Welcome to the MyTime website
Our main aim is to support children aged 5 to 18 years who have a parent in prison. Our support is community based. Some children we support have regular contact with their parent in prison; others have no contact at all.
Our founder Dr Lorna Brookes has spent 10 years running therapeutic peer support groups and individual sessions for children with a parent in prison.
Lorna is also a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University; she wrote her PhD on how prisoners’ families experience community based support and continuously strives to bring together research and practice. She is also an international prisoner’s children representative, sitting on the board of INCCIP (International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents).
How we work
We are Child Led: MyTime is ‘a service created with children, for children’. We passionately believe that children are able to form sensible and effective solutions to their own problems if they are given the correct opportunities to do so.
Our Mission: MyTime’s mission is for all children with a parent in prison to be able to access specialised community-based support.
Our Governance: MyTime is governed by the charity Children Heard and Seen.
Our Funders: Huge thanks to The Liverpool Diocese Council for Social Aid (DCSA) for their generosity, providing funding towards our Merseyside provision.
What people say
Knowing my partner & children could access support while I was in prison was a weight off my mind.
The groups are so fun and this is the only place I can talk to other kids about how I really feel.
Support groups for my daughters have been instrumental in helping them cope with their father's imprisonment.