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Smart Works

We provide clothing and coaching for unemployed women with interviews. Over 1 in 2 get the job.

Welcome Rebecca!
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We are happy to introduce our new West London Programme Manager, Rebecca.
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As the face of our thriving centre in Ladbroke Grove, Rebecca will be leading our service delivery in West London, establishing partnerships with local charities, managing an impressive community of skilled volunteers and ultimately ensuring that every client leaves Smart Works feeling confident and interview-ready.
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We are so excited to have her on board.

Welcome Rebecca! ⠀ We are happy to introduce our new West London Programme Manager, Rebecca. ⠀ As the face of our thriving centre in Ladbroke Grove, Rebecca will be leading our service delivery in West London, establishing partnerships with local charities, managing an impressive community of skilled volunteers and ultimately ensuring that every client leaves Smart Works feeling confident and interview-ready. ⠀ We are so excited to have her on board. - 4 hours ago

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Cross your fingers for Manpreet 🤞
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We loved seeing Manpreet rocking this New Look suit partnered perfectly with a Uniqlo shirt and Fiorelli bag.
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She was so positive after her session at our West London centre last week.
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When we asked her about her visit, Manpreet said;
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"I have thoroughly enjoyed myself, everyone is fantastic, helpful and knows the individuals needs of each client. I felt like a STAR. You guys are fabulous as you are. Thank you ladies."

Cross your fingers for Manpreet 🤞 ⠀ We loved seeing Manpreet rocking this New Look suit partnered perfectly with a Uniqlo shirt and Fiorelli bag. ⠀ She was so positive after her session at our West London centre last week. ⠀ When we asked her about her visit, Manpreet said; ⠀ "I have thoroughly enjoyed myself, everyone is fantastic, helpful and knows the individuals needs of each client. I felt like a STAR. You guys are fabulous as you are. Thank you ladies." - 1 day ago

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Congratulations Stephanie!
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We have that Friday feeling in the office after a visit from Stephanie, who came to see us two weeks ago and has already secured her first ever job, as a Support Worker.
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It was a great day as Sarah, our interview coach, was able to provide her with tips on starting work, having coached her for the interview as well.
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After her appointment, Stephanie said;
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"Sarah was amazing in preparing me for the interview. Without her advice about managing my nerves, I would not have been able to walk through the door and make it to the interview. Keep up the amazing work."
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We wish Stephanie the best of luck in her new job.
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#SmartWorks #Charity #Friday #Success

Congratulations Stephanie! ⠀ We have that Friday feeling in the office after a visit from Stephanie, who came to see us two weeks ago and has already secured her first ever job, as a Support Worker. ⠀ It was a great day as Sarah, our interview coach, was able to provide her with tips on starting work, having coached her for the interview as well. ⠀ After her appointment, Stephanie said; ⠀ "Sarah was amazing in preparing me for the interview. Without her advice about managing my nerves, I would not have been able to walk through the door and make it to the interview. Keep up the amazing work." ⠀ We wish Stephanie the best of luck in her new job. ⠀ #SmartWorks #Charity #Friday #Success - 4 days ago

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Smart Works is powered by a dedicated community of over 300 volunteers, they help find the clothes and provide the coaching to empower the women who come to see us.
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It’s not just the dressers and interview coaches, our wardrobe team sort and steam all our donations and our admin volunteers make sure the office is calm, welcoming and runs smoothly.
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All of this adds up to make the Smart Works experience really special. Thank you to our volunteers, we couldn’t do this without you.
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#SmartWorks #Charity #Community #Volunteers

Smart Works is powered by a dedicated community of over 300 volunteers, they help find the clothes and provide the coaching to empower the women who come to see us. ⠀ It’s not just the dressers and interview coaches, our wardrobe team sort and steam all our donations and our admin volunteers make sure the office is calm, welcoming and runs smoothly. ⠀ All of this adds up to make the Smart Works experience really special. Thank you to our volunteers, we couldn’t do this without you. ⠀ #SmartWorks #Charity #Community #Volunteers - 5 days ago

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It is always a good day at Smart Works when we see clients from a cohort group, but today's visit from The STC Group was particularly special.
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Members of our team have been out and about over the past few months, spreading the Smart Works magic, so it was a pleasure to welcome seven wonderful clients from Romford into our North London centre.
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The STC Group is a training and employment company that offers its clients comprehensive vocational training courses. Today's ladies came to see us in preparation for their Business Administration Apprenticeship interviews. Each of them left armed with a great outfit and the skills to succeed.
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Thank you so much to our team of dedicated volunteers today, Claire, Kate and Zoe, who empowered these inspiring young women to start a new chapter of their lives.
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#SmartWorks #Charity #Outreach

