What is a KidsTime Workshop?
KidsTime Workshops are fun, supportive group sessions for families
where a parent or carer has been diagnosed with a mental illness.
The workshops offer a safe, relaxed and non-judgemental space for families to come together to learn and talk about mental illness, without shame or stigma.
Children get to meet other young people in the same situation, share experiences, get answers to questions and, most importantly, have fun!
Resources to promote KidsTime Workshops:
Young people’s feedback
Young people Kirsty and Chineye reflect on their childhood and discuss how KidsTime Workshops helped them when they were caring for a parent with a mental illness.
Layla, age 8, says:
KidsTime is a good place to go because you get to play games, run about, have fun and have pizza.
Jorge, parent, says:
KidsTime means a lot to me and my daughter. To be able to share in a safe place and not be judged is a great help.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I attend a workshop?
- To register for a workshop please speak to your Care Coordinator.
- Bradford’s KidsTime Workshop take place on the second Thursday of the month, 5.00pm – 7.30pm at East Family Hub, 365 Barkerend Road, Bradford, BD3 8QX.
- You’ll be contacted during the week of the workshop to find out if you need a taxi.
How do they help?
- Children can express themselves, reducing their fears and worries
- Children de-stress, grow in confidence and learn about mental
illness through games and drama
- Parents can discuss parenting and mental health problems in a
- Families share experiences and offer advice, discussing problems and solutions
Why should I attend?
- Enjoy some time out with the whole family, have fun and chat
- Make new friends and share knowledge and experiences
- Get helpful information about mental illness and ask questions
- Explore myths and fears about mental ill health, and combat stigma
- Children and families get to decide what we talk about
- There’s no pressure to talk and no-one is judged
- Families are welcome to attend as and when they can
- We provide snacks and refreshments – there’s always pizza
- We offer taxis for families that need them
What happens at a KidsTime Workshops?
- After everyone has arrived and said hello, we start with an activity for all the families to enjoy together. This is when we learn about
- Then the group splits into a parents’ group and a children’s group. In the parents’ group, parents have a chance to relax and talk to each other, while the children take part in drama, art and games and create a short film.
- At the end of the workshop, the group rejoins for refreshments – pizzas and snacks for everyone! We watch the children’s film and share what we’ve been talking about in the parents’ and children’s groups.
Can I speak to someone about KidsTime Workshops?
You can speak to your Care Coordinator about referring to our KidsTime Workshop. For other enquiries please contact us by email on [email protected]
Is there a KidsTime Workshop in my area?
There are lots of workshops available throughout the UK, head to Our Time’s website to see where your local workshop is.
KidsTime Video Resources
Below are some videos that show the type of approach you can expect in KidsTime Workshops.
The elephant in the room
When Gabriella’s dad develops a mental illness no one wants to talk about it, but things begin to get difficult.
Put away your labels
When Phoebe and Evelyn’s mum develops a mental illness they begin to notice differences in the way people behave towards them.
Ambeya talks about how her understanding of mental illness when she was growing up was distorted by others’ negative perceptions, and how she’s now learnt to deal with stigma. Ambeya said:
Dealing with the stigma of my Mum’s mental health was difficult.
Play video to hear Ambeya’s story
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