The whole family matters to us, which is why we understand some of the challenges and worries that siblings of disabled people may face. Many siblings are also young carers and may have other responsibilities that other young people their age may not have. The challenges and worries they face have the potential to escalate and can have a negative impact on their mental and physical health. This may affect their confidence, self-esteem and it can be socially isolating. Friendships may be harder to maintain as sometimes they may feel that their other friends don’t understand, and often can feel guilty if they are not at home to help out.
At BDCPS we like to make sure that the siblings of disabled young people also have the chance to be young and care free! We run sessions that allow our young people and their siblings to positively engage together at the same scheme offering parents real respite time whilst giving siblings the opportunity to share experiences and socialise with other siblings of disabled young people.
In addition to this, we also have sibling only activities where they go out on adventures with others and have the chance to build new friendships, have fun with children who are in similar situations where they can empathise and share experiences with one another. In the summer the siblings decided they would like to go trampolining, climbing and then for pizza! So we organised a fun-filled day out for them! We have also done sibling activities at Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes and Forest school adventures! For further information on any sibling related activities, do not hesitate to get in touch!