It is always a good day at Smart Works when we see clients from a cohort group, but today's visit from The STC Group was particularly special. ⠀ Members of our team have been out and about over the past few months, spreading the Smart Works magic, so it was a pleasure to welcome seven wonderful clients from Romford into our North London centre. ⠀ The STC Group is a training and employment company that offers its clients comprehensive vocational training courses. Today's ladies came to see us in preparation for their Business Administration Apprenticeship interviews. Each of them left armed with a great outfit and the skills to succeed. ⠀ Thank you so much to our team of dedicated volunteers today, Claire, Kate and Zoe, who empowered these inspiring young women to start a new chapter of their lives. ⠀ #SmartWorks #Charity #Outreach - 6 days ago

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Hearing from our clients is always a good reminder the difference a few hours can make. Tetai told us what the Smart Works meant to her.
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“I cannot thank you enough for today, your kindness was overwhelming. The dedication to ensuring that myself and other people in my position can feel confident again was brilliant.
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It was more than the clothes, much more. I felt welcome and encouraged. You’re obviously in the right positions. I cannot stress the gravity of what you did for me today. I walked in feeling like I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me up but I walked out feeling encouraged and raring to go and back to old myself. The passion you had was obvious and it made me want to be my better self and not hide from the world.
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This was more than just clothes, it was therapy.”

Hearing from our clients is always a good reminder the difference a few hours can make. Tetai told us what the Smart Works meant to her. ⠀ “I cannot thank you enough for today, your kindness was overwhelming. The dedication to ensuring that myself and other people in my position can feel confident again was brilliant. ⠀ It was more than the clothes, much more. I felt welcome and encouraged. You’re obviously in the right positions. I cannot stress the gravity of what you did for me today. I walked in feeling like I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me up but I walked out feeling encouraged and raring to go and back to old myself. The passion you had was obvious and it made me want to be my better self and not hide from the world. ⠀ This was more than just clothes, it was therapy.” - 7 days ago

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Tell us what kind of spinner you are.
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Whether you’re a Sunday Spinner or a Sweaty Spinner it doesn’t matter, you can get involved and #SpinforSmartWorks.
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All you have to do is get together in a team of five, come up with a great team name and between you cycle 500 miles in the first week of March.
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Just register your team at www.smartworks.org.uk/spin-smart-works/
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Don’t forget to tag @smartworkshq and tell us what kind of spinner you are. #spinforsmartworks

Tell us what kind of spinner you are. ⠀ Whether you’re a Sunday Spinner or a Sweaty Spinner it doesn’t matter, you can get involved and #SpinforSmartWorks . ⠀ All you have to do is get together in a team of five, come up with a great team name and between you cycle 500 miles in the first week of March. ⠀ Just register your team at www.smartworks.org.uk/spin-smart-works/ ⠀ Don’t forget to tag @smartworkshq and tell us what kind of spinner you are. #spinforsmartworks - 8 days ago

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Fingers crossed for Justyna 🤞🏻
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Justyna came to see our team in North London ahead of her interview on Monday. She said, “the experience was transformational, from the dressing to the coaching I felt listened to and respected. Everyone was lovely and I feel confident ahead of my interview.”
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We know Justyna will be brilliant and we’re looking forward to seeing her for her second dressing once she gets the job.
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#SmartWorks #fashionfriday #fridayfeeling

Fingers crossed for Justyna 🤞🏻 ⠀ Justyna came to see our team in North London ahead of her interview on Monday. She said, “the experience was transformational, from the dressing to the coaching I felt listened to and respected. Everyone was lovely and I feel confident ahead of my interview.” ⠀ We know Justyna will be brilliant and we’re looking forward to seeing her for her second dressing once she gets the job. ⠀ #SmartWorks #fashionfriday #fridayfeeling - 11 days ago

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This weekend, the Smart Works community came together to banish the January blues and enjoy some serious fun at the first Smart Works Fashion Sale of 2020.
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One of our guests was Bianca, who came to Smart Works as a client in 2016 and successfully landed the job. She came back to the latest sale as a shopper, helping us to raise money so we can support even more women in the future.
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A huge thank you to all the shoppers and volunteers who came along to support us. Together we raised over £60,000. We could not have done this without you.
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News about our next sale is coming soon and you can be the first to know by joining our mailing list. Follow the link to sign up.
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www.smartworks.org.uk

