Introduction to our Charity for 2018

Every year meetingsclub will personally donate 10% of its profits to charity, each member of the team will also donate a minimum of 24 hours a year to help the chosen charities and we hope to increase our fundraising at events and donations.

This year we have chosen Smart Works as our chosen charity

– Alison Jenkins, Founder & CEO meetingsclub

Smart Works Reading

Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to women in need. They give women the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools they require to succeed at interview and start a new chapter of their life. Smart Works now helps over 350 unemployed women each year with the clothing and the confidence to succeed at their interview and move on with their lives. 60% of those who were helped by Smart Works went on to get the job.

At the core of their service is a dressing and interview appointment at one of our Smart Works centres.  During her visit, each woman receives a high-quality interview outfit (theirs to keep) tailored to their taste and style by our Smart Works stylists.  This is followed by dedicated one-to-one interview training with an experienced recruitment, HR or coaching professional.

This short intervention has a significant impact as our clients 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.’

The success and impact of Smart Works is driven by the skills of their volunteers and the quality and range of the clothing in our dressing room.

All of their service delivery is done by highly skilled, trained volunteers who dedicate their time to helping our clients succeed. Their reward is seeing the impact of unlocking a woman’s confidence, and finding out that she has gone on to succeed at interview and move on with her life.

The high quality stock is donated from other working women or comes new from retailers, allowing them to build strong partnerships with companies that share our vision of supporting women.  Their dressing room is beautifully set out, full of high quality clothes and gives an immediate boost to anyone who enters.  It is one of the reasons our service has the impact that it does.

After visiting Smart Works, 59% of those clients we were able to contact went on to get the job.

The Smart Works service is open to any woman who has a confirmed job interview and is referred to us.  They work in close partnership with a wide range of organisations who refer clients to us.  This includes JobcentrePlus, Work Programme providers and numerous charities.  It is vital to them that those women who most need our service are able to access it.

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.”

Designer Sale – 3rd Nov 2018

Join us for a browse, pick up a bargain and support Smart Works Reading. Add to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe or pick up something for a special event. Find some incredible pieces at a fraction of the retail cost. We will have a great range of new designer & high street items, as well as high-quality 2nd hand pieces for sale!
  • The entry fee is £3 – payable at the door 
  • There is free parking onsite
  • No children or pets due to health and safety concerns
  • Both cash and card payments will be accepted
  • All sales are final so please ensure you are 100% happy prior to paying.

 

All profits will go straight back to the charity (Registered Charity No. 1164723), enabling Smart Works Reading to help more women in the Thames Valley into employment.

Any queries please contact reading@smartworks.org.uk

Past Charities

During our launch year we chose to support two wonderful causes, the Beyond Food Foundation and Fight For Sight, both had meant a huge amount to myself and the team. We were so pleased with the help of our very generous clients, family and friends to have raised over £13,000 at our first Charity Ball, amazing.

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

 

Fight for Sight

 

Beyond Food