What is a Buddy Bag?
A Buddy Bag is a backpack that contains all the essential items a child needs. They include toiletries, pyjamas, socks and underwear. They also include comfort items such as a book, a photo frame and a teddy bear. A Buddy Bag is something a child can call their own, no matter where they go.
The Buddy Bag will also include a postcard addressed to the Foundation so children can write to let us know how their Buddy Bag has helped them and to say thank you.
The Buddy Bags are tailored to suit babies and children according to age groups and gender and cater specifically for children aged 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and 13-16 years old.
How does the scheme work?
Buddy Bags will be funded through fundraising, sponsorship and donations. Groups of items can be either donated or sponsored.
Individual volunteers or large companies looking for community projects for their staff to support will meet at venues throughout the UK every fortnight to fill the buddy bags.
The Buddy Bags will be stored and distributed to children's service centres in the UK that deal with children who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Each participating centre will keep a stock of Buddy Bags that can be handed to children when they are placed in emergency care. Staff who work at the emergency foster care centres will be able to order up to 30 Buddy Bags at any one time direct from our Buddy Bag Foundation website. When stock levels run low, a simple form can be completed and a stock of Buddy Bags will be replenished. There is no cost to the centre or any individual who participates in the scheme.
How much does a Buddy Bag cost?
- Each donation of £25.00 ensures that one child will receive a complete Buddy Bag full of essential items as outlined above.
- A donation of £5.00 helps us to provide toiletries to a child in need.
- A donation of £15.00 helps us to provide toiletries, underwear and pyjamas to a child in need.
- A donation of £20.00 helps us to provide toiletries, underwear, pyjamas and a cuddly teddy bear to a child in need.
Every donation will Make a Difference to a child.