Siblings Together aim to help young people in care initiate and continue to have contact with their siblings, helping them to develop strong family bonds and above all achieve an independent and positive place in society supported by their sibling relationships.
Siblings Together provide opportunities for planned, enjoyable, creative and high quality sibling contact, for children living in different care arrangements.
Our residential holiday camps and monthly activity days MADs are most suitable for children & young people aged 7-18 years, although occasionally older siblings are welcomed along to join in some activities, or to assist.
Our Creative Connections programmes are developed for a variety of age groups creating positive experiences for all children in care, not just sibling groups. These programmes include our Annual Young Writer's week held at the Arvon Foundation, film making at The Roundhouse, and drama weeks at The Young Vic Theatre and Questors Theatre. Some of our Creative Connections projects are specifically for 16-25 year olds who are in the careleaver's age group.
Through our work we also influence policy and practice on the issue of sibling family contact.
Monthly Activity Days (MADs) London
- 1 contact session between siblings each month from 10am - 4pm (either Saturday or Sunday)
- Opportunity for brothers and sister to enjoy regular extended contact with each other through participating in fun activities and trips, such as London Eye, Kayaking, London Aquarium, Bowling, City Farm - to name but a few
- Opportunity for sibling group to socialise with the other young people and children who have a shared experience of being separated in the care system (our groups are small, about 6-10 children attending per session)
- Contact sessions are supervised by qualified social workers and youth workers who are assisted by a highly skilled volunteer team
- Provision of written feedback to social workers after each session
- The service is available for children 5-18 years of age
- The cost is only £30 per child (due to the fact the charity fundraises all year round to subsidise the service to make it affordable for local authorities)
And most importantly...
- The specialist contact arrangement that we offer have been proven to improve the day to day lived experience for children who attend MADs by significantly reducing the pain, hurt and anger that is caused through sibling separation.