MyTime Peer Support Groups
What is MyTime?
MyTime is a peer support program for parents and caregivers of children 0-18 with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. If you feel like you need some time for yourself to connect with other parents and caregivers who understand caring for a child with complex needs, MyTime is an opportunity to do that. Each group is supported by a facilitator who helps the group to connect over a coffee and chat in a relaxed environment. Throughout the term the group will also spend sessions on self-care activities and structured discussions around, relevant topics.
Parents and caregivers come together to socialise and find out about local community support and research based parenting information. During group sessions, play helpers keep preschool children, including under school aged siblings, busy with activities such as singing, drawing, playing with toys, blocks or sand so members can spend time catching up with one another. (While children are in the care of the play helper they remain the responsibility of the parent/carer at all times.)
How does it work?
MyTime is funded by the Department of Social Services and co-ordinated nationally by the Parenting Research Centre. Any person who is eligible for the Carer (child) allowance is welcome to attend until their child reaches 18. Children can accompany members to groups until they reach school age.
There are MyTime groups in metropolitan and regional Victoria. Down Syndrome Victoria is a Coalition Lead Agency delivering groups across the state. Please see the MyTime website for locations of groups.
For more information
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 658 873 if you are interested in joining a Down Syndrome Victoria lead MyTime group in your area.