Need something new to read? This page is for book reviews and suggestions as well as short stories written by the Platfform4YP team and submitted by you!


World Humanitarian Day (19th August)

World Humanitarian Day is an international day dedicated to recognise the humanitarian workforce and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.

Our Stories – Football and Me (Jo Price)

We got the chance to ask Jo Price some questions about her experience with football.

How can sports help young people?

Sports and exercise can help people in many ways. It can just be walking for half an hour a week or going to the gym every morning. Remember to go at your speed, do what you enjoy and don’t allow other people to get you down when doing sports or exercising.

Book Review – Lost

Lost is about human trafficking where it’s Tom Moon’s mission to combat international crime. This trafficking takes place from Amsterdam to Miami where Moon worked with the Amsterdam task force. 

Book Review – Buried

Buried is about a couple, Jack Warr and Maggie, who have moved to London to begin a new life together. In London, Jack starts on this investigation as a DC that changes his life that leads him into the criminal world but in a way that no one expected. However, how far will he go to find himself?   

6 Ways You Can Challenge the Public Perception of Disabilities

This week it's learning disability week (21st June 2021). Disabled people are not always treated in the same way as people without disabilities. It has improved over the centuries but it needs to change.

Speaking About Men’s Mental Health

This month it's men's mental health month and 10 men have a conversation about mental health and their journey.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Today (17th May) is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Today (22nd April), is Steven Lawrence Day. Find out more about Steven Lawrence Day through his Foundation that was made in remembrance of Steven Lawrence.

Making Entertainment and Public Spaces More Autism Friendly

Today (2nd April 2021), is World's Autism Day and we wanted to share a blog about how to make entertainment and public spaces more autism friendly.

Find Your Words Competition Winners

Over the past couple of months, Platfform 4YP Swansea Bay has organised a poetry competition. Here are the winners!

Not Being Afraid of Periods

Periods aren't a subject that are talked about enough, so here is some information about your cycle.

St David’s Day

St David's Day is being celebrated by welsh people across the world.

Our Story – Being in Care

Being in care is something that is an extremely hard experience to go through. Here is one of our young people's experiences of being in care and what he thinks should change within the system.

Book Review – The Hidden Beach

A babysitter called Bell works for a wealthy family in Stockholm. The parents, Hana and Max have three children; Linus, age 7, and Ellinor and Tilde, age 5. One phone call, just before a school run, changes everything....

My Gap Year Experience So Far! What Will Happen Next?

As we are gone into a new year, I have reviewed what I want to get out of my gap year and what I have done so far!

Young, Welsh With Things To Say

Are you young, Welsh and have things to say? Have a look at this great opportunity.

Book Review – Girls In Tin Hats

Want to read something new? Girls In Tin Hats is a book about the wardens of the war. It follows two young woman and their different experiences whilst working together.

5 Things That Inspire Me

Having things that inspire you is important as it helps you achieve you goals. Here are some of the things that inspire one of our young people.


Here are a list of helplines if you need help

Making the Most of What You Have

Making the Most of What You Have is important as it allows you to think about yourself more and gets your thinking hats on.

The Forget-Me-Not-Sonata

The Forget-Me-Not-Sonata is a book following the lives of a family, more specifically Audrey Garnet who lived in Hurlingham, Argentina. When Audrey was 18, two brothers, Louis and Cecil, came from England to Argentina to work for her father. Both brothers instantly took a liking to Audrey. However, it is Louis that wins Audrey over and this is where the secret love affair started.

Short Story – Futuristic

Futuristic is a fictional short story written by one of our young people about what the future will look like for us!


If you want to have something to read or write Wattpad is the place to go. You can be as imaginative and adventurous as you like about what you write or you can indulge in other people's stories.

Book Review – An Italian Affair

Written by Caroline Montague. An Italian Affair is about a widow who has just lost her husband. On instinct she takes up an offer from her grandmother...

Book Review – The Liar

By Nora Roberts. Shelby, a young woman, got swept away from Tennessee to Philadelphia by a man, who she thought she knew. After years away from her family ...

Book Review: Fallen Angel

Like a tense read? Then Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre is for you! Read this book review and see what you think!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch is an award-winning novel by Donna Tartt that is an escape from reality and gives you an insight into what it is like to grow up in modern-day America

Short story: 11:11 Make a wish

A story about the legend of Hero and how dreams can come true.

Book / Film Review: Everything Everything

By Nicola Yoon. Maddie is a teenage girl who is allergic to the world, and must stay in her house...

Book: Cheer Up, Love by Susan Calman

Comedian Susan Calman takes us through a very personal story of her own struggles with depression, self-doubt, and identity. Along the way she shares insights, ideas and the knowledge that whatever we face, we’re not alone. This is a fantastic read - warm and witty, but also brutally honest and very open.

Book Reviews: Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Valuable lessons about self-worth, respect and love.

Book Review: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

By Charlie Mackesy. This book is a wonderfully new approach to writing inspiring and thought provoking feelings.

Book Review: The Return

By Victoria Hislop. The Return is about the Spanish Civil war and the effect that it had on the country and its citizens.

Book Review: Mud Sweat and Tears

By Bear Grylls. Find out about his adventures, his SAS selection, and his parachuting accident...

Book: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies

While obviously not a replacement for proper therapy, this books does a good job of taking you through the basics of how you can start questioning your more negative thoughts, avoid spiralling worries, and get a clearer perspective on life.