Here’s what Carers Development Officer Kathy Proudfoot had to say:
“A colleague and I piloted the ‘I care … Do you?’ game during a Personal and Social Education day at a local comprehensive school in Wales for year 8 pupils where we delivered 5 x 1 hour sessions throughout the day on raising awareness of young carers’ issues.
The game was a part of the session and was really well received with the majority of the feedback from pupils listing the game as their favourite element.The pupils were very animated whilst playing the game and it really opened up the discussion about young carers and the challenges they face.
It’s definitely a tool I would use again with young people and we have now distributed games to schools in Bridgend for use in PSE lessons.”
The children said…
“The game was good and tells you about the responsibilities of young carers and what they have to do on a daily basis. It also makes you think twice about teasing other people – for all you know that person could be a young carer. They also might experience the feelings that a young carer might feel because they might care for someone in later life.”
“I think it is a really effective way of learning about young carers because you learn in a fun way and it makes you remember a lot about how many young carers have lots of responsibilities. They also worry a lot and it can affect your school work. This board game can encourage people to help and learn about young carers.”
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