

As parents of children with a disability or long term illness life can be incredibly demanding. Many parents spend so much time fighting for support and services for their children that they don’t have time to think about themselves.

If you haven’t already stopped to consider your own emotional and physical health now is the time to do it.  We would love to discuss your situation with you and help you to put together a ‘plan’ to take care of yourself. Part of this plan may include using some of our services:

  • Response Line for guidance and a chance to speak to someone who understands
  • Connections with other local organisations
  • Peer support groups (currently suspended until further notice)
  • Regular Newsletter and emails

Due to the COVID-19 situation, our Chief Executive made the difficult decision to suspend all carer face to face meetings in steps to protect the wellbeing of carers, the person being cared for, volunteers, staff and the wider community.

If you need to talk or find out information about what is happening locally, Carers Support West Sussex can offer you guidance and a listening ear. Their fully trained staff can be contacted via email, phone or *online chat, where they will be able to help you.

Contact the response line for a friendly and informal chat.

0300 028 8888

Email info@carerssupport.org.uk

Website www.carerssupport.org.uk

Response line opening times:

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Wednesday 9am – 7pm

Saturday 10am – 12pm

*Visit the Carers Support West Sussex website for online chat support

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