This weekend, the Smart Works community came together to banish the January blues and enjoy some serious fun at the first Smart Works Fashion Sale of 2020. ⠀ One of our guests was Bianca, who came to Smart Works as a client in 2016 and successfully landed the job. She came back to the latest sale as a shopper, helping us to raise money so we can support even more women in the future. ⠀ A huge thank you to all the shoppers and volunteers who came along to support us. Together we raised over £60,000. We could not have done this without you. ⠀ News about our next sale is coming soon and you can be the first to know by joining our mailing list. Follow the link to sign up. ⠀ www.smartworks.org.uk - 12 days ago

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Juelma is ready to land the job in her @hobbslondon coat and @johnlewisandpartners Smart Set tote.
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When we asked Juelma how she felt about her experience at Smart Works she said, “the team are so friendly, I’m going to feel so much more confident going to interviews.”
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Our ambition at Smart Works is to help empower women and give them the support they need so they leave feeling confident and ready to succeed.
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We can’t wait to welcome Juelma back for her second dressing once she gets the job. #smartworks #wcw #charity

Juelma is ready to land the job in her @hobbslondon coat and @johnlewisandpartners Smart Set tote. ⠀ When we asked Juelma how she felt about her experience at Smart Works she said, “the team are so friendly, I’m going to feel so much more confident going to interviews.” ⠀ Our ambition at Smart Works is to help empower women and give them the support they need so they leave feeling confident and ready to succeed. ⠀ We can’t wait to welcome Juelma back for her second dressing once she gets the job. #smartworks #wcw #charity - 13 days ago

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Our community is growing.
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From Summer 2020, the graduates of the @luminarybakery Employability Training Programme will have the opportunity to be referred to Smart Works for coaching and dressing ahead of their job interview.
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We’re proud to be working with such an inspirational team, building a supportive community that helps women thrive, discover their value and change the course of their lives.

Our community is growing. ⠀ From Summer 2020, the graduates of the @luminarybakery Employability Training Programme will have the opportunity to be referred to Smart Works for coaching and dressing ahead of their job interview. ⠀ We’re proud to be working with such an inspirational team, building a supportive community that helps women thrive, discover their value and change the course of their lives. - 14 days ago

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Have you signed up to Spin for Smart Works yet? 
Don’t forget the first 100 teams get free t-shirts in their starter pack. That’s on top of some great treats including these exclusive post cards, stickers and top tips to make the most of your time on the bike from our partners @britishcycling. 
Sign up now and #SpinforSmartWorks #pedalforapurpose

Have you signed up to Spin for Smart Works yet? Don’t forget the first 100 teams get free t-shirts in their starter pack. That’s on top of some great treats including these exclusive post cards, stickers and top tips to make the most of your time on the bike from our partners @britishcycling. Sign up now and #SpinforSmartWorks #pedalforapurpose - 15 days ago

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Akosuah is looking ready to succeed.
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Akosuah first came to see us two weeks ago, and earlier this week she came back for her second dressing after being offered the job.
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When we asked her how she felt in her new outfit she said, “When you look this good people need to see.”
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We’re so happy that Akosuah is feeling confident in her new clothes.
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We’re wishing you all the luck in your new job Akosuah, we know you’ll be brilliant. #smartworkscharity

Akosuah is looking ready to succeed. ⠀ Akosuah first came to see us two weeks ago, and earlier this week she came back for her second dressing after being offered the job. ⠀ When we asked her how she felt in her new outfit she said, “When you look this good people need to see.” ⠀ We’re so happy that Akosuah is feeling confident in her new clothes. ⠀ We’re wishing you all the luck in your new job Akosuah, we know you’ll be brilliant. #smartworkscharity - 18 days ago

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Our next Smart Works Fashion Sale is this Saturday, 1st February! Expect designer, vintage and sample items from the most sought-after brands in fashion. This is guilt-free, sustainable shopping at its best with all the proceeds going directly to supporting Smart Works. 
Book your tickets in advance to secure a place. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-smart-works-fashion-sale-tickets-83174606487

