Sibling Support Groups – these can be run in different ways, depending on the group size, age and experiences of the siblings. Some groups include the disabled sibling and parents, and there can be a mix of individual and group support. Groups can offer the opportunity to meet other siblings and share experiences, can suggest new ways of coping and give strategies, provide activity breaks and offer issue based workshops.
Young Carers at Newcastle Carers
Newcastle Carers offer support to young people who have caring responsibilities for a family member who has a serious illness or any type of disability. Engages with educational services to reduce the risk of social exclusion or underachieving.
Tel: 0191 275 5060
Text: 07874 100043
Young carers are children and young people aged 5-18 years, who look after somebody in their family who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol.
Newcastle Carers provide individual and group support for young carers, as well as advice for their family.
Tel: 0808 808 3555
Freephone helpline for advice about any aspect of raising a disabled child, including help with finances, education, emotional and practical support.
A useful leaflet is a parents guide: ‘Siblings’, which you can download or request.
Tel: 0808 800 3333
Tips on managing siblings from their online community, there is a guide for siblings which is available from their freephone helpline number
A charity for siblings of disabled children and adults. They run workshops, training and events around the UK. They also provide support, advice and information for young siblings, parents and professionals
Over the Wall
Tel: 02392 477 110
They offer a free recreation camps for siblings for a week and a weekend for the whole family which allow everyone to have the same fun experiences.