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MyTime

MyTime 

MyTime provides support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition. MyTime provides a place to socialise, to discuss, to get information, and to support and be supported by other carers.

Facilitators work with group members, helping them get to know each other and learn more about the services and supports in their area. Members choose what they would like to discuss in their groups, with help from the facilitator. Depending on what the group wants to do, the facilitator might guide group activities or provide resources.

Facilitators are workers from local organisations. They have qualifications and experience in disability, parenting or family support and bring to the MyTime group a good understanding of local resources and support services.

Play helpers keep children, including under school aged siblings, busy and active in activities such as singing, drawing, playing with toys, blocks or sand so members can spend time catching up with one another. Play helpers have skills in leading children’s play activities. However, they may not be qualified child care workers.

Visit the Parenting Research Centre MyTime website for more resources, information and locations.

Tweddle Welcomes Families To MyTime Newport

Tweddle is thrilled to announce the relocation of MyTime Williamstown to the Newport Gardens Early Years Centre. Commencing Friday February 13th, the group is co-located with other early years services.

The group has 2 staff members each week. Children are most welcome and are engaged in play activities with staff while you can talk with others in the group. Please download the Newport flyer and contact the MyTime Coordinator on (03) 9689 1577 for more information.

MyTime in Footscray relocates to Sunshine

The MyTime Footscray group is relocating to Sunshine Special Developmental School in 2016. The Members of the Footscray group have visited the new venue and have been actively involved in resourcing and conributing to the shared nature of the community hub.  See session information below.

Families take a break over carers week  

To acknowledge the role of Carers within our community MyTime @ Tweddle hosted special Morning teas at all 6 groups and presented all registered members who were in attendance with a small gift. This gift consisted of a mindful colouring book and pencils, small potted flower plant, chocolate time out bar and free coffee cards. The morning Tea and gifts were supported by a grant from Carers Victoria and Donations from Bunnings, Masters, Kmart and local coffee shops. This activity would not have been possible without these companies.

This session would have been the highlight for the month as the gifts actively promoted carers taking some Time Out from their role as a carer – if only for a coffee.

Times

In 2017 Tweddle groups will commence week starting Monday 9th February.

MyTime's terms with the regular school term dates. We are welcoming new families to MyTime. If you would like to experience the support, friendship and respite that comes with connecting with others who have a child with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition, give LeAnn Williams a call on (03) 8387 0649

  • Avondale Heights 9.30am - 11.30am every Monday  
  • Sunshine 9.30am to 11.30am every Tuesday  
  • Point Cook 10am to 12pm every Wednesday  
  • Werribee  9.30am to 11.30am every Thursday 
  • Wyndham Vale 9am to 11am every Thursday
  • Newport 10am -  midday every Friday

Locations

  • Avondale Heights Rhonda Davis Centre - 54 lake street in Avondale Heights
  • Wyndham Vale Manor Lakes College - 2-50 Minindee Road Wyndham Vale
  • Sunshine Sunshine Special Development School - Ivory Court Sunshine(car park Mounsey St)
  • Point Cook Featherbrook Community Centre 33-35 Windorah Dve Point Cook 
  • Werribee  Wyndham Park Community Centre 57 Kookaburra Ave Werribee 
  • Newport Newport Gardens Early Years Centre - 51 Maddox Street Newport
Download the MyTime Locations and Times Flyer here.
 
MyTime is funded by the Department of Social Services and coordinated by The Parenting Research Centre.
 
Important partnerships with Manor Lakes College and Moonee Valley City Council underpin our groups in Avondale Heights and Wyndhamvale. Parents become a great support for each other and continue the support outside of the MyTime framework, by staying in touch on social media and having play dates.

Discussion topics cover behaviour management and  strategies around dealing with the challenges of public displays of frustration, schooling options and the enrolment criteria, success in toilet timing, eating new foods and when a child uses PECS to communicate.

The MyTime groups provide a relaxed environment to make friends and to explore and discuss helpful resources over a cup of tea or coffee while your child plays with the support of a play helper.

We invite families to drop in for a chat and meet the MyTime team in your area. 

If you'd like the support and understanding of others facing the same challenges and to know more about MyTime call the MyTime Coordinator on 8387 0649 or LeAnn.williams@tweddle.org.au

New Resources for parents of children with a disability or develomental delay.

There are many different areas of developmental delay.  It's the term used when a child is slower to reach milestones than other children.  Delay may occur in the way a child moves, communicates, thinks and learns or behaves with others.

