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At Comfort Cases UK we believe that no child should ever have to carry their life in a bin bag.
Our mission is to bring a sense of hope and dignity to children moving around the UK foster care system by ending this practise and giving these children an unbranded backpack filled with items centred around their needs and showing them they are loved and respected.
A comfort case.
INSPIRING COMMUNITIES TO BRING DIGNITY AND HOPE TO YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE
On any given day, there are over 108,000* children in care looked after away from home in the UK. Most of them are removed from their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs with an estimated 30,000 moved around the system every year. Many have little except for the clothes on their backs.If they do have any personal belongings, they often don't even have their own bag in which to carry them.
We want to partner with Local Authorities, Independent Foster Agencies, National and Regional Associations and Charities to provide them with Comfort Cases which are provided to children at the point at which they enter their new home, whether it be temporary, emergency or permanent.
A Comfort Case given to each, and every child is filled with items of comforting necessity, a gift from the community to remind each and every child - we see you and you are worthy.
A comfort Case gives a child entering foster care a sense of dignity and hope. Each bag is packed with a cosy new pair of pyjamas, a stuffed animal to hug, a toothbrush, soap and other personal care items for their first few nights with a new family.
It does not replace the kindness of foster carers. It is a gift without conditions, that belongs to the child, given to them by their social worker when they enter a new home.
We also offer empty duffel bags to social workers so that they can give them to children when they are removed from their homes in an emergency. A duffel bag does not eliminate the trauma of moving home multiple times. But social workers never having to consider black bin bags, and using nothing other than a duffel bag.
Formed out of a community project called You Donate We Deliver, we were cooking and delivering nutritious meals, snacks and baked goods to the NHS and ambulance services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Post Covid-19 we felt that Comfort Cases would be the next logical step on our amazing journey.
Our amazing team are committed to helping others. We are people of convictions and are turning that into action. We believe in a compassionate community that cares for the most vulnerable among us, and we can all do something to bring comfort to children in foster care.
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