Connecting parents with their peers
MyTime supports parents and carers of children with disabilities. It connects them with others in similar situations and offers skilled guidance from a facilitator to help them access local services and reliable information.
We coordinate more than 200 MyTime groups across Australia, which are delivered by state-based disability and family support partner agencies.
Research shows that parents of children with disabilities have a higher risk poor emotional and physical health. These parents are more likely to feel isolated, overwhelmed, and unable to relate to other parents.
Peer support programs like MyTime offer parents the opportunity to share their experiences with peers and gain valuable social and emotional support.
More than 12,000 parents have attended MyTime since it began in 2006 and our research shows parents and carers value the program.
- 90% of MyTime parents were highly satisfied with how their groups are run
- 80% said resources provided in groups are useful
- 79% felt that groups help them feel supported in their caring role
- 77% developed relationships with other parents and carers of children with disability or chronic medical conditions as a result of MyTime.
Through MyTime, parents and carers meet, learn from each other and learn about local support services. While they’re accessing that support, play helpers engage the children in targeted activities.
“MyTime is a place where parents and carers can go and not feel judged, to find a friend, to connect to your community and to have a life line in the hardest of times.”
– member feedback
MyTime is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.