At the launch of Bidges Mob last week were Goonellabah Public School students with (rear l-r) Julie Leete from Interrelate, Goonellabah Public School assistant principal David Whitelaw, Thea Keane from Interrelate and Goonellabah Public teacher Mary Cruise.
At the launch of Bidges Mob last week were Goonellabah Public School students with (rear l-r) Julie Leete from Interrelate, Goonellabah Public School assistant principal David Whitelaw, Thea Keane from Interrelate and Goonellabah Public teacher Mary Cruise.

Kids' book tackles family issues

Helping Indigenous kids to understand and process family separation is the aim of a new book, Bidges Mob, which was launched at Goonellabah Public School last week.

Written by Gayle Dell for Interrelate, the Lismore-based family relationships centre, Bidges Mob is about an Aboriginal boy whose parents have separated. It looks at the issues the young boy has to face and delivers these messages in a way young children can understand and relate to.

“It’s about helping kids make sense of family separation and know they are not alone – they get a sense that other people are in this situation and that helps to normalise it,” Julie Leete from Interrelate said. “It talks a lot about the importance of family and extended family and the kids really loved it.

“We launched it at Goonellabah Public because the school has a long tradition of really supporting Aboriginal children and Aboriginal families, so it just felt like the right place.”

Bidges Mob is available from Interrelate for $14.95. Interrelate work with families and children experiencing family separation and they have donated copies to the school to assist children at that difficult transition point.

Interrelate is a free service. For more information or to grab a copy of the book, phone 6622 7003.


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