Supporting siblings to adjust to being part of a family with a life limited or life threatened brother or sister is really important. Our highly skilled sibling workers working alongside a team of dedicated trained volunteers currently help around 320 children and young people to face a changed life and the associated losses.
Through a diverse range of support groups and activities the team at Acorns enables siblings to gain a sense of involvement and belonging, reduce feelings of isolation and encourage these children to grown in confidence and self-esteem fostering resilience and building friendship in a safe and supportive environment.
Siblings tell us that being able to talk openly about their situation, thoughts and feelings, helps to reduce levels of stress that might otherwise interfere with both home and school life and impact on their relationship with others.
Ways that siblings of all ages can benefit
We offer support for both individuals and groups of siblings of children in the care of Acorns in a variety of ways. Many of the group sessions provide opportunities to meet individuals in similar situations and build friendships.
- One to one therapeutic sessions
- Group therapeutic sessions
- Specialist bereavement support
- Residential breaks
- Arts projects – music, pottery and puppetry for example
- Outings – cinema, theatre, sports venues, etc.
- Design and production of a magazine - BASIL (Brothers And Sisters In League) –by a dedicated group of older siblings
- A Sibling Council with council members providing valuable feedback on the service and future developments