The Good Cause Of The Month: Smart Works

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As you know, every month I introduce a charity organisation on my blog in order to raise awareness for them. Since I have this fantastic platform, my blog, I try to use it to support good causes too. This month I’d like to introduce Smart Works

The Good Cause of the Month: Smart Works

 

What they do

Smart Works is a UK charity that provides interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need. They provide a two hour core dressing and interview preparation service for those who can’t afford to loose out on another job just because they don’t have the right outfit and confidence to go to the job interview. During the visit, each woman receives a high-quality interview outfit which they can keep. They can pick this with the help of the Smart Works’ stylists. After this, they will receive an interview training, which is perfectly tailored to their needs and is held by a recruitment, HR or coaching professional – all amazing volunteers! The magic really happens when someone who contacts the charity for help really start to believe that they have the ability and the courage to succeed on their next job interview. It can be a really empowering experience.

Smart Works
Smart Works

After a successful interview

But that’s not all: the charity ensures that once they get the job, Smart Works offer clients a Second Dressing for more clothing to see them through to their first pay cheque. When they re-enter the workplace, they can join the Smart Works Network, meeting every month to further their professional and personal development, helping and motivating each other to continue to succeed. This takes a lot of worry off their shoulders, as they can appear at work with some extra confidence. They can join the  Smart Works Network too which holds a monthly meeting, where they can share experience, help and motivate each other.

About the clothes

A large chunk, approx. 40% of these clothes is brand new. Some well-known, British brands like Hobbs and Whistles are regularly donate their surplus products to Smart Work (I didn’t know that these brand share the values of ethical responsibility and they give back. It’s great!) The rest of the clothing is donated by individuals, other companies and organisations. The second had items are all well looked after, carefully sorted and steamed.

Where are the Smart Works centres located

Currently, there are 7 Smart Work locations: 

Their work in numbers:

Smart Work’s latest designer sale raised over £70,000 which will help them to keep supporting unemployed women.

Smart Works Reading just recently celebrated their 400th woman into employment.

In the 2016-17 the charity helped nearly 3000 women.

 

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11 comments

MELANIE EDJOURIAN August 10, 2018 - 1:39 pm

What a lovely idea and useful too. It helps to give a good impression on the first interview by having the right / appropriate clothing.

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Kacie Morgan August 11, 2018 - 11:59 am

This is such a good idea. When I was younger and applying for jobs, there were often times I struggled to pay for suitable interview clothing.

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eva.katona@yahoo.com August 14, 2018 - 2:58 pm

I felt the same at some points of my life too!

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Rebecca | AAUBlog August 11, 2018 - 6:13 pm

I really like the sound of this charity – what an amazing idea! Getting back to work is so important and can be a real confidence booster, but not if there is no interview

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eva.katona@yahoo.com August 14, 2018 - 2:57 pm

I believe it can make a huge difference to your confidence when showing up to a job interview.

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Yeah Lifestyle August 11, 2018 - 8:40 pm

Such a brilliant idea for a charity. Getting back into work can be so difficult sometimes so something that helps to boost this can only be good.

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eva.katona@yahoo.com August 14, 2018 - 2:56 pm

it’s a quite a sensitive issue too, so glad that a charity tries to tackle it.

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WhatLauraLoves August 13, 2018 - 10:31 pm

What a great idea for a charity! I’m all for helping people to get back into work too! xxx

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eva.katona@yahoo.com August 14, 2018 - 2:55 pm

It’s such an important but overlooked issue.

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Fatima August 13, 2018 - 10:33 pm

I might travel to London this week and maybe I could check them out. Glad to have come across your post in time.

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eva.katona@yahoo.com August 14, 2018 - 2:55 pm

Yes definitely visit them, they are a lovely bunch!

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