MyTime groups provide free support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition 0-18
What is MyTime?
MyTime groups provide free support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition 0-18. It’s a place for families to meet others in similar circumstances and socialise over a coffee/tea in a relaxed, supportive environment. It’s a world away from appointments and therapy. It’s support for you.
MyTime is a nationwide initiative funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and nationally coordinated by the Parenting Research Centre.
What happens at MyTime?
MyTime is a place for families to meet other families in an inclusive supportive environment. Each group is delivered by a trained facilitator who helps families get to know one another and learn more about local resources and support services. Sessions look to create a space that acknowledges the importance of parental well-being and offers them opportunities to take time for themselves amongst others who understand the nature of this caring role.
Pre-school aged children are welcome to attend, and an educator is there to engage them in activities. Our educators use contemporary pedagogy to encourage participation, supporting interests, needs and strengths of attending children. Siblings are also welcoming to attend MyTime and join in the fun.
What are parents saying about MyTime?
MyTime groups have helped provide support to thousands of families across the country for almost a decade. Families largely express how valuable they have found the program in helping them gain social support and personal wellbeing. Here is what they are saying:
“MyTime gives parents a chance to have some time with parents in similar situations. It gives us a chance to speak, listen, learn and relax once a week while our children are safe and making friends in a positive and stimulating environment. It is a great group to be part of”.
“I have found the MyTime group very beneficial for my son. He is nearly 3 years old and his ability to interact with other children has brought him out of his shell. As a first-time parent, I have found it beneficial to talk and ‘bounce’ off other parents. To get ideas from other parents and to exchange notes with them is a very interesting exercise”.
“I’m new to MyTime but it is fast becoming a highlight and priority in my week. It’s great to meet up with other mums who are coping and dealing with children who have physical, medical or intellectual challenges. MyTime is great company, great coffee, and a great supportive, caring environment”.
Who helps offer MyTime in NSW?
MyTime is a nationally delivered program funded by the Australian Government of Social Services and nationally coordinated by the Parenting Research Centre. Services and organisation such as Playgroup NSW work collaboratively with the Parenting Research Centre to help support delivery from a local level.
To find out where your local MyTime group is and how to get involved, please visit MyTime website