meetingsclub supported Charities



Ever since meetingsclub was launched I’ve wanted the company to actively support nominated charities and to give something back.  We’re a small team but determined to make a difference and I’m really proud to say that our first meetingsclub Charity Ball raised the fantastic sum of £13,000 for Beyond Food & Fight For Sight, plus we have supported Hospitality Action at ‘le tour de cuisine 2019’ raising nearly £900.00

meetingsclub is now recognised as the leading online venue review site for meetings, training, conferences & events. Reviews are really important to our growing community of Members as part of their decision making process when booking their next meeting or event. Reviews are also a fantastic tool for venues to understand what they are doing well, which members of their team is going the extra mile for their customers and if needed what they could be doing better. #serviceisthesecret 

And so that’s given us an idea for a great new charity initiative:     

we hope you will get onboard! 

For every 3 published reviews you leave in the 3 months of October, November and December 2019, meetingsclub will donate on your behalf £3 to our nominated charity Smartworks*. Plus the meetingsclub team will also donate time to personally help Smartworks.

It is so easy to leave a review, just click on the link, find your venue and leave them a review.

Once you have left three separate venue reviews for any events you have held or attended in 2019 we will donate £3.00 to Smart Works*

There’ll be a running total on this page showing the amount you have raised for Smart Works, so don’t forget to check back. And of course if you want to make a personal donation to this great charity that would be fantastic. The DONATE button is below.

Thank for your support”

Alison Jenkins, Founder & CEO meetingsclub 

PS – don’t forget to also check out all the great charity venues featured on the meetingclub site – 

3 Great reasons to REVIEW – Smart Works

Smart Works Reading is part of a UK wide charity that provides high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to women in need. They give women the confidence, self-belief and the practical tools required to succeed at interview and start a new chapter of their life. Smart Works helps over 350 unemployed women each year and 60% of those supported go on to get a job. 

At the core of the charity’s service is a dressing and interview appointment at one of the Smart Works centres.  During a visit, each woman receives a high-quality interview outfit (theirs to keep) tailored to their taste and individually styled by the Smart Works team.  This is followed by one-to-one interview training with an experienced recruitment or HR professionals which makes a significant impact on clients, who start believing in their own ability to succeed. 

‘I felt valued, cared for, even loved, helped to look fantastically dressed and to feel proud of my life experience and abilities.’ 

High quality stock is donated from other working women or comes new from retailers.  Each dressing room is beautifully set out, full of high quality clothes and gives an immediate boost to anyone who enters.   

The success and impact of Smart Works is driven by highly skilled and trained volunteers, who dedicate valuable time to help clients succeed.  Their reward is seeing the impact of unlocking a woman’s confidence and finding out how she has gone on to succeed at interview and move on with her life. 

Smart Works service is open to any woman who has a confirmed job interview and is referred by JobcentrePlus, Work Programme providers and numerous charities.  

AUG 2019


JUN 2019

Reading Chair Awarded MBE

Smart Works Reading is honoured for their Chair, Sarah Burns, to be recognised and receive an MBE for her services to disadvantaged women in the Thames Valley at Smart Works Reading.

Sarah is passionate about supporting women in her local community and has built a welcoming, sustainable and successful charity. She is an inspiring, motivated and creative individual who always puts others ahead of herself.

Sarah has built committed and productive relationships and a wonderful culture at Smart Works Reading.

We could not be more proud of Sarah for this amazing and well-deserved achievement. ⠀


DEC 2018

Virginia Chadwyck-Healey joins Smart Works Reading as Ambassador

We are really thrilled to announce our next Ambassador, Virginia Chadwyck-Healey, Founder of VCHStyle.

Ginnie worked at British Vogue for 12 years, firstly managing the British Fashion advertising portfolio and latterly, as the Executive Retail Editor. This role gave her a breadth of knowledge across the fashion, jewellery and beauty industries. Her passion for both the commercial and the creative is what led her to start VCHStyle, a platform for her new foray into brand consultancy, which also includes presenting and private client styling.  She has worked with a range of brands, such as Louis Vuitton, John Lewis and Christian Louboutin. Ginnie is married to Oliver, and they have two daughters. They live near Pangbourne in Berkshire.

Ginnie says: “It is an honour to be invited into the Smart Works Reading family. I was struck by the vast area this branch covers and how important it is as a foundation for those women seeking a promising new start in the job market.  This is not just about fashion, this is about installing confidence, acquiring new interview techniques and building the blocks for a brighter future.  Fashion has a habit of appearing fickle and unforgiving. A charity like Smart Works Reading casts a much brighter light on the industry.”

Sarah Burns, Chair of Smart Works Reading, says: “We are so excited to welcome Ginnie to the Smart Works Reading family in her role as our Ambassador. We know that Ginnie will bring her passion for fashion and style to Smart Works Reading in a sensitive and energetic manner. We love Ginnie’s mantra of ‘Condense, Curate, Create’ and I’m sure our clients will take a lot from Ginnie’s advice. We are hugely grateful for her time, experience and styling expertise that she brings to this new role.”


OCT 2018

Emma-Jane Taylor joins Smart Works Reading as Ambassador

We are really excited to announce our new Ambassador, Emma-Jane Taylor –  aka The Inspirational Mentor, founder of SHEnetWORKS, author, mentor, wellness coach and much more.

Emma-Jane Taylor is an entrepreneur running a series of lifestyle businesses. She is an extremely passionate mentor, very focused on giving her clients the correct well-being journey. Her personal struggle and hardship being covered in her book, Don’t Hold Back, has given her the positive tools she has needed to create a power-house of strength and dedication to living. She works hard to ensure her clients, community and network receive bespoke plans and stay focused. She believes well-being starts from within and focuses her attention on getting her clients mentally as well as physically fit. She is highly inspiring and motivating to all who speak to her. She really gives back the positive lessons she has learnt to give you the life you need. In short, Emma-Jane helps you reach your full potential in life whilst keeping you grounded with valued beliefs. She is a passionate supporter of Smart Works and empowering women.

“I am so very proud to be representing Smart Works as their Brand Ambassador. Being involved in raising awareness for this amazing women’s charity that focuses on improving women’s lives and giving opportunities is something I stand for in every way shape and form through my work in the UK and across the Globe. The synergy between Smart Works and everything I do is really quite a strong movement for women” says Emma-Jane Taylor

Sarah Burns chair of Smart Works Reading said, “We are delighted to welcome Emma-Jane to the Smart Works Reading family in her role as our Ambassador. We are hugely grateful for the time, experience , network and expertise that Emma-Jane brings to the role. Her passion for our work, empowering, supporting women and the synergies with Smart Works is fantastic.”

Previous Charities

If you would like to know more about these three fantastic causes, just click on the links below.


Beyond Food


TERMS AND CONDITIONS*  – 3 Great reasons to REVIEW

  • One donation of £3 will be made by meetingsclub to Smart Works for 3 published Venue/Supplier reviews left on site completed in the months of August, September or October 2019 
  • meetingsclub Members and general reviewers should email once 3 reviews have been submitted, stating the details of the reviews, no later than 11th November 2019.  
  • Venue reviews can be made for meetings/events that have taken place from 1 January 2019 to 31st October 2019
  • Reviews as with our normal standard procedures will be checked and authorised by meetingsclub prior to publishing. meetingsclub reserves the right to withhold the publishing of a review which does not comply with the meetingsclub terms & conditions
  • Venues and suppliers cannot leave reviews for their own business