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Young parents write book to encourage families to play

A group of mums and dads from Swansea have proved the old saying that everyone has a book inside them.


The young parents, who have been working with the innovative Swansea Jig-So team, have drawn on their own experiences to create an illustrated children's book that was launched this week and is now on the shelves in libraries across Swansea.

Called 'An Adventure With Gramps', the story aims to encourage parents, grandparents and guardians to play with their children to have fun and keep them active.

More than 50 people, including the Chair of ABMU Health Board, Andrew Davies, and the Lord Mayor of Swansea David Hopkins, attended a launch at the LC for the project which was run by Best Start Swansea. Best Start Swansea is a Healthy City campaign involving Swansea Council, the ABMU Health Board and wider partners working together to give every child in Swansea the Best Start in life.

It raises awareness of how families and communities can improve a child's readiness for learning and life by supporting parents from pregnancy right through to their child starting school.

Among the parents taking part was dad-of-two Ashley Rix from Penlan.

He said: "It was an amazing experience. When my kids are a bit older I'll be able to show them the book and say 'mammy and daddy's names are on it with their friends and look - it's dedicated to you'.

"We all came up with our own ideas and it tells the story of a family of dogs, where their parents go out and the kids are left with their grandpa

"We used our imagination and we thought back to when we were kids and how we used our imagination when we played.

"Not everyone can say they have written a book - not everyone gets a chance to do that.

"It will be nice when I see someone reading it and I'll be able to think to myself 'wow, I took part in that and I helped make that'."

The parents worked with local illustrator and authors Thomas and Helen Docherty.

Inside each parent dedicates the book to their children.

Helen said: "I was amazed by how much effort and time they put into it. Everyone came up with ideas and I think they should be incredibly proud of it."

The book is available bilingually for loan in all of Swansea's libraries.

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