Dress for Success

Type: Charity

Founded: 2000

Employees: 4

Dress for Success is an international charity known for its innovative work helping unemployed women prepare for job interviews, providing them with business clothes to boost their confidence and giving them the interview skills and advice they need to feel work-ready.

More than 50% of Dress for Success clients secure a job within a month of their visit to the charity! A team of more than 70 dedicated volunteers offer fashion and styling advice followed by one-to-one interview training and confidence building support.

The charity’s volunteers are trained stylists and senior HR or recruitment consultants. Each client leaves Dress for Success with a complete interview outfit including shoes and handbag. The charity’s extensive selection of high quality workwear is donated by other professional women and by retail supporters including LK Bennett, Simply Be, Ted Baker and Jaeger.

The majority of Dress for Success clients have been out of work for over a year, almost half are single parents and they include ex-offenders, victims of abuse and homeless women.

Dress for Success, currently based with its HQ in Manchester, is expanding across the UK to cope with the growing demand for its service.

In the UK in the past year Dress for Success has:

  • Helped more than 1000 women
  • Built a team of more than 70 regular volunteers to support the programme, providing niche skills for the individual needs of the clients
  • Developed an innovative programme of workshops with corporate partners as well as a popular job retention programme called the Professional Women’s Group
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