Street Swags

October 29, 2014 in Innovation, Latest News

Thursday, 23 October 2014



Trust Grant” for $1000 in April 2014

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre received a Maleny Credit Union Charitable Trust grant of $1000 on 17 April 2014 and spent the funding on Emergency Relief Funding and purchased $540 worth of Street Swags for homeless people from Woodford Correctional Centre and $460 worth of fuel vouchers. Fuel vouchers are distributed sparingly and are important for those who must get to appointments.

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre was happy to be able to purchase the Street Swags and told that many of organisations supplied cannot afford to pay at all. The Design of the Street Swag won an INDEX: Peoples Choice Award, one of the largest design Awards in the world. Since Maleny Neighbourhood Centre received the swags in August, four have been distributed. A carry bag by day and a basic bed and shelter by night, the Street Swag was designed to be discrete so as not to identify people as homeless. This is particularly important for the women and children living on the streets, who need to be ‘invisible’.

The Street Swags, distributed across Australia, are manufactured at Woodford Correctional Centre and at Grafton Correctional Centre in NSW. This gives the prisoners work readiness skills along with tertiary qualifications, whilst being involved in meaningful work. The swags are then transported to Nudgee College in Brisbane where, as part of the schools social justice program, the students insert the foam mattress, roll the swag and package them ready for dispatch.

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is grateful to Maleny Credit Union for the grant which made a significant contribution to the Emergency Relief Fund and allowed Maleny Neighbourhood Centre to support an excellent social enterprise.