Actor Michael Sheen joins forces with disabled students to launch unique book

7 April 2017

Actor Michael Sheen meeting Can Do volunteersActor Michael Sheen has joined forces with young disabled people in Swansea to help launch a book created by disabled students, for disabled students.

The prominent actor and political activist has collaborated with disabled students in launching the book King Arthur & Other Tales.

The book was produced by young Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn students from Swansea who are part of leading charity Leonard Cheshire Disability’s inclusive volunteering scheme, Can Do.

Sheen, having a strong relationship with the school after working with them previously, came on board to narrate the book in audio format.

The students, who attend Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn in Morriston, created a mosaic tile of artwork for every page of the book, which covers King Arthur and Welsh legends.

Those involved in the creation of the book celebrated at the evening launch on 6 April at the National Waterfront Museum. The event included speeches from the Can Do volunteers and the headmaster of Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn.

Michael Sheen holding a Can Do brochureMichael Sheen spoke at the event about how much he enjoyed working with the students on this project. 

Haley McBride, a 22-year-old Can Do volunteer who helped launch the book at the school, said:

'The book and this event have just been amazing. Since I joined Can Do it’s changed my life.'

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Notes for editors

  1. Can Do from Leonard Cheshire Disability offers opportunities for 10- to 35‑year-old disabled people to volunteer in their communities.
  2. Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. Visit: www.leonardcheshire.org or follow us on Twitter: @LeonardCheshire.
  3. Ysgol-Pen-y-Bryn is for pupils aged 12 to 19 who have a wide range of additional learning needs.
  4. Can Do Wales is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Wales.