Parent Carers Hope To Launch Sibling Support Programme

Scilly’s Parent Carers group is hoping to launch a new programme of support for the islands’ children.

The local association works with the Council but receives government funding to help children with additional educational needs and their families. They work with agencies to improve access to services and host special events for the children of fifteen local families.

Tracy Smith from the group says brothers and sisters of additional needs children can sometimes feel overlooked.

From Radio Scilly

Tracy Smith talks about the Parent Carers group

In the New Year, the group is hoping to arrange arts-based activities for siblings, such as those run by mainland group, Art Therapy, although this will depend on them gaining the necessary funding for the sessions.

They’ll be used to find out how the kids feel and what extra help or consideration they need. A report will be compiled afterwards.

Tracy says this approach can help children to open up about their emotions in a supportive environment. She says siblings often help parents in a caring role and it’s an opportunity to acknowledge them and those aspects of life which they find challenging.


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