Where your money goes

We are so grateful for our incredible customers. Those of you who have bought backpacks, laptop bags, gym bags or luggage have provided bags for young people in care to carry their life’s possessions in, showing them that they have value, worth and dignity. Any Madlug bag that you buy covers the cost of providing one of these bags to an incredible young person. One for one. Care experienced young people, foster carers or anyone else working with children can request these bags through our website. We also work with local authorities across the UK.

Demand for these bags is high. Around 90 young people per day enter the care system in the UK alone and so we have a challenge on our hand to meet the need. We are a small start-up with limited resources but we have a big vision. Our customers are integral to helping us realise that vision of ensuring NO child or young person has to carry their life in a bin bag.

The bag

We designed the bag itself in collaboration with both the social workers who distribute them and the young people themselves. The bag is unbranded to avoid stigma. It folds away to fit neatly into a sock drawer or a Social Worker’s car boot without wasting storage space. And each bag has a label that says “You are incredible” to remind every child that they have value, worth and dignity.

Some feedback received.

“I regularly help my team to move foster children and it's terrible if careers pack belongings in bin liners. Where possible we try to immediately rectify this but this is a fabulous idea that will help our children in our team so much.” - Social Worker (England)
“Hi. We have three young people who are moving on from us in the upcoming months, we would appreciate any amount of bags you can spare. Thanks for your help!” - Social Worker (Northern Ireland)
“Excellent concept. We had looked at suitcases but nowhere to store. These could be easily kept in office draw and used by our PAs when moving Young People.” Social Worker (England)
“Would be great if some bags could be provided. I regularly move young adults from care to supported or independent accommodation or Aftercare Service users from temp addresses. It’s difficult to watch these young adults carry their life’s possessions in bin liners. It’s an undignified and quite often humiliating experience. I’ll take as many bags as possible but would be more than happy with 10 as it’s 10 more than I currently have. Thanks in advance for consideration.” Social Worker (Republic of Ireland)

Let’s keep Making a Difference together!

November 15, 2017 — Madlug Blog

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