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P.E.T.R.A. Publishing stands for Parents Engaging To Raise Aspirations. It is a small social enterprise that writes children’s storybooks with local community groups. Through funders, partners, storytellers, illustrators, graphic designers and most importantly parents, P.E.T.R.A. Publishing is able to give parents the opportunity to be involved in writing their own book. This builds confidence, helps the individuals personal growth and empowers parents to become role models to their families and the greater community.


The writing of these books also helps by giving the participants transferable skills, for example: reading, creative writing and storytelling. Supporting literacy in our earliest years builds the foundations for our children and young people to achieve throughout their lives. The project believes that by raising the aspirations of the parent it will in turn raise the aspirations of the child.

The aim of P.E.T.R.A. is to support carers to engage, raise their own aspirations and that of their families by writing and publishing a children’s storybook.


This project works closely with creative writers and various illustrators to support local community groups to write their own children’s storybook, many of which are based on issues that have affected the group ie. bullying, anger management, dementia etc.


The project aims to:


  • Create a library of books written for families by families.

  • Ensure basic standards of literacy of participants are reached.

  • Raise levels of reading by parents to their pre-school and early years children.

  • Create a culture of wanting to read and encouraging reading amongst communities.

  • Break down barriers to reading and remove fear of books. 

  • Bring parents into schools, libraries and groups to encourage other parents.

  • Raise parents self esteem and aspirations to enable them to have a voice in their community supporting the development of services that meet the needs of their family.

Environmental Statement


The paper used is sourced only from sustainable forests managed by European environmental legislation compliant organisations. The paper is Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) and Products are Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and meet requirements of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) Chain of Custody

How you can get involved: 


  • Partners contact P.E.T.R.A. Publishing to discuss possible groups/forums as potential participants for writing a book.

  • P.E.T.R.A. Publishing then engage the group in a taster session with creative writer and consult on what the participants want and if they would like the opportunity to write a book.

  • The project coordinator then plans the sessions, venues etc.

  • Sessions are arranged with the creative writer where the group are encouraged to be imaginative and innovative to enable the writer to support the group through the process.

  • Session with creative writer, illustrator and graphic designer. Where the participants are encouraged to share their vision of the book with the illustrator and the and the graphic designer and take photos of all those involved for the book.

  • The project coordinator will work with publishers, illustrators and a graphic designer to bring the book to fruition and arrange a book launch as recognition of all the hard work the participants and partners have achieved.

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We are grateful to the following for their support:

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© 2018 Petra Publishing, Bargoed YMCA, Aeron Place, Gilfach, Bargoed, CF81 8JA. T: 01443 875444. E:

Registered Number: 09725774


We are grateful to the following for their support:


© 2018 Petra Publishing, Bargoed YMCA, Aeron Place, Gilfach, Bargoed, CF81 8JA. T: 01443 875444. E:

Registered Number: 09725774

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