Parents and primary caregivers of children with a disability, developmental delay or a chronic medical condition are encouraged to make contact with Kangaroo Island MyTime group.
MyTime is a free group for these parents to unwind and talk about their experiences.
A trained facilitator helps guide the discussion, share experiences and connect parents with support services.
A skilled play helper engages children below school age so parents and carers are free to chat with each other.
“Research tells us that many parents of children with disability struggle with finding time to look after themselves and that social isolation is a real danger for these unsung heroes,” said National MyTime director Annette Michaux.
The Kangaroo Island “MyTime” group meet every second Tuesday during school term at Junction Australia Community Centre and helps parents cope with challenges, share positive experiences, navigate support services and achieve an increased sense of well being.
“There are 200 MyTime groups around Australia and 90 per cent of parents who use this free support service are satisfied or highly satisfied with how their groups are run.” Ms. Michaux said.
MyTime groups are open to any parent or Carer of a child – up to 18 years of age – with disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. Children below school age can attend groups with their parent or carer.
Kangaroo Island MyTime group is coordinated by Eliz Veitch and interested parents can find out more my visiting www.mytime.net.au or calling Eliz on 0477 004 639.
MyTime funding is provided by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
The Parenting Research Centre coordinates the program nationally and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network co-ordinate 26 MyTime groups across South Australia.