This month the Universal Networks team has donated 15 Buddy Bags to children fleeing domestic violence at home. Children who have fled violent situations often need to leave their homes quickly and don’t have time to bring anything with them. The children arrive in emergency accommodation with just the clothes their wearing and no possessions. Buddy Bags can be vitally important to a child, at an extremely difficult time in their lives, helping to restore a sense of love and confort.
It is a backpack containing essential items such as toiletries and underwear, but also items that give the child comfort, such as a teddy bear. The bag is something they can call their own and take with them wherever they go. The bags are tailored to the age group and gender of the child.