Bear story helps teach caring role
YOUNG carers have written an illustrated book believed to be the first of its kind to help school pupils understand the role.
Action for Children’s Bridgend Young Carers are launching their book, The Bear Who Struggled to Care.
The book tells the story of two bear cubs whose mother has an accident which means they need to look after her.
One of the cubs, Ellie, takes to the role but Ben does not – and the story follows his journey to accepting his caring role.
The young carers wrote the book with the help of local illustrator and author Mike Church.
Family support practitioner at Bridgend Young Carers, Rhian Bennett said: “Through our project work in Bridgend schools, we found that pupils in secondary schools were able to grasp the role of a young carer quickly, however, younger children in primary schools found it difficult to understand.
“We thought about what we could do to support our awareness-raising sessions about young carers to primary school children and decided a storybook was a really good way of doing this.
“We’re thrilled with what Mike and the children have come up with and delighted it’s the first book of its kind. It will really help younger children understand being a young carer in a thoughtful and gentle way.”
The book will be launched at a special ceremony at Bridgend Carers Centre on May 31 at noon.