Smart Works Reading is a local charity that provides women with the clothing, coaching and confidence they need to succeed in interviews and get the job.
Since opening in 2015, Smart Works Reading has helped 1780 women across Berkshire ahead of their interviews. At the core of our charity sits an Interview Dressing and Preparation Service designed to help our clients feel the best version of themselves before their interviews. Every woman who comes to Smart Works receives a complete outfit, free of charge and hers to keep, as well as a one-to-one interview coaching session. We are proud that 69% of clients get the job within a month of their appointment.
The time our clients spend with us can be transformative. We give women the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools they require to succeed in securing a job and start a new chapter in their life.
We are a small but passionate team led by over 50 skilled volunteers who help deliver the service.
How to refer a client
If you’d like to refer a client for a Smart Works Reading appointment, our team would be delighted to help. Call us on 0118 959 4245 or email and we can get your client booked in or answer any questions you might have.
Alternatively email Reading@smartworks.org.uk and someone will respond.
“The coaching, I believe, made THE difference in my success in presenting to the interview panel.
You went above and beyond to ensure I was in the best position to shine, and the dressing…wow!
I do not treat myself, and this was a real luxury. Only now have I realised how much a difference one outfit can make.”
Donate to Smart Works Reading
All donations made before the 31st of December will help us support more local women through the Women Into Work Fund
Now, more than ever, we need your support to expand our reach and support more unemployed women in Berkshire to job success. The Women Into Work Fund is a crucial initiative aimed at raising £40,000 before the end of this year. We are committed to doubling the number of women we support, helping 750 women in their journey to employment in 2024. Together we will support more local women to get the job and change the trajectory of their lives. Find out more here.
Other ways you can help
There are plenty of other ways to support Smart Works Reading, you can donate your clothes or perhaps donate some time to volunteer.
Donate Your Clothes
We will always accept high-quality, nearly new clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Find out how you can donate.
Donate your time
By volunteering at Smart Works not only will you be helping a woman at a crucial moment in her life but you’ll be joining a community who empower each other and care.
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