The MyTime for Grandparents peer support groups give grandparent and kinship carers the opportunity to reduce social isolation, increase their knowledge about services, payments and resources available to them and improve their family functioning and wellbeing. Each peer support group consists of two workers – a Facilitator for the grandparent and kinship carers and a Play Helper for the children. The Facilitators work with participants to help them get to know each other and to provide information about services, supports and resources in their area, enhancing take up of existing services, while the Play Helper provides activities for the children. Each peer support group comprises between 4 and 12 families. Sessions are usually held once per fortnight for two hours during the school term.
The groups are delivered in the community by local organisations. The Parenting Research Centre Inc is the National Coordinator of MyTime for Grandparents and has overall responsibility for the 25 peer support groups.
Who is the service for?
All grandparent and kinship carers who are full time carers of children up to the age of 18 years are able to attend these peer support groups regardless of whether their arrangements are formal (by legal arrangements) or informal.
Where and when do the groups meet?
The peer support group sessions are held once a fortnight for two hours during the school term. Each group has its own meeting place and time. The locations of the MyTime peer support groups can be found on the Parenting Research Centre website at: www.mytime.net.au.
Where to get more information?
Further information is available by contacting:
Information for grandparents and carers who raise and care for children is also available on the Centrelink website at: www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/grandparent-advisers and the Carer’s Online Resource at: www.familyrelationships.gov.au/carers