IS SMART WORