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Ashdown siblings offers sessions in the school holidays to siblings of our disabled children aged 5 or over. The service was launched in 2007 after parents and carers said they found it hard to divide time equally between their children when one of them has special needs.
The sessions are themed activity days and outings with staff enabling the children to meet others in the same situation as themselves, have fun and relax. Activities have included circus skills workshops, cooking, crafts, free play, games, puzzles, parties and bowling.
Families are eligible to access short breaks funded services if they receive (or would be eligible if applied) for the middle or high rate care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Self-Assessment forms are available from Ashdown on request if you do not already receive DLA.
This service is supported by West Sussex County Council funding and other generous sponsors enabling these special days to generally be available at no extra cost to families other than the standard session fee.
'Ashdown is great because disabled children can express and enjoy themselves. When my brother is at Ashdown it means I can do things with Mum and I know he is happy there. When I go to the sibling sessions at Ashdown it's nice because I meet people who understand me and my brother.' Jessica
'The sibling club has also helped my family, as it enables some much needed fun, and a break from the mayhem at home for my eldest son, who can meet up and make new friends with children that have a similar family background and issues. The huge benefit for me is the respite that it gives me, knowing that my children are in safe and knowledgeable hands, and having fun at the same time.' Esther