“MyTime has been an amazing support to me. It allows me to talk to people who really understand.”
Why My Time
MyTime is free
MyTime groups are free to join, and being a part of MyTime does not affect your NDIS funding.
It’s support for you
Meet other parents and family carers of children with disabilities. MyTime is a place to socialise, to discuss, to get information, and to support and be supported by other carers.
All MyTime groups have a trained facilitator, who helps group members get to know each other and learn more about local resources and support services.
You can bring your children
You can bring your preschool-age children to MyTime. While you unwind, children are kept engaged nearby by MyTime play helpers.
MyTime groups are not restricted to parents of children with particular additional needs – there are not specific MyTime groups for autism spectrum disorder or cerebral palsy, for example. All groups are open to all parents and carers. In some circumstances, you may be eligible to attend MyTime even if your child doesn't have a diagnosis.
What happens in a MyTime session?
Chat over coffee
In some MyTime sessions, members just relax over a coffee, talk about their week and share advice and information.
Learn something new
In some sessions the facilitator or a guest speaker might lead discussion on a topic of interest.
Take care of yourself
Sometimes, the group might just have fun with an activity aimed at helping members relax and look after their wellbeing.
MyTime facilitators have experience in disability, parenting or family support. They make sure group discussion is open and inclusive, help members choose what they would like to discuss in their groups, and can also provide reliable resources and help organise speakers and activities.
Play helpers keep members’ preschool-age children engaged with activities such as singing, drawing, and playing with toys and blocks. Although some play helpers may be qualified child care workers, parents remain responsible for their own children at MyTime.