#MeTime Siblings Project

Siblings of children with disabilities and complex needs often experience disadvantage related to their situations. Understandably, parents / carers may need to spend more time with children in their families who have complex needs.

This can be difficult for siblings, especially younger ones, who can become frustrated despite their understanding. Some, depending on family circumstances, by default are also carers, often also taking some responsibility for parental caring. The added time given to the children in need of support can mean siblings don’t get as much time as their peers to take part in everyday activities such as spending time with their friends, having fun with their own peer groups or having quality time with their parents or other family members.

Our #MeTime project offers activities and support designed specifically for brothers and sisters aged 0-18 who may have a young sibling(s) with complex physical, communication, medical or learning difficulties. We provides lots of exciting activities and trips where they can forget their individual challenges and just enjoy being a child. It’s a great opportunity for them to have some fun, spend time with friends and enjoy some much needed me time!

Our recent activities have included a trip to Alnwick Castle & Gardens, a day out at Northumberland Country Zoo and a tour round St James’ Park!

We are currently taking referrals for this project from families in the North Tyneside area. For further information please contact Jacqui or Julie on 0191 2622261 or at jacqui.thompson@ldne.org.uk / julie.redpath@ldne.org.uk