Mossman Support Services would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thanks to Street Swags for their donation of a stash of street swags, which will be well loved by those vulnerable members of our community who are doing it tough on the streets.
Street Swags provide water-proof, basic shelter to people experiencing homelessness.
A bag with room for extra belongings, the Street Swag is made of high-quality Australian canvas that is mildew resistant and breathable. The Street Swag also has a high-density flame resistant foam mattress. Designed for those living on the streets, its discreet appearance and camouflage colours offer warmth, comfort and safety to those who need to be invisible.
The Street Swags are made by Australian prisoners who gain qualifications and skills, improving their chances of employment after incarceration, and helping to break the cycle of poverty, crime and homelessness. The swags are then rolled and packed by school children who learn about giving back to the community.
Made and rolled here locally, Street Swags are distributed nationwide to homelessness services to give to the people who need them most.
Street swags are incredibly important while someone is looking for accommodation. Over 100,000 people are homeless on any given night in Australia. Over 55% of all people are turned away while looking for immediate accommodation and over 80% of families are turned away.
A Street Swag can save a homeless person's life when it's cold or wet outside, providing basic comfort, shelter and shade when they need it most.