Parents and carers of young children with disability are at significant risk of isolation and are often socially disconnected from family and friends due to the intensity of their caring role.
- gives parents and carers the chance to socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and challenges of the caring role
- provides an opportunity for parents and carers to find out about available community support services and research-based parenting information
- provides groups with a facilitator for parents and carers and a play helper for children. The play helper organises play activities and provides support for the children while parents and carers participate in activities and discussions.
The Australian Government will provide ongoing funding of around $14.2 million to support the program until 2014.
Who will benefit from this program
The program assists parents and carers of children up to 16 years with disability or a chronic medical condition.
How the program is implemented
The program commenced in February 2007.
MyTime Peer Support Groups are provided in the community by local organisations. The program is coordinated nationally by the Parenting Research Centre.
Further information is available on the MyTime Peer Support Group website or by calling 1800 889 997.