SIBs

Sibs is the only UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people. 

There are over half a million young siblings and 1.7 million adult siblings in the UK and they have a lifelong need for information. They often experience social and emotional isolation and have to cope with difficult situations. Sibs wants them to have positive relationships with their disabled brothers and sisters and to be able to choose the role they play in future care. 

The charity supports siblings of all ages who are growing up with - or who have grown up with - a brother or sister with any disability, long-term chronic illness, or life-limiting condition. 

Sibs runs a phone and email service for adult siblings who require help with any adult sibling issue. The issues may be emotional - such as coping with isolation or guilt, or practical - such as how to make plans for future care. 

The charity also provides email information and support to young siblings (children and young people) with any issues. Workshops on coping strategies for dealing with difficult siblings issues are also popular with both adults and children. These workshops can be bought in by statutory and voluntary agencies. 

Sibs' long term vision is that every local authority in the UK will have a dedicated sibling service for young siblings and a support network for adult siblings.