New support group connects Riverina parents and carers of children with a disability
MyTime group starts in Wagga to enable parents to share their stories and support each other
A new free support group is connecting parents and carers of young children with a disability in the Riverina area.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance has launched a Wagga MyTime group which meets fortnightly every Tuesday morning during the school term.
Aneka Ceccato from Cerebral Palsy Alliance Wagga said the MyTime group enables parents and carers to come together and support each other.
‘Caring for a child with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition can be stressful on the entire family and isolating for the parents and carers’, Aneka said. ‘This can be particularly so in regional areas where families can feel geographically removed from others facing the same everyday challenges and stresses.
‘The new Wagga MyTime group enables mums, dads, grandparents and anyone caring for children with special needs to come together, chat over morning tea, and support each other.
‘It is incredibly empowering for carers to realise that they are not alone, and get reassurance, advice and support from others in similar situations.’
The group is facilitated by experienced Cerebral Palsy Alliance staff. Parents and carers can choose topics and activities to discuss and explore with the group facilitator. There will also be special presentations planned for during the year.
The MyTime group provides a play helper who keeps children, including under school aged siblings, busy and active so parents and carers can enjoy some time out whilst catching up with one another.
The Wagga MyTime Group meets at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Wagga site from 9:30am-11:30am every second Tuesday during the school term. Morning tea is provided.
Any parents or carers interested in joining Wagga MyTime can contact Marg Raven on 02-69219743 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Released on 25 Mar 2014