Call us: 

(03) 5926 0313

Post goods to: 

86 Camms Road,
Cranbourne

Victoria 3977

Visit us: 

Mon-Thurs 9:30am-4:00pm
86 Camms Road,
Cranbourne

Victoria 3977

Backpacks 4 VIC Kids has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. Gifts over $2.00 to B4VK are tax deductible. Please head over to our Donations page to make a contribution to B4VK. 

Email us:

General enquiries and supply requests
admin@backpacks4vickids.org.au

An Australian charity providing backpacks and nappy bags to Victorian children entering foster care and emergency accommodation.

SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN ENTERING OUT OF HOME CARE AND EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION

What we do

Did you know that 45,000 Australian children are placed into foster care or emergency accommodation every year?
 

Often children are placed quickly into foster care or emergency accommodation without much more than what they are wearing at the time. We provide them with a few essential items to ease feelings of loss and to help with their relocation.

With your support

The estimated cost of a pack is $50 (but saves an agency or carer approximately $300).

 

We have delivered more than 6,000 packs to children in need since April 2015, saving agencies and carers, time and money. Thank you for your support!

Recent event: Shine a Light on Kids in Crisis

 

On Thursday 19 September, at Hobson's Bay Yacht Club, Williamstown, we enjoyed a lovely night celebrating the generous contribution of our friends in the Inner West.

Like-minded supporters of local children in crisis, helped to launch The Shane Project, shinging a light on suicide prevention and supplying B4VK with hundreds of torches each month. 

Silent Auction items were heavily contested whilst The Greenery Store and Larder supplied a bountiful grazing table.


Fundraising events are an important source of unrestricted funds, which allow B4VK to continue doing their very necessary work. All gifts are Tax Deductible (please ask for a receipt). Your attendance and your donations on the night will be very much appreciated.

Many thanks to all who donated to make this event wonderful including Hobson's Bay Yacht Club, Cyndi Briggs Photography, The Melbourne Portrait Studio, The Greenery Store and Larder, Pinchapoo, and many others.

We're looking forward to hosting this event again in 2020.

Who we help

Our packs must be requested in writing using our Supply Request Form.  Requests can be submitted by the following organisations:

  • Foster care agencies

  • Department of Health and Human Services

  • Victoria Police

  • Crisis support staff and crisis accommodation facilities

  • Children's and Family Services staff

  • Refuge Facilities

How to help

We operate solely on donations sought through fundraising, grants and sponsorship. We keep our overheads as low as possible (just rent on our Headquarters and two part-time employees) so most of your donations will go directly to purchasing necessary backpack items and shipping them to agencies. 

 

Your support is always very much appreciated. Please do not hesitate to ask us how you can help in other ways too.

Watch our videos to find out more, or see B4VK in action via this news clip from Channel 7. 

Our free programs


ME Packs and ME Jnr Packs

ME stands for My Essentials. Our ME Packs help by providing quality backpacks and nappy bags to children aged 0-17 years, entering Out-of-home care and emergency accommodation in Victoria.

 

Backpacks and nappy bags contain size and gender appropriate contents including essential items such as toiletries, clothing, sleepwear, a torch, blanket and a toy or activity which will belong to the child, and will stay with them should they be relocated. [Read More]

 

Foster Feet Fitting Right In

We would like to acknowledge an amazing donation from Bata Shoe Co of Australia.  

 

Brand new school shoes for kids in care....lots of them!  We're looking forward to making some foster feet very happy. 
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Christmas 4 Kids in Care

Please Note: Applications are now open for 2019. 

 

We were delighted to support carers and workers who look after kids in need, by providing free gifts for Christmas to children who are in out of home care.  We had gifts for girls and boys aged birth to 17. 
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