New network helps adult siblings of disabled brothers and sisters

by | Oct 4, 2016 | Carers, News

The role of people who have grown up with a brother or sister who has a lifelong learning disability or autism is rarely acknowledged.

Adult siblings often advocate and care for their brothers and sisters while also juggling support for their elderly parents, their own children, and their work. Many have always come second to another person and, with no contact with others who share their experience, are vulnerable to isolation, anxiety and depression.

A year ago Sibs, the only charity in the UK representing the needs of siblings of disabled children and adults, began developing volunteer-led peer support groups across the country for adult siblings of people with a lifelong learning disability or autism. For more detailsĀ The Guardian