Disability impacts everyone in the family – sometimes this is an intensely positive and rewarding experience and other times it can be challenging.
The Deadly SIBS program focuses on the brothers and sisters (siblings) in families where there is a child living with disability or chronic illness.
While disability may not be largely spoken about in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, Deadly SIBS is all about providing young carers respite and education in a culturally respectful way.
We spend time with Deadly SIBS (aged 5-17 years) and offer fun and exciting activities that get them out of the house and away from caring duties and meet other children who also share similar stories.
What do we do?
Saturday Sibs Club: for Sibs (aged 5-12 years) who would like to attend a range of Deadly programs like movies, canoeing, art workshops, dance groups and day trips South and North of Wollongong to connect back onto country. Our groups connect the next generation to cultural activities such as bush walking, creating artworks, Boomerang making and other suitable activities to keep them connected to culture.
Teen Sibs: is just like our Saturday Sibs Club but for young people aged 13-17 years. This program gives young people an opportunity to hang out and yarn with others who have things in common and share the experience of disability.
Annual camp: once a year we plan a deadly weekend camp away. It’s a chance to connect young ones back to Country with the opportunity to stay on traditional sites around the Illawarra and surrounding areas.
Yarning workshops: Deadly SibsMatters is an educational and story telling session where young Indigenous SIBS can learn and explore different ways to deal with disability and their caring role in our community.
Our Saturday SibsClub is growing and we need your help to make our sibs' day special! You can make our Saturday SibsClub happen by donating towards the cost of providing new and exciting adventures for our sibs. Whether it's a one-off donation, a regular monthly contribution or a bequest your assistance is very much appreciated. Please visit the 'Give Now' website below.
Please call CatholicCare on (02) 4227 1122 for more information on this program.