Charity opens new center in Glasgow to dress unemployed women for interviews


A ‘life-changing’ charity opened a major new center in Glasgow this month.

Smart Works Scotland is a UK-wide dressing and coaching service that provides hundreds of unemployed women across Scotland with free, high-quality workout clothes, accessories and coaching to help them get back to work.

The services are free and the clothes can be kept.

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Clothing provided includes designer brands such as Burberry and Whistles.

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The charity was founded in 2013, with eight centers across the UK, including Edinburgh, and now they have opened one in the Merchant City.

Maggie Darling, Chair of Smart Works Scotland, said: “Our mission has always been that any unemployed woman who needs our support can find their way to Smart Works.

“Driven by data and demand for our virtual service in Glasgow, we have taken an exciting step by opening a new Smart Works center in the heart of the city at a time when our highly efficient and transformative service has never been more needed. . ”

Women who come to Smart Works are referred by employment agencies, mental health charities, women’s shelters, homeless shelters, the prison service, care services and youth organizations .

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Among the many women who have already accessed support from Smart Works in Scotland is Ola MacInnes, a 40-year-old widowed mother of one from Bothwell. Ola got a job as a partnerships adviser at Remploy in Glasgow after being supported by the charity.

She said: “My first dressing and maintenance coaching session was on Zoom. I was a little worried about whether the clothes would be the right size, but they were all perfect and the ladies were amazing with their recommendations. The delivery of the clothes was fantastic, very professional and so beautiful. During my interview coaching session, we talked a lot about my situation and how to prepare for my interview which was so helpful.

“Once I got the job I was invited back for a second dressing session which was in person and again it was brilliant. I’m delighted Smart Works is coming to Glasgow as this will be much closer for our customers in North and South Lanarkshire and I would recommend their amazing service to any unemployed woman looking for work.

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If you are an unemployed woman looking for a job or would like to refer someone to Smart Works Scotland, email [email protected] or call 0300 373 0955 for more information.


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