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In aid of supporting local charities and communities, and thanks to a recommendation by Technical Services Manager Andrew Saint, people across Peldon Rose dug deep into their wardrobes and collected pre-loved workwear and unopened cosmetics in support of Dress for Success and Suited & Booted. The two charities work with vulnerable, unemployed or underprivileged adults from low-income households to provide them with workwear for job interviews, give them interview coaching and prepare them for the workplace.
Both charities recognise that wearing a great outfit can be an empowering and transformative experience, giving the wearer the self-esteem and confidence necessary to succeed at job interviews and into employment. Stepping into a new suit or outfit not only changes the way others see you, but also how you see yourself.
Dress for Success ensures every woman they dress is ready to face her interview and get the job! Women that are referred ahead of a job interview are provided with free interview clothing as well as interview prep and training to help them feel confident enough to impress prospective employers.
Stylists provide clients with an office as part of the personal styling session, considering the nature of work that her interview is for, all outfits are provided free of charge and are theirs to keep. If they are successful in securing a job, Dress for Success will provide them with a capsule wardrobe.
A one-to-one interview preparation session is then provided by one of Dress for Success’ interview coaches, including mock interviews, coaching, guidance and advice.
Suited & Booted aims to help men create a positive first impression when seeking employment. Their clients are referred by public agencies and charities such as JobCentre, NHS, Crisis and London Probation once they’ve received an invitation to a job interview or a work placement offer.
The charity provides a welcoming, friendly environment where clients come in for a fitting session. They'll also receive advice, interview training and support. At fittings, volunteers help them find a good quality suit that fits well and looks good, and work together to find the right accessories.
Clients get to keep the suit and accessories, and they can also get assistance when they get their new job by being provided with extra ties and shirts to start building their working wardrobe.
Donate your clothes! Have a wardrobe clear out and donate the clothes, suits, accessories that you no longer wear or no longer fit, plus any cosmetics that have not been opened can also be donated.
Donate your time! You can also get involved by providing the charities' clients with interview coaching and advice.
Find out more here about Dress for Success and Suited & Booted.
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