Smart Works

Our mission is to help women on low incomes in the UK secure employment, by giving them a complete outfit of professional clothes to wear to their job interview followed by one-to-one interview training to boost their confidence.
May 5, 2015

Client Success Stories

Welcoming clients
Welcoming clients
We are extremely lucky to have really incredible supporters that understand and strengthen our mission to help more women gain financial independence through employment.
We rely on volunteers to provide styling and interview preparation sessions for our clients. We rely on amazing donors to keep our dressing room rails stocked up with beautiful interview outfit options. We rely on our retail and corporate partners to engage in campaigns with us, spread the word about Smart Works and support us through events and corporate programmes.
We have been able to create visual presentations with some amazing images a professional photographer took of some of our willing clients. This shows the journey our clients take when visiting Smart Works and also the huge impact in makes to their confidence and journey.
We are able to use these presentations at events and referral partner meetings, the images tell a thousand words, they really show the importance of the service Smart Works provides better than words could express.
When a woman has been successful at interview following her visit to Smart Works, she is welcomed back for a 'Second Dressing' to get some more items to add to her work wardrobe. At this point, if she is happy to tell her story- we capture these details as a 'Client Success Story'.
Every single donation given to Smart Works enables us to help more and more women, we are hugely appreciative of every bit of support we are given.
Checking details and fit
Checking details and fit
Checking cuffs
Checking cuffs
Interview training
Interview training
Apr 14, 2015

International Women's Day and Beyond

Bobbi Brown PrettyPowerful Pot Rouge
Bobbi Brown PrettyPowerful Pot Rouge

As a women's organisation, we are constantly striving to empower and support women.

This year, the 2015 International Women's Day was a fantastic chance to celebrate our acheivements and join in with the international community to talk about how much has changed for women in recent decades and how much more there is to do.

This year, we were lucky enough to be invited by the Mayor of London to the ‘Women Who Inspire’ event. Five wonderful women’s charities celebrated International Women’s Day at City Hall by sharing stories, difficulties and life lessons. Many of our volunteers joined us to listen to talks from some of the inspiring women who have overcome difficult circumstances to flourish and really appreciate life to the full. It was fantastic to get a chance to hear more about the crucial good work each charity does.

We’ve all been feeling #PrettyPowerful thanks to the absolutely amazing support from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. This year, Bobbi Brown have released a Pot Rouge II cheek and lip tint of which 100% of proceeds (less VAT) will be donated to Smart Works. The whole Bobbi Brown team have been behind us, from selling salads in our honour to collecting clothing and spreading the word about Smart Works on social media.

We are extremely lucky to have such amazing support, Bobbi Brown also sent some incredible make-up artists to visit both of our offices and spend a day making over our clients as a special treat. We cannot thank the Bobbi Brown team enough for the astounding effort to help Smart Works as we look to build our presence around the UK.

Throughout the period leading up to and following International Women’s Day we were offered lots of support from organisations who ran suit drives for Smart Works and asked us to come along and speak at events.  We also took delivery of beautiful clothing donated to us by our retail supporters, including Hobbs and The Outnet.  All this means we have a beautifully stocked dressing room and some incredibly inspired clients coming to see us.

We are very appreciative of the fantastic support we have received and we hope everyone enjoyed the celebrations as much as we did.

Jan 27, 2015

Client Case Studies

Welcoming Sweden
Welcoming Sweden

 

We are extremely lucky to have such fantastic supporters who make it possible for us to provide women with interview appropriate outfits and interview coaching.
Recently we have had a wonderful professional photographer coming in to take images of some of our (willing) clients that wanted to share their experiences of visiting Smart Works.
We were able to create presentations with these amazing images to show the journey our clients take when visiting Smart Works and the difference it makes to not just their confidence, but their path in life.
We are able to use these presentations at events and as the images tell a thousand words, we find they really show what we do better than words could express.
Every single donation given to Smart Works enables us to help more and more women, we are hugely appreciative of every bit of support we are given.
Stylist discussion about interview outfit
Stylist discussion about interview outfit
Interview outfit options
Interview outfit options
Interview outfit
Interview outfit
Interview coaching session
Interview coaching session
Sweden
Sweden