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
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.
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.