Fostering Connections

In-person Networking Event

Location | The La Mon Hotel, 41 Gransha Rd, Comber, Belfast, Newtownards BT23 5RF

Date | Tuesday 12th September 2023

Time | Doors 12pm | Event 12.30pm -2pm (BST)

Members FREE / Non-Members £15 


Fostering Connections

Event Detail


Join us on the 12th September for our next in-person Networking event on the theme of Fostering Connections, at the LA Mon Hotel, Belfast at 12.30 pm. Enjoy tea, coffee and scones on arrival from 12 pm and some networking, meet our associate partners and hear about the great work that is happening in the area. This will then be followed by a presentation from Dave Linton, founder of Madlug (Make a Difference Luggage) and an interactive workshop from Jade Irwin from The Fostering Network.

Who Should Attend?

The event is open to both members and non-members of the Action Trauma Network.

Benefits of Attending

  • Engage in an opportunity to connect and collaborate with other individuals and organisiations 
  • Learn more about the impact, benefit and challenges of fostering in Northern Ireland 
  • Discover ……through the use of ….at the interactive workshop 
  • Hear how one mans commitment to change-making has impacted the lives of thousands of children in care, in Northern Ireland

Founded by Dave Linton

Most children and young people in care have their belongings moved in black plastic bin bags or plastic shopping bags. Madlug is an award-winning bag brand that stands for ‘make a difference luggage’.  With every bag purchased, a pack-away travel bag goes to a child in care. 

Dave is an innovator, social entrepreneur, motivational speaker and the founder and managing director of multi-award-winning Madlug C.I.C which achieved B-Corp certification in 2022.   

Prior to beginning his journey with Madlug, Dave was a youth worker for over 20 years and for the past eight years he has also become heavily involved in mentoring and raising awareness of social enterprises and social businesses. 

Following a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign with Madlug over the summer of 2017, Dave was given opportunity to have brunch with Sir Richard Branson in what was a great opportunity to share the story of Madlug with a global business leader. In 2019 Dave went on to win the prestige titles of GBEA Entrepreneur of the year for Northern Ireland and Entrepreneur for Good for the UK. 

Dave is extremely passionate about using Madlug to influence a new young generation of social entrepreneurs.



Free To Members