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Donate your work clothes to help women enter the workforce

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Sonya Lennon calls on workplaces to mark International Women’s Day by supporting the Dress for Success charity.

 

Dress for Success, the charity that supports women to enter the workforce, is calling on companies to organise a clothing and perfume collection, fundraise or host an event on International Women’s Day (IWD) on Thursday, 8th March.

Founded in 2010 by fashion stylist, designer and tech entrepreneur Sonya Lennon, Dress for Success Dublin provides women with the clothing, skills and confidence needed to succeed in the workplace. Commenting today, Sonya said: “International Women’s Day is about celebrating the social, economic and cultural achievements of women, so it’s a natural fit for Dress for Success.  This is a perfect opportunity for workplaces to celebrate and promote the achievements of the fabulous women on their teams.

 

Since Dress for Success Dublin was founded in 2010, it has supported over 1,500 women to develop skills in applying for and finding jobs and developing their careers

 

“We’ve lots of ideas on our website about how workplaces can get involved this year – from perfume collections to panel discussions to fundraising events like coffee and cake mornings. We receive no State funding, so we’re entirely dependent on fundraising, corporate support and grants to provide our services.  That’s why our annual IWD campaign is so important.”

eir is the headline sponsor of the campaign and will mark International Women’s Day with a lunchtime discussion about the important issues facing women in the workplace, hosted by Sonya Lennon.

 

What can your company do to get involved?

Other companies that have lent their support over the years include BNY Mellon, who have partnered with DFS  since 2012, offering a range of support including corporate grants, volunteering, fundraising, and clothing collections. BNY Mellon employees in their Dublin office have championed the charity’s efforts to help women gain professional confidence and find meaningful employment.

 

Each month four BNY Mellon volunteers visit the Dress for Success office to provide employment and interview skills support to DFS clients.

 

Each month four BNY Mellon volunteers visit the Dress for Success office to provide employment and interview skills support to the DFS clients. The volunteers commit to the programme over an extended period of time, and work closely with the clients to help them progress their interview and job preparedness.

As well as longer term volunteering, to celebrate International Women’s Day the team have previously held a Bridge to Success Workshop, enabling their teams to provide CV and interview coaching to DFS clients on a one to one basis.  These individual sessions allowed the clients to gain valuable insight and experience from hiring managers about what they want to see from candidates.

Dublin employees also organised a dress down day, with staff donating generously to wear their favourite team jersey or casual clothes in the office. Alongside this a ’suit drive’ collected around 200 items of interview and work appropriate clothing and accessories, to enable DFS clients to dress appropriately for their interviews.

Since Dress for Success Dublin was founded in 2010, it has supported over 1,500 women to develop skills in applying for and finding jobs and developing their careers on an ongoing basis. Fifty-seven per cent of women supported by the organisation have gained employment, while 75 per cent state they are where they want to be, whether working or in further education and training.

For more information on how you or your company can get involved visit www.dressforsuccessdublin.org

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