Our next Smart Works Fashion Sale is this Saturday, 1st February! Expect designer, vintage and sample items from the most sought-after brands in fashion. This is guilt-free, sustainable shopping at its best with all the proceeds going directly to supporting Smart Works. Book your tickets in advance to secure a place. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-smart-works-fashion-sale-tickets-83174606487 - 19 days ago

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Have you signed up to Spin for Smart Works yet? Get together a team of five, sign up at www.smartworks.org.uk and cycle 500 miles in the first week of March. All the money you raise will help more women return to employment and transform their lives. #pedalforapurpose

Have you signed up to Spin for Smart Works yet? Get together a team of five, sign up at www.smartworks.org.uk and cycle 500 miles in the first week of March. All the money you raise will help more women return to employment and transform their lives. #pedalforapurpose - 20 days ago

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Today we had some of the @bobbibrownuk makeup pros in to volunteer, they were here sharing makeup tips and giving our clients a well deserved pamper. 
@amaliemakeup_art, Bobbi Brown Pro Artist told us why she loves volunteering at Smart Works; “It’s always empowering, there’s no way to describe the energy that flows through here. Everybody deserves to feel amazing and this is a great way to help others. The women always leave with a genuine smile and I love to see that. We’re all working together here and that is really special.”

Today we had some of the @bobbibrownuk makeup pros in to volunteer, they were here sharing makeup tips and giving our clients a well deserved pamper. @amaliemakeup_art , Bobbi Brown Pro Artist told us why she loves volunteering at Smart Works; “It’s always empowering, there’s no way to describe the energy that flows through here. Everybody deserves to feel amazing and this is a great way to help others. The women always leave with a genuine smile and I love to see that. We’re all working together here and that is really special.” - 21 days ago

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How fabulous does Jade look? 💓
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Jade had an amazing time being dressed by Claire and Jo this week, before her upcoming interview to be a Training Coordinator.
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It was an absolute pleasure to meet her and play a part in helping Jade to feel calm and prepared before the all important day.
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"Thank you for providing practical tips on the interview process. It has been so encouraging and positive."
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Jade could not stop smiling and we are sure that she will carry this confidence and personality into her interview 💞
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Swipe to see more of her interview outfit, complete with the Smart Set tote and Heist tights ➡️
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#SmartWorks #Charity #FashionFriday

How fabulous does Jade look? 💓 ⠀ Jade had an amazing time being dressed by Claire and Jo this week, before her upcoming interview to be a Training Coordinator. ⠀ It was an absolute pleasure to meet her and play a part in helping Jade to feel calm and prepared before the all important day. ⠀ "Thank you for providing practical tips on the interview process. It has been so encouraging and positive." ⠀ Jade could not stop smiling and we are sure that she will carry this confidence and personality into her interview 💞 ⠀ Swipe to see more of her interview outfit, complete with the Smart Set tote and Heist tights ➡️ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #SmartWorks #Charity #FashionFriday - 25 days ago

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Thank you so much to @carolineleaper and @sophie_warburton from @telegraphstella who spent today dressing in our North London centre, lending a helping hand to the women who came through our doors.
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After a dressing with our Wednesday team, Mya said, “Amazing staff, I appreciate the help. Welcoming, professional and very helpful. Perfect service."
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Since 2018, we have been proud to have the support of Stella as our official media partner. Together with @somersethouse, Stella host the festive fashion event of the year, the Big Smart Works X Stella Fashion Sale, which in 2019 raised a record breaking £90,000 for Smart Works.
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Thanks to vital fundraising and through spreading the word about Smart Works in feature articles in print and online, the team at Stella play a vital role in helping Smart Works to flourish and thrive.
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#SmartWorks #StellaMagazine #TelegraphStella

Thank you so much to @carolineleaper and @sophie_warburton from @telegraphstella who spent today dressing in our North London centre, lending a helping hand to the women who came through our doors. ⠀ After a dressing with our Wednesday team, Mya said, “Amazing staff, I appreciate the help. Welcoming, professional and very helpful. Perfect service." ⠀ Since 2018, we have been proud to have the support of Stella as our official media partner. Together with @somersethouse , Stella host the festive fashion event of the year, the Big Smart Works X Stella Fashion Sale, which in 2019 raised a record breaking £90,000 for Smart Works. ⠀ Thanks to vital fundraising and through spreading the word about Smart Works in feature articles in print and online, the team at Stella play a vital role in helping Smart Works to flourish and thrive. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #SmartWorks #StellaMagazine #TelegraphStella - 27 days ago

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