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Respite trips for siblings of children with disabilities

Who we are and what we do

The Pembrokeshire Sibling Group was set up in 1996 by a small group of professional people who realised that there was no support for the siblings of disabled and special needs children. We appreciate the difficulties that can arise when there is a special needs, disabled or seriously sick child in the family. Often this can lead to stress and anxiety in the other children in the family. We offer much needed respite to the siblings of disabled children or children with special needs in order to relieve the tension and provide them with something to look forwards to where they will be with others who understand what it is like being such a sibling.

We have a dedicated team who provide support to children and young people aged 7 - 18 years who we work with during our monthly day trips and workshops. We also try to run three residential trips throughout the year, typically in March, August and October. Our workshops provide a base where the siblings can get together with other children and young people who are in similar situations to themselves. We use many methods to work with the siblings, including puppet's, arts and crafts and cooking, where our aim is to raise awareness of their situations and share experiences with each other. Our ultimate aim is to put the childhood back into the child.

Trips Out

Day trips are run monthly and take us to places such as Oakwood, Folly farm, Ice-skating, cinemas, swimming, laser combat, skiing and much more. Our residential trips have taken us to places such as Alton towers, Drayton manor, Monkey world, Bristol Zoo, St Fagan's. More locally to Newgale YMCA and Pembrokeshire Adventure Centre and many others places. We believe that the siblings should be involved as much as possible with the planning of trips and organisation of workshop sessions.
The Sibling Group is like an external family to the children and young people we support.

If you are the parent of a special needs, disabled or seriously sick child and you have other children who you think may benefit from our services or you want to know more about us, please contact us or download an application form from this website. If you are interested in joining our team as a volunteer and can spare a few hours every few months to help supervise trips and workshops, and support our children and young people please get in touch or download an application form from this our volunteering page. An enhanced DBS check will be carried out prior to you joining the team.

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