My Time CIC, based in Small Heath, has received a Centre for Social Justice national award, in recognition of its ‘outstanding’ mental health service provisions to families in Birmingham.
Single parent dad of three, Michael Lilley, founded My Time CIC in 2002, following years of work in the public sector, where he saw how vulnerable children and their families can be split apart through mental illness. Nearly 70 per cent of children in the Care System are there due to the mental health issues of parents.
Over the last 5 years My Time has developed FACT – Family Action for Choice Tomorrow – an intervention programme that supports parents and children in rebuilding their lives to help prevent vulnerable children from entering into the care system. In April, My Time CIC also helped formed the Birmingham Mental Health Consortium with other third sector organisations such as GP practices, to deliver mental health services to different areas of the city.
Lilley said; “Nearly 70 per cent of children in the Care System are there due to the mental health issues of parents, so it’s great that FACT has been recognised by the Centre for Social Justice. Birmingham itself has over over 17,000 children at level 3 (just on verge of going in to care) and 2,000 at level 4 (in care) at any one time. On average the minimum cost of a child in care is £40,000 per annum, so this is a huge and increasing social and economic issue in our society, and one of the main reasons our local authorities are in deficit year in year.”