We are starting up Siblings Support groups. Staff have been trained as Adult Sibling Workshop facilitators by Sibs UK to run our groups.
The groups are open to all adult siblings (18+) of individuals with Down’s syndrome. The purpose of the groups are to:
- improve your wellbeing and resilience
- empower you to be an advocate for your brother or sister with Down’s syndrome
- support you in the transition to a more involved role in your brother or sister’s care and support, if you have ageing parents
- give you a voice as an adult sibling within services for carers and disabled adults
The group will give siblings time out to talk about their experiences, both positive and negative.
We recognise the many positive experiences you may have had as a sibling of a person with Down’s syndrome and the qualities and skills that you may have developed as a result. We also acknowledge that many of you may have experienced significant challenges as siblings and that these may have affected your wellbeing and life choices. Our siblings groups will give individuals the opportunity to discuss their experiences and thoughts in a confidential, welcoming environment. The group will be facilitated by our staff who are both siblings of adults with Down’s syndrome themselves, which gives them an understanding of the experiences siblings may face.
Our first Siblings Support group will be held on Saturday 2 April from 12-2pm at our office on Lisburn Road, Belfast.
If you are a full-time carer for your sibling, support can be provided while you attend the group. Following our first session, the Siblings group will meet every 4-6 weeks for 1-1½ hours.
If you feel that you, or someone you know, could benefit from our Siblings group, please contact the office on 028 90 665 260.