Brenda’s health advice

Brenda didn’t feel well

when she woke up last night,

she was feeling hot and dizzy

and she didn’t feel quite right.


Each time she tried to stand up

to get out of her bed,

she felt sick and wobbly

so she lay back down instead.


Then Brenda started shouting

and banging on the wall,

to call out to Amy

in the room next door.


When Amy heard her shouting

she rushed in to her room

and spoke to Brenda in her bed

to find out what was wrong.


Brenda said “I’m very ill,

I’m hot and I feel sick,

Amy, go and fetch the phone,

now go and do this, quick!”


Amy went to fetch the phone

then said “It’s dark outside,

who can i phone to help you,

in the middle of the night?”


Brenda said, “remember,

if you need health advice,

you can phone 111

it’s open day and night.”


So Amy dialled the number,

a man answered right away,

Brenda said “I’ll talk to him

and took the phone from Amy


The man said his name was Joe

and he was here to help,

then he said “now first of all

I need your date of birth.”


Joe asked Brenda for her name

and said please can you spell this?

When he asked her for her postcode

Brenda couldn’t remember it.


So Amy wrote the postcode down

and showed this to Brenda,

then Joe asked for her address

and for her phone number.


When he asked why she was calling,

Brenda said “I don’t feel right,

I’ve been feeling hot and dizzy

Since I woke up in the night.”


Joe asked her some more questions

but Brenda didn’t understand,

she told him not to use long words

and asked him to slow down.


He said, “Brenda, I am sorry

and he asked her once again,

then he listened carefully

as she started to explain.


Each time Joe asked a question,

he made sure she understood,

Amy stayed beside her because

Brenda asked her if she would.


Joe gave Brenda some advice

and Amy listened too,

when Brenda put the phone down

they both knew what to do.


Now Brenda feels much better,

she was ill for a few days,

her doctor gave her medication

and now she’s well again.


So if you are feeling ill

and you don’t know what to do,

if you need some health advice

who would you speak to?


When would you see your doctor?

Or phone 999?

Or go to the chemists?

Or visit A and E?


And when would you ring 111

just like Amy did,

for advice about your health

so you know what to do next?



©Karen Murray



When Gary met the Dentist


Gary is in a lot of pain,

because his teeth are hurting,

he was awake most of last night

and stayed in bed this morning.

So Gary didn’t go out

until later in the day

and when he meets up with his friends

they see he is in pain. 

Jack tells him he is worried,

Brenda asked him what was wrong.

Gary said his teeth are hurting

and they ask him “for how long?”

 Gary tells his friends that

it started yesterday,

they listen and then tell him

to see the dentist right away.

 Gary doesn’t want to go

he hasn’t been for years,

going to the dentist

is something that he fears.

 But Jack and Amy tell him

this is something he must do

and they say if you are worried

we’ll come along with you.

 So Gary makes the phone call

and when he says his name,

the receptionist is very kind,

she listens as he explains.

 He says his teeth are hurting,

this started late last night

and when he says that he feels scared

she said she understands.

 She tells Gary, “please don’t worry,

the nurse will stay with you,

she’ll explain all that will happen

and what the dentist will do.”

 Gary was told to come along

to the dentists right away,

his friends say they’ll come with him

and that they will stay.

 So they walk there quickly

and when they reach the door,

the nurse comes out to see them

and takes Gary on a tour.

 She shows him all around the rooms

and he sits on the chair

he tries the special glasses on

while he is sitting there.

 Then the nurse sits down with Gary

tells him what will happen next,

his friends wave goodbye to him

as he goes in with the dentist.

 Gary sits down on the chair

and the dentist speaks to him,

he looks in to Gary’s mouth

to find out what is wrong.

 It is later on that evening,

when his supporter worker comes round,

Gary tells him where he’s been

and he feels really proud!

 He said he’d had two fillings

but must go back once again,

Gary isn’t nervous now,

as he knows just what will happen.

 So when did you last visit

the dentist, or like Gary

has it been too many years

because you are so worried?

 But if you explain just how you feel

they will help you through,

the nurses and the dentist

will make it right for you!



