A Kirkcaldy children’s support worker has published a book to help children improve their self-confidence and open up about any problems they may have.
Dawn Muir (38), who works with children from vulnerable families at the Cottage Centre in Templehall, wrote her book ‘My Safe Place’ after seeing the difference attending the facilities provided by the centre could have on the children who go there.
“It’s amazing when you see a shy and withdrawn child who won’t speak to anyone when they first come along gradually coming out of their shell, growing in confidence and becoming much happier and more sociable because they feel safe,” she said.
“Writing a book to help children cope with their feelings is something that has always been on the back burner, but after losing my baby daughter at two days old, I decided not to put it off any longer.”
Dawn wrote the simple text for the book, while her partner Ray Cramb, a librarian with Stirling Council, illustrated it with colourful pictures. The couple then self-published it last year. It has now been take on board by both Fife and Stirling Councils, which have copies in their libraries.
“It is not about making money – it’s about helping children,” added Dawn. “Writing it was the easy part; it was all the rest of the publishing and printing side that was much more difficult.”
Dawn has just completed another book called ‘I See’ about improving children’s self-image, which she and Ray are hoping to publish in the near future.