Australian made swags, waterproof canvas swags.
"The street swags are about keeping people alive, long enough, for the community to take responsibility for their own" - Jean Madden
A bag with room for extra belongings, the Street Swag is made of super lightweight waterproofed canvas with a high-density foam mattress. It offers its users a degree of comfort, warmth and protection from the weather. Designed for those living on the streets, its discrete appearance and camouflage colours, offer some safety for those who need to be invisible. Since 2004, Street Swags have given away thousands of Street Swags to the homeless in Australia.
Street Swags has empowered and brought together all levels of community. Corporate, and private entities, donate funds to sponsor the street swags. Prisoners sew, gaining work readiness skills and qualifications. Aboriginal communities gain government employment, home industry skills and their finished product for their families. School children roll and package street swags with blankets, pillows, hygiene packs and knitted winter essentials. Numerous aid organisations, hospitals, community groups and volunteers distribute them across Australia. This is how Street Swags were able to respond so quickly to natural disasters including the Victorian bush fire disaster and the Queensland floods.