Here's a Raising Children Network link that covers the identification of developmental delay and a booklet called 'Through the Maze' an overview of services and support for parents of children with a disability from the Association for Children with a Disability.   Call your GP or Maternal and Child Health Nurse if you would like to discuss this further. Here's a booklet (PDF) from the Royal Children's Hospital 'Developmental Delay' An information guide for parents

Tweddle_Developmental Delay - a guide for parents RCH       Tweddle_Through the Maze, Assoc for Children with a Disability

MyTime - A time for You.

My Time is a service providing an opportunity to unwind and connect for mums, dads, grand parents and anyone caring for a child from birth to any school age with a disability or chronic medical condition.  Parents can socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and intensity of the caring role.

The peer group brings together parents and carers with similar circumstances, to make time for themselves, have fun and to share their personal experiences. Find out about available community support, gain knowledge and information on parenting skills, while children play, supported by a play helper.  Have a hot cup of tea or coffee and take some time out for yourself.

Sessions are reassuring for parents/ carers, who often express sincere relief. Uplifted discussion and interest extends beyond time with an eagerness to meet again in the future.

Association for Children with a Disability visit MyTime

The Association for Children with A Disability spoke to thirteen mums attending the Point Cook MyTime group. After the mums chatted over tea and coffee, the discussion revolved around the importance of skilling families up on diagnosis, funding, respite and education. A passionate conversation followed around the frustrations, complications and inconsistencies with services.

The importance of assisting and supporting siblings and other children who share the lives with an autistic child was raised. As advocates of children with disabilities, parents and carers can sit down with school representatives to develop social, emotional, academic and individual learning plans to help underpin the child’s future outcomes.

Everyone agreed that while all children take a period of time adjusting to change, for autistic children, even the smallest change can be traumatic. Some parents spoke about how when a school teacher is absent, it throws out their child’s routine which is linked to their emotional security.

Families discussed funding for therapists and psychologists that help include children with additional needs into mainstream schools. Valuable stories were shared about how pathways into an autistic school are established.

MyTime@ Tweddle groups are held in six western locations. Helpful resources are available from the MyTime website www.mytime.net.au MyTime @Tweddle website www.tweddle.org.au and Association for Children with a disability website www.acd.org.au including ‘Helping You and Your Family’, ‘Through the maze’ and ‘Growing together’.

Deer Park Oaks Day

Who needs a flash Marquee when you’re getting together with supportive friends  at the MyTime Deer Park Oaks Day.  The ladies made the most of the morning dressed in their hats while enjoying a lovely morning tea with much horsing around.

This social event  is  one of many that forms part of the MyTime experience. The groups are about making friends  and more, in a relaxed accepting environment.   MyTime parents are often busy taking their children to medical and therapy appointments, except on a Thursday morning when they stop and take time out for themselves and share a cuppa and a chat. 

Play helper Vilma  joined the team 4 years ago and MyTime mum Nicole has also made the transition to play helper.  Whether meeting at Deer Park or out for lunch, children enjoy facilitated, interactive play while parent or carer can unwind with friends.

Here’s a snap of some of the Deer Park Mums sharing time on Oaks Day. I’m not sure if the ladies picked any winners but the vibe was great fun.   Come along and join in!

A Cuppa unites the community for parents of children with a disability.

On Monday 2nd August, Hobsons Bay and Wyndham parents of children with a disability joined supportive representatives in the community  to raise awareness of the stalled outcome of the Productivity Commission’s findings into long-term disability care and support.

The event, called DisabiliTea and organised by Every Australian Counts, took place at Altona Meadows  and Laverton Uniting Church at 10am.  Tweddle MyTime facilitator and parent Kylee Brealey was excited about the event which saw council representatives from the Home and Community care sector and disability workers joined local families with a disabled child.

Every Australian Counts is the campaign for the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme. The NDIS will revolutionise the way people with a disability, their families and carers are supported in this country.  The NDIS will be a new support system for people with a disability, their families and carers. It will transform the way services are funded and delivered, ensuring people are better supported and enabling them to have greater choice and control.

“We need every Australian to say that people with a disability, their families and carers are Australians too, and that their hopes and dreams count. That they are part of our community, and that they count” said Kylee.

Tweddle run MyTime, a weekly peer support group for parents of preschoolers and school aged  children with a disability or chronic medical condition. Groups are located across the west in Altona Meadows, Footscray, Hillside, Point Cook, Deer Park and Hoppers Crossing.   The groups run every school term for eight weeks and average between four to ten families.  

“When families find out their child has a disability it is often devastating and isolating, often resulting in losing friendships” Kylee added, “We need to show the government that there is widespread community support for change – and that the time for action has come”

for more information about MyTime@Tweddle call LeAnn Williams on (03) 8387 0649

Visit the MyTime website

 

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