"Being taken into care with bin bags was so dehumanising, a Comfort Case would have made us feel cared about."

"Being taken into care with bin bags was so dehumanising, a Comfort Case would have made us feel cared about."

WHAT IS A COMFORT CASE?

1 child enters the care system every 15 minutes in the UK.

1 in 10 children move 3 times in their first year.

Many children who enter care have experienced neglect, abuse or other forms of trauma. Entering care ensures their needs are met when they cannot live with their own family.

Comfort Cases are backpacks filled with comfort and personal care essentials for children entering the care system, or being supported by charities or other organisations working with care experienced young people.

At Comfort Cases UK, we believe that every child deserves to pack their belongings in a special bag that they can call their very own. They deserve to feel loved, valued and keep their cherished belongings safe from loss and damage during the traumatic transition into care or when moving to a new setting.

Children and young people who have experience of foster care tell us how important it is to feel loved, valued and supported (The Fostering Network). With over 100,000 children currently living away from home, and a further 100,000 expected to enter the care system in the next 10 years, this need is more urgent than ever.

Comfort Case for a teenage boy

Comfort Cases UK wants to show every child who enters and experiences care how amazing and treasured they are. We want every child and young person to have a Comfort Case.

Comfort Case for a teenage boy

WHAT IS A COMFORT CASE?

1 child enters the care system every 15 minutes in the UK.

1 in 10 children move 3 times in their first year.

Many children who enter care have experienced neglect, abuse or other forms of trauma. Entering care ensures their needs are met when they cannot live with their own family.

Comfort Cases are backpacks filled with comfort and personal care essentials for children entering the care system, or being supported by charities or other organisations working with care experienced young people.

At Comfort Cases UK, we believe that every child deserves to pack their belongings in a special bag that they can call their very own. They deserve to feel loved, valued and keep their cherished belongings safe from loss and damage during the traumatic transition into care or when moving to a new setting.

Children and young people who have experience of foster care tell us how important it is to feel loved, valued and supported (The Fostering Network). With over 100,000 children currently living away from home, and a further 100,000 expected to enter the care system in the next 10 years, this need is more urgent than ever.

Comfort Cases UK wants to show every child who enters and experiences care how amazing and treasured they are. We want every child and young person to have a Comfort Case.

CEO STATEMENT

Following our award-winning community initiative during the pandemic “You Donate….We Deliver”, an introduction to Comfort Cases US and a shared passion to make a difference to vulnerable children, starting Comfort Cases UK was an inspiring prospect for the whole team. We hope to make Comfort Cases UK as successful as Rob and his team have done in US, bringing dignity and comfort to all the children and young people in foster care in the UK, with the support and love of the wider community.

sarah@comfortcasesuk.org

CEO STATEMENT

sarah@comfortcasesuk.org

OUR STAFF

Sarah Jacoby

CEO & Founder

“Sometimes, in life, it’s the simple things that can make the most difference and Comfort Cases does just that. This special charity captured my heart when I met the passionate and caring team behind the organisation.”

Sammi Myers

Business Support Manager

“All you can ever wish for is that a child, no matter what their background, should feel love, be loved, cared for and supported. We here at Comfort Cases ensure that every child feels that love even in the darkest of days”

OUR TRUSTEES

Mandy Sharp

Trustee

“Sometimes, in life, it’s the simple things that can make the most difference and Comfort Cases does just that. This special charity captured my heart when I met the passionate and caring team behind the organisation.”

Paul Fox

Head of Trustees

“CCUK is a niche charity which has an impact on children’s lives beyond which many of us can comprehend.”

Adam Davison

Trustee

“Too often, our children are left forgotten and forlorn through the breakdown of homes and families across the UK. It is a great honour to be able to support Comfort Cases UK, to bring respect and dignity, in some small way, to our children in order to try to protect their futures.”

Diana Hylton

Trustee

“I am a care experienced social worker. I am passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families. Having experienced going into care on Christmas Eve in 1974, I still remember one person’s act of kindness and comfort almost 49 years later.”

Richard Benson

Trustee

“I try to be a clear-thinking, problem solver who has a background in law, real estate and business and bring those experiences and skills to the trustee team and help cut through complexity to find simple solutions to the challenges we face.”

OUR IMPACT

Dec 2020 First Christmas appeal for safeguarding team in Hertfordshire.
October 2022First corporate packing day
May 2023Met police pilot started in West Borough of Command
June 20235,506 children received Comfort Cases

EXPERTS BY EXPERIENCE AMBASSADORS

Chris Wild

Chris is the best-selling Author of Damaged and the State of It, Keynote Speaker, National Campaigner and Advocate for Children in Care and Care Leavers, Care Home Consultant, Expert by Experience Board Member for the Independent Care Review and Charity Patro.

He is a passionate advocate and campaigner whose first book DAMAGED, tells the story of his life and those other young people in care he met along the way. His second book THE STATE OF IT, is a rallying call for change as he expose the continuing failure of young people in care. He is currently writing his third book which sets out his hopes for the future.

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Rachel W

Hi, I’m Rachel. I am the managing director of Animal Assisted Therapy for young people. With 27 years of experience working with children in need and children looked after in many capacities within educational and care settings being an Expert by Experience.

Expert by Experience of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. Lived Experience of the Care System.

I went into car at 14 within nothing apart from the clothes I stood in. I moved foster placement to kids homes with my clothes in bin bags over time. To have a Comfort Case would have made an incredible difference, giving me the dignity and respect I never had as a child but deserved. I wholeheartedly support Comfort Cases UK as it directly improves the life of children that have suffered greatly.

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Steve Hawksworth

Steven has a mixture of professional and personal experience in social care from having a social worker and PA until 25 years of age. Currently a team manager for a children  in care team and vice chair of a fostering panel. Also actively involved in research groups and practice improvement organisations to aid with shaping a better service for looked after children. Steven recalls himself having received his belongings in black bin bags in 2002 and is still shocked to hear that this goes on. Comfort cases is a game changer and lifeline to children within the care system.

Luke Miles

I am a registered manager of a therapeutic residential young people’s home and I have approx. 8/9 years of working in residential childcare and 5 years of working as a youth support worker before this. I strongly believe in what Comfort Cases has to offer as I have seen children being moved with bin bags and carrier bags which is unfair.

I am very passionate about the young people that we work with and getting them the best level of care and support that is available. 

I have personally experienced homelessness from a very young age with little support other than friends families occasionally able to help me and the support I was able to receive from youth workers that were incredible. This has driven my passion to helping children and young people in all aspects of their life and Comfort Cases UK helps to support this.

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Alexandra Rudman

I am an established professional fundraiser with a demonstrated working history in the charity sector. Being care-experienced, I have a personal understanding of being in care. The comfort of a Comfort Case in such a chaotic time is much needed. I am looking forward to supporting this heartfelt service showing we care for those who are in care.

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