MyTime provides support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child aged 0-18 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. The group is co-located with other early years services. The group has 2 staff members each week. Children 0-18 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.
Times and Locations
MyTime’s groups align with 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
- 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
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.email@example.com
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
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.
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’.
For more information about MyTime@Tweddle call LeAnn Williams on (03) 8387 0649