©Karen Murray

Good Friends


Amy first met Brenda when they were at school,

they sat near each other in class and lunchtimes too.

Brenda was often bossy but Amy didn’t care

because Brenda helped her, she was always there.

Amy was the quiet one, she didn’t like the noise

of car alarms and sirens, people whistling, children’s toys,

mobiles ringing, people shouting, fire alarms and bells,

party poppers, ice cream vans, washing machines as well.

So Brenda made sure Amy was safe when she felt scared

and she knew just what to do, she was ready and prepared.

Brenda knew the noises Amy didn’t like at all

and knew Amy felt better, when she put her hand against a wall.

Now they are much older, lots of things have changed,

they share a house together and are still good friends.

Although Brenda often argues and she can be quite loud,

Amy is just happy that Brenda is still around.

Amy always listens to the things that Brenda says,

she knows when Brenda’s angry and she knows when she is sad.

She knows when Brenda is unhappy or if she needs a hug

And Brenda knows when Amy needs a wall to touch.

Good friends are so important, they’re friends because they care,

They choose to be with you, to listen, help and share.

So, have you got a good friend, someone you like a lot?

What could you do to let them know that you like them very much?

The Secret


 Brenda has a secret

she’s keeping to herself

when he asked her for a photo,

she promised not to tell.

Brenda got a phone for Christmas,

her parents showed her how

to send messages and texts

and photographs as well.

They warned her of the dangers

but as she sat there in her chair

Brenda didn’t listen

when they warned her to take care.

So Brenda took her phone and left

she said she didn’t need their help

to get an account on Facebook,

she would do this by herself.

At first this wasn’t easy,

Brenda struggled with the words

but finally she did it and

she felt really proud!

Brenda soon got messages

and later on that day

someone sent a friend request

she accepted straight away.

She didn’t know this person

but he said his name was Carl,

when Brenda saw his photo

she thought he looked really cool.

When Carl asked to be her friend

Brenda really did believe

that he was being friendly

and that’s why she agreed.

Then Carl told her that he liked her

but he wanted more

so she sent another photo

one better than before.

Carl was quick to answer

and he messaged Wow!

you are really awesome,

I like you much more now.

 He sent Brenda messages

every day that week,

each time he said he liked her

Brenda asked when they could meet.

Carl said, I live too far away

and I really want to see you

but there is something Brenda,

one thing you can do.

If you really like me,

take off all your clothes,

then send me your photo

but no one else must know.

This will be our secret,

we’ll keep it to ourselves,

we won’t tell our friends and family

so now take off your clothes.

Brenda didn’t want to do it,

she thought she had no choice

but she really liked him

he was not like other boys.

So Brenda took her top off

and undid her bra,

she quickly took a photo

then sent this off to Carl.

Now what do you think happened next?

Is Carl really her friend?

Do you think he likes her?

Or is this just pretend?

And what about that photo

Brenda sent to him,

Do you think he kept this secret?

Or did he show his friends?


The Meeting

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Jack went to a meeting

Just the other day

He went there with Gary and

They planned what they would say.

 They agreed it was important

To speak to the people there

But when it was their turn to speak

Gary stayed in his chair.

 He felt scared and nervous

As he looked around the room,

Everyone looked at them

When he didn’t move.

 So Jack spoke to Gary,

He said “I’m nervous too,

But remember what we practised

And what we said we’d do.

 We’ll go up there together

And when we’re on the stage,

Put your hand against my shoulder

Each time you feel afraid.”

 Gary couldn’t look at Jack,

He wished he was at home

Until Jack whispered to him

“I’ll go up on my own.”

 Jack started to move slowly,

He didn’t want to rush

But suddenly he stopped, when

His wheelchair got stuck.

 Gary saw what happened

Across the crowded room

So he went to help Jack

He knew what he should do.

 Jack looked up at Gary

As he helped him with his chair.

They went on the stage together

By the ramp beside the stairs.

 Gary stood there with him

And when Jack began to speak

His hand was on Jack’s shoulder

Like they practised all last week.

 When Jack had finished speaking

Gary looked down at the floor,

He knew it was his turn to say

What he had come here for.

So Gary spoke up clearly

And he said the words out loud,

When everybody clapped and cheered

He felt really proud.

 Now when he is asked to speak,

Gary thinks about that day

He knows that he is able

To stand up and have his say.









The Letter

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Brenda picks the letter up

as she walks past the door,

she very quickly reads it

then throws it on the floor.


Amy is in her bedroom

so she is not aware,

she doesn’t know about the letter

Brenda threw behind the chair.


It is later on that day

when Brenda is in town,

she walks into the café

and just as she sits down,


She sees Gary in the corner

sitting with a mug of tea,

Brenda doesn’t speak to him,

she sits there quietly.


Gary doesn’t see her

until he gets up from his chair

so when he looks around the room

he’s surprised to see her there.


He walks across to Brenda

asks if Amy got the letter,

Gary put it through the door today

now he’s waiting for an answer.


Brenda doesn’t want to speak to him,

she turns her head away,

Gary asks her once again,

then Brenda turns to him to say


Amy doesn’t like you much,

so don’t write again to Amy,

she doesn’t want to talk to you

your letter made her angry!


Gary stands there shaking

when he hears these  words,

he feels confused and panics

and he runs out of the door.


He finds a place to sit down

in the park on the way home,

Gary sits and worries

he wants to be alone.


He’s upset as he remembers

the words that Brenda said,

he wonders why Amy was angry

with the letter that he sent.


Gary thinks about the letter

he has the words saved in his head,

all last night he thought of her

when he was in his bed.


The letter said, dear Amy

I like you very much,

will you please come out with me?

I will buy you lunch.


If you will be my valentine,

I will be so happy

and at the very end he wrote,

with lots of love from Gary.


When Brenda got back home that day,

Amy was waiting there

she had found the letter

that Brenda threw behind the chair.


Amy says, I’m going out

tomorrow to have lunch

I have just phoned Gary,

he likes me very much!


Brenda doesn’t want to talk

she runs up to her room

to write a long letter to Gary

and one to Amy too.


So why do you think Brenda

said those things to Gary

and what was in the letter

She wrote to him and Amy?






Stranger at the door



At first Amy was afraid

She was terrified

When the man knocked on her door

And asked her to come outside.

Amy couldn’t answer him

She couldn’t say a word

So the man spoke even louder

He thought Amy hadn’t heard.

The man stepped back and

Then, he pointed to the roof

Told Amy it needed mending

And here was the proof.

He said now if you look up

At your roof you’ll see,

There are some roof tiles missing

I can mend these easily.

But you will be in trouble

If you don’t mend these now,

The next time that it rains

Your roof could fall right through!

Amy was really worried

She didn’t know what she should do

Her house mate Brenda was away

There was no one to speak to.

The man said, I can do this,

It won’t cost you much,

I will need one hundred pounds

And I’ll mend it before lunch.

Amy thought about the money

Brenda kept inside the jar

She had saved this money up

But Brenda wasn’t there.

So Amy went inside her house

Looked in the kitchen cupboard

She found the jar there on the shelf

And counted out the money.

The man smiled when he saw Amy

Who handed him the money

Said he would mend the roof now

There was no need to worry.

Amy went back inside her house

She looked out and saw the man

Go across the road and then

Drive off in his van.

She was sure he would be back

To do the work he promised

But he was never seen again

This made Amy very worried.

Amy was in a panic

When Brenda came back home

She didn’t want to tell her

That her money was all gone.

It was later on that night

When Brenda went in to the cupboard

Amy heard her screaming

And knew what she’d discovered.

Brenda turned to Amy

And asked her about the money

When Amy told her about the man

Brenda said this is not funny.

They phoned the police together

Amy told them what had happened

Amy described the man she saw

And that he drove off in his van.

Brenda was really angry

That Amy had lost her money

Even though they are good friends

She was upset with Amy.

So never give your money

To someone if you’re not sure

When you don’t know the person

Just make sure you close your door.