Sibs is the only UK charity for people who grow up with a disabled brother or sister. They support siblings 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. There are over half a million young siblings and over a million adult siblings in the UK. Siblings have specific needs that require attention at different stages of their lives, including relief of isolation, information and strategies for coping with the situations they find themselves in.
- To enhance the lives of siblings by providing them with information and support, and by influencing service provision for siblings throughout the UK.
- Their long term vision is that each local authority in the UK will have a dedicated sibling service, providing sibling groups and one to one support for children who are siblings.
They believe that siblings have a right:
- To be valued for who they are and what they do.
- To be seen as individuals with specific needs.
- To access reliable sources of advice and information and support services.
- To influence the services and policies that effect them.
- To reach their full potential.
- Being the UK resource for information, training and research on sibling issues.
- Influencing the policies of government and other service providers.
- Increasing public awareness.
- Information and support for siblings.
- Information and support for parents on supporting siblings.
- Information and training for professionals on supporting siblings.
Whilst all the information given in this document was correct at the time of going to press, DIAL Doncaster cannot be held responsible for any subsequent changes.