Project: Just Time

The Just Time project is unabashedly about love: fortifying, undergirding, strengthening-of-all-things love. And specifically, how the bonds of love and positive emotion, which form the basis of secure attachment between parent and child, gift that child’s life with mental wellbeing, relationship which grows language and social communication, and from there, on into literacy; and then beyond into further education, employment and pro-social enjoyment of life; and further yet, into citizenship and wisdom.

The Just Time project brings the well-respected and well-researched Circle of Security Parent DVD Program® to the mums and dads of Tasmania’s Risdon Prison.  In October 2018, Government funding allowed us to begin delivering the program in three prison areas, in back-to-back cycles of the eight week program – and to set up an independent evaluation by the University of Tasmania.

Refunded!

Our gratitude goes out once again to Tasmania’s Attorney-General and Justice Minister The Honourable Elise Archer, and her Government, for understanding the human value and the social value of this program – it is refunded!

As at June 2019, we have learned that Just Time will be funded for another 12 months! 

About The Circle of Security

The Circle of Security teaches the processes of parent-child attachment using a simple graphic, powerful metaphors and reflective dialogue within a small group. You can read a report containing many verbatim quotes from the participating mums in our first iterations of the program right here. It is stuff of authenticity and vulnerability. The mums are all to be honoured and greatly commended.

One of our facilitators, speech pathologist Sarah Kay, said this about the program:

“Circle of Security works. It’s a simple and effective program with benefits for all families within our society. Unequivocally and unquestionably do not withhold this from at-risk parents.”

She’s right.

Simple. Effective. Works.

With benefits for all families. Yours and mine included.

Private Support

Generous private funding has also been extended this year to include a new pilot project – Mini Just Moving On. Mini-JMO is giving ongoing connection, support – ‘throughcare’ – to one of the Just Time participants now that she has been released from prison and is living back in community. This throughcare is focusing on connecting with her about her skills of attachment, language, literacy and child-centred play. It is providing us with an opportunity to understand more about how to measure this work; and this will help inform a more formal study of the communication supports which are of value to parents back in community, and with access to their children once more.

The beautiful profession of speech pathology brings so much to this work. Speech pathologists are trained and equipped with scientific tools to support all communication impairments and weaknesses – spoken, written, and social – in all ages, and from all levels of ability.

We are ever grateful to our private benefactors: The Dickinson Family Trust, The Chrysanthemum Foundation, The Jetty Foundation, The Myer Foundation and the growing number of private donors. Thank you for enabling this important work of social equity, humanity and empowering connection.