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New Pathways sends a copy of storybook supporting young people through trauma to Gwent primary schools and children’s services 

New Pathways sends a copy of storybook supporting young people through trauma to Gwent primary schools and children’s services 

Date: 15 May 2024 | By: newpathway

The forest-based tale takes children on a journey with ‘Hare’, while he learns and practices healthy coping mechanisms and grounding techniques. 

We are excited to announce that we are sending copies of our storybook resource for children and young people, ‘Helping the Hare who Hurts’ to primary schools, social services and children’s mental health services throughout Gwent.  

New Pathways works with over 4000 clients every year, including over 1,000 children. Our Children & Young Person (CYP) Counsellors and Support Workers have been using the book with great success to help young survivors process their experiences of sexual abuse and understand their responses. The storybook was written and illustrated by art psychotherapist and counsellor, Lillith Gough, to assist professionals working with children in talking to them about trauma in a sensitive and age-appropriate way. 

‘Helping the Hare who Hurts’ has already been sent to primary schools and libraries in Cardiff. Following its success, we have been supported by the Gwent Innovation Fund to send copies of the storybook to primary schools, social services and children’s mental health services in Gwent, where it is already making an impact. 

I am currently working with two children affected by trauma”, said RR, a Crisis Worker from Cwmbran. “I know this book will make a huge difference to helping these children through the trauma and will help me to help them with stabilisation. It's fantastic that schools are receiving a copy of this book, it will be a huge benefit to many children and staff alike”. 

Whilst New Pathways specialises in providing support to survivors of sexual violence (rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse), the book can be used by any professionals working with children and young people across a range of settings. 

"One of our counsellors was able to use the book with a young child who has recently been placed into foster care,” said Julie Pickersgill, a Senior Family Support Practitioner. “The books have been shared between three therapeutic family support teams working with children in care, edge of care service and early help teams”. 

For more information on the ‘Helping The Hare Who Hurts’ storybook and how to receive a copy, or to learn more about the work of New Pathways, email [email protected]. The photo shows children's team practitioners in Monmouthshire receiving their copies!

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