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Mental health training resources provider Choices Education has developed the ‘I care … do you?’ game in conjunction with the Young Carers Service, a part of Carers Trust Swansea Bay in Wales to help identify young carers and increase awareness of their roles and challenges. It was featured as part of a recent ITV News report which highlighted that young carers miss or cut short almost 10 school weeks a year due to their commitments.
Players follow the path of the young carer or young person with each step representing an aspect of their day. The ‘pick up’ cards are uncontrollable events that either have a positive or negative outcome for each.
Its interactive format engages young people with the subject and it is already being used by schools, support organisations, universities and health authorities with excellent results.
Kathy Proudfoot, Carers Development Officer with Bridgend County Borough Council said: “We piloted the ‘I care … Do you?’ game as part of a Personal and Social Education day on raising awareness of young carers’ issues at a local comprehensive school in Wales for year 8 pupils.
The game was really well received with the majority of the feedback from pupils listing it as their favourite element. The pupils were very animated and it really opened up the discussion about young carers and the challenges they face. It’s definitely a tool I would use again and we have now distributed games to schools in Bridgend for use in PSE lessons.”
Jos Duncan, founder of Choices Education states: “As the game was developed by young people with a caring role, we were confident that it would be well received and are delighted that it is helping to raise awareness and increase understanding.”
The game can be played by 2 or 4 young people and consists of a durable A3 hardback plastic coated board, two sets of pick up cards, four playing pieces, a coloured dice and a rule sheet and can be ordered here.
Carers’ Champions explore the game
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