You’d be hard pressed to find a company with greater community-minded principles than the Brisbane-based Street Swags. Conceived as an idea to help the homeless, made by prisoners in work-readiness programs and Indigenous communities, and supported by a school social justice program and various charities, Street Swags is a company with a mission on a mission. That mission began with a young woman moved to action after watching a documentary on the physical and mental impacts of homelessness. Jean Madden, a Brisbane high school teacher long involved with various charities and voluntary organisations, came up with the idea of creating a portable and practical bed for the homeless. The beds, known as Street Swags, were designed specifically for homeless people and addressed the needs unique to those sleeping rough. Made from super lightweight water-proofed canvas with a high-density foam mattress, the Street Swags biggest success is that it doesn’t look like a bed or swag. Ms Madden says this is a necessity as it means those carrying the Street Swag aren’t identified as a homeless person carrying a portable bed. Unfortunately many homeless people find themselves targets of theft and physical and emotional attacks, the ability to ‘blend in’ is ...