MyTime groups provide support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition. It’s a place for you to unwind and talk about your experiences. It’s a world away from appointments and therapy. It’s support for you.
MyTime groups provide facilitated peer support to families raising children with complex needs. Peer support groups provide an opportunity for people who are living similar experiences to share those experiences and support each other. They typically consist of a group of people who share a similar—but not necessarily identical—life experience. Peer support groups expose people to varied ways of reacting to and coping with their challenges, give them a chance to share positive experiences, and lead to an increased sense of belonging and wellbeing.
MyTime groups will bring you together with people who share similar challenges to your own. Through talking and sharing experiences, you can build relationships with other families. You can also find research-based parenting information and learn new skills. By looking after your own wellbeing, you are looking after your child.
MyTime is open to anyone who caring for a child with disability, developmental delay, or chronic medical condition. Groups are open to everyone, regardless of the condition of their child. Children below school age may also attend groups with their parent or carer.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact your closest group.
What to expect
MyTime groups provide a place to socialise, to discuss, to get information, and to support and be supported by other carers.
Facilitators work with group members, helping them get to know each other and learn more about the services and supports in their area. Members choose what they would like to discuss in their groups, with help from the facilitator. Depending on what the group wants to do, the facilitator might guide group activities or provide resources.
Facilitators are workers from local organisations. They have qualifications and experience in disability, parenting or family support and bring to the MyTime group a good understanding of local resources and support services.
Play helpers keep children, including under school aged siblings, busy and active in activities such as singing, drawing, playing with toys, blocks or sand so members can spend time catching up with one another. Play helpers have skills in leading children’s play activities. However, they may not be qualified child care workers.
Each MyTime peer support group has a maximum of twelve families, and meets regularly. The timing of group sessions is decided by families in discussion with the facilitator.
HOW MYTIME IS COORDINATED
MyTime funding is provided by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, and is coordinated nationally by the Parenting Research Centre.
The Parenting Research Centre (PRC) seeks better outcomes for children by increasing effectiveness and fostering innovation in the way families are supported in their parenting. For more details about our other programs and projects visit the PRC website.
MyTime groups are set up in the community by local Partner Agencies which deliver services in parenting, disability, family support and raising children with additional needs. For more information about any of our
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