WiRE Conference 2018 Charity – Buddy Bags Foundation

Posted: 29th January 2018

WiRE Conference 2018 Charity – Buddy Bags Foundation

Book ButtonWe’re asking WiRE Delegates to the conference to donate pens, crayons, colouring books or drawing pads – anything to help vulnerable children be creative Donated items will be added to the Buddy Bags and distributed to vulnerable children. Please bring whatever you can, Karen will be there with a big box, do come and have a chat with me.

About Buddy Bags For Children In Emergency Care

During a visit to Australia in 2014 Karen Williams was completely inspired by an article about The Alannah and Madeline Foundation which has delivered more than 50,000 Buddy Bags to children in emergency care in Australia since 2007. On returning to the UK, I quickly set about researching the facilities available to children in emergency care and discovered a huge need for Buddy Bags in the UK. I launched The Buddy Bag Foundation and Buddy Bag appeal in the UK in January 2017, with the help and support of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation. To date Buddy Bags UK has distributed 12,000 bags to children in need.

  • Buddy Bags include toiletries, pyjamas, socks and underwear. They also include comfort items such as a book, a photo frame and a teddy bear
  • Restoring a sense of safety and security into a child’s life during a traumatic time is one of the first steps to recovery. By providing these children with a few essential items, we can help make the transition into emergency care a little easier.
  • Buddy Bags are funded through fundraising, sponsorship and donations. Groups of items can be either donated or sponsored.
  • Buddy Bags are stored and distributed to women’s refuges in the UK that deal with children who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Each centre keeps a stock of Buddy Bags that can be handed to children when they are placed in emergency care. There is no cost to the centre or any individual who participates in the scheme.

Why Buddy Bags and WiRE

As women in the UK, many of us with our own children we felt that providing practical and vital support to children in extreme situations was not only appropriate but very close to our hearts. We are asking delegates to donate items to help keep these children busy and creative; pens, crayons, colouring books, pads of paper etc. Please pop along to the Buddy Bag stand and talk to Karen about her work.