Siblings Australia Update. National adult peer support groups. The next catch up for adult siblings is in Sydney this coming Saturday; others will follow in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth later in June and early July. All the details are on the Siblings Australia website events page (http://siblingsaustralia.org.au/events.php). If you haven’t already, you can also view a short film (4 mins (https://vimeo.com/210181126) about the process of setting them up.
Please spread the word so we can reach more adult siblings. The project is due to formally finish at the end of June but the groups will hopefully continue if there is enough interest. If you are a disability provider that works with adults with disability I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the project with you – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
ILC Mapping Project
Siblings Australia is mapping sibling services around Australia as part of a project through the NDIS’ Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC). We hope to find out who is providing support to both young and adult siblings. We are interested in direct supports for siblings, e.g. a sibling peer support group, but also indirect services, e.g. assisting parents to support siblings.
We are also interested in those agencies that might provide support to siblings as part of a broader service, e.g., a mental health service that might see siblings. We will survey providers first, followed by parents and siblings, but also hope to speak to a range of people about the need for sibling support and the gaps – I will send out more info, including the survey, as the project progresses but please, if you haven’t, email email@example.com if:
1. you know of any sibling programs/services
2. you would be willing to be interviewed about your own experiences (or lack) of sibling support – either as a sibling, parent or provider.
Parent info sessions
I am still available for parent one on one info sessions on supporting siblings. They can be reimbursed through the NDIS if the child with disability has a Participant Plan. PLEASE spread this info to your networks.