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New Young Carers book educates readers that It's Cool to Care!

Wednesday 2nd June 2021

The Gwent Carers Regional Partnership Board is proud to support the launch of its Young Carers book, It’s Cool to Care, in recognition of Carers week, which takes place between 7th and 13th June 2021.

Written by young carers themselves, the book is based on real life young carers’ experiences. The book is set in a jungle, where young parrot, Jack, experiences some misadventures when looking after and protecting his little sister, Thelma. The story touches on a number of themes; from love and care, to danger, courage, acceptance and friendship. The book illustrates how young carers are not alone and aims to provide them with confidence to support one another, along with the message that being different is a good thing.

Young Carers provide an incredible contribution to society, and in Gwent, they are keen to ensure they are supported across various settings in their caring roles. They work in partnership with carers, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Local Authorities, Community Health Council and the Third sector to support unpaid carers of all ages. Young carers have been incredibly enthusiastic in designing and developing this book, as well as encouraging parents and other professionals to join in too.

A representative from Young carers said “The book will help young carers, teachers and others to show everybody It’s Cool to Care. You don’t have to be a young carer to enjoy this book. Anyone can read it and it will help get you thinking about young carers”

Naheed Ashraf, Regional Carers Programme Lead at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said “Young Carers have been phenomenal in writing this book. A wonderful and heart-warming story with colourful illustrations. A story with hidden life lessons and a meaningful message. It really is cool to care!“