What We Do
MyTIME is dedicated to offering young carers a break and the support that they need. We primarily work with groups from Dorset and Hampshire, although groups from across the south are contacting us to learn more. Young carers say they miss out on what other children their age are doing because of their caring role.
Each young carer we support is unique and so the breaks that we offer can be tailored with activities to suit. When a young carer has to look after a relative their childhood is thrown upside down. MyTIME is determined to help these heroic young people.
“It’s amazing to now be able to be myself and not have to act like an adult. I feel free and there’s less weight on my back.”
Joanne – a teenage young carer, writing during a break at our Outdoor Centre at Worth Matravers
We offer play days and breaks, packed with fun, freedom and friendship, providing a chance to get away and be released from the responsibility of caring. We are also working to extend our support into the community.
We work closely with charity partners, affiliates, young carer groups and schools to understand needs and deliver the best support we can. Our young carers love our Outdoor Centre breaks, here's what they tell us:
MyTIME receives no direct Government funding. We constantly need support to fund our core objectives. We aim to provide respite breaks for 150 young carers in 2018. We need to find £300 per young carer who comes to stay with us for the weekend.
Between the ages of 13 and 18 we start to see closer, more wholesome relationships forming and it is our purpose to help and guide them through this period, when they are experiencing a more mature social interaction. We encourage them to interact socially with their peers and develop personal skills that will support them throughout life.
LISTEN TO MYTIME'S JOANNE BARKER INTERVIEWED ABOUT THE LIVES OF YOUNG CARERS AND WHAT WE DO TO HELP
These activities are just one part of the respite experience as it is important to provide peace and relaxation in our beautiful surroundings. Even a limited respite period each year is such a warm and nurturing experience that many of our young guests stay in touch with us into their adulthood.
"One of my key priorities as President of Poole Bay Rotary Club was to support young carers. It quickly became clear that the need for such support was hugely greater than I had realised and our Club was delighted to form a relationship with MyTime. The charity is doing excellent work for these vulnerable individuals who are under daily pressure on all sides and who are being asked to act like adults at such tender ages. MyTime has developed an innovative and creative respite programme for young carers and has a clear vision with committed staff to ensure delivery of its plans." Eddie Newcomb OBE President of the Rotary Club of Poole Bay 2016-17