Tuesday 30th June 2020
Smart Works is a UK charity that harnesses the power of clothes and confidence to allow a woman to be her best at a crucial moment in her life, giving her the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools required to succeed at interview and transform her life.
The tangible impact that Smart Works has on a woman’s confidence begins when she enters the dressing room and is styled into her interview outfit, hers to keep, by trained volunteers. She looks in the mirror and sees a new and impressive version of herself. This is followed by one-to-one interview coaching, after which 64% of clients go on to get the job.
Named Social Action Charity of the Year 2017 at the National Charity Awards, it is the team’s mission to ensure any woman who needs their help should be able to come to a Smart Works centre.
“I felt valued, cared for, even loved, helped to look fantastically dressed and to feel proud of my life experience and abilities.” – Smart Works Client
There is a team of over 350 trained volunteers across the UK across seven different centres* who deliver this award-winning service to clients – skilled, compassionate and brilliant people who dedicate their time to empower women to succeed.
The wide range of high-quality clothing is donated either from individuals or direct from retailers, and is then meticulously sorted and hung in beautiful dressing rooms. Smart Works is environmentally conscious, and proud that everything which comes through their doors is given a new home.
In September 2019 they celebrated their sixth birthday and during this time have supported over 15,000 women.
“I feel empowered. I didn’t know it was going to be like this. It’s life changing.” – Smart Works Client
Find out more about Smart Works
*Smart Works during COVID-19 currently offers a virtual service
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