Siblings Together Mar 2017 What we've been up to this month: “My siblings are the only people in the world who know what it’s like to have been brought up the way we were and that has helped more than anything else“ (Careleaver) Welcome to… This month, we are pleased to announce that our interim MADs Co-ordinator, Michele Smith, will be joining Siblings Together. Michele brings over 20 years of experience working with children and families, as a senior youth and community work practitioner, educationalist and published author. Michele is really looking forward to working with the children and the team are very excited to welcome her aboard. Huge Congratulations to... Nathaniel Hill, one of our Siblings Together Camps volunteers has just won Volunteer of the Year (Southwark) Nathaniel is a care leaver who, having attended Siblings Together camps, has since trained as a volunteer for both Camps and Mads. Nathaniel is a fantastic, caring and dedicated volunteer and Siblings Together are very proud he has been honoured with this award. We look forward to watching with pride when Nathaniel receives his award at Tate Modern in May Our Impact Once again we have had some wonderful feedback on how important the Monthly Activity Day sessions are to the siblings we support. This recent email from a social worker responsible for a sibling group of 6 who have been attending MADs reinforces the significance and impact of our work in supporting sibling relationships: ‘We had our annual LAC and Leaving Care, Celebrating Success Awards recently. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, however everyone was really impressed by the relationship which has been fostered between the children and noticed and commented on how lovely a bond they all have. Thank you for your continued support for all the children and providing a space for them to develop and build their sibling relationships.’ The social worker is also considering referring the family to our siblings summer camps, as she feels the strengthening sibling bonds that have grown through their participation at MADs, is now at a level that would make a week’s camp together possible.