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New support group to connect Dubbo parents and carers of children with a disability

MyTime group starting in Dubbo to enable parents to share their stories and support each other

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A new free support group will soon connect parents and carers of young children with a disability in the Dubbo area.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is launching a Dubbo MyTime group which will meet every third Thursday morning during the school term.

Mel Brander from Cerebral Palsy Alliance Dubbo said the MyTime group will enable 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’, Mel 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 Dubbo MyTime group will enable 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 will be facilitated by experienced Cerebral Palsy Alliance staff. Parents and carers will be able to 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 will provide a play helper to keep 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 Dubbo MyTime Group will meet at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Dubbo site (140 Gipps Street) from 10am-12pm every third Thursday during the school term. The first session will be on Thursday 27th February. Morning tea will be provided.

Any parents or carers interested in joining Dubbo MyTime can contact Mel Brander on 68 821077 or at mbrander@cerebralpalsy.org.au

 

Released on 21 Feb 2014