As Foster Carers, who accept emergency placements, Stuart & Nicola, together with their partners, have first hand experience of this situation. Both have taken placement of children who often turn up with little or no possessions and anything they do have is in bin liners.
This situation is difficult for any child arriving in an unfamiliar environment, meeting total strangers, who they will be living with for an undetermined amount of time (in our experience this has ranged from a single night to over 18 months). This can have an enormous impact on a child’s pride, self esteem, dignity and confidence and the aim of My Bag is to offer a little comfort during this harrowing time.
Similar projects are already successfully in operation in the USA, having a positive impact on thousands of children
and closer to home we are grateful for the inspiration and support given by www.buddybagsfoundation.co.uk