Bear story helps teach car­ing role

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - THOMAS DEA­CON thomas.dea­con@waleson­

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.

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