Most children in care have their belongings moved in black plastic bin bags and they lose their dignity.
Most children in care have their belongings moved in black plastic bin bags or plastic shopping bags and they lose their dignity.
STORY | From a Social worker

We want to share a good news story with you. We received this message from a social worker. He goes on to talk about the truth, that because of the bags you provided, one less young person carried their bags in a black bin bag. Here a transcript of the message:

“I used one of your pack away bags with a chap on Friday, moving from his home to a foster placement. It was the first time I'd used one myself although others have been using them now for a while. His mother had initially put items into several plastic bags when I gently suggested using the bag provided by Madlug that I had brought with me. It really was more dignified as things were being brought to the car, and less obvious as to what might be happening to anyone observing, I might add. It was an amazing experience actually. There had been a risk of breakdown for a while and his mother had been challenging to engage with to say the least, openly critical of social services and of men in particular.

I arrived at the door and smiled, introducing myself and somehow she had just calmed a bit from how she had been the previous few days. I said I would help in any way that I could and answer her questions as best I could. We had a constructive conversation, even as her son was leaving the house. As you can imagine, the emotion was considerable but I used the bag as a tangible sign that I was coming prepared - prepared to listen and talk as well as to facilitate the physical transferring of her son and belongings. I think this made a difference to the events and wanted to write to you to encourage you in what you and all who buy a Madlug are doing.”

Every bag is making a difference in so many ways, every bag has the potential to open conversations and can be the beginning of value, worth and dignity for a young person. Thank-you for your support. As you can see from just this one example, you truly are making a difference.

Richard Lyttle

February 01, 2017 by Madlug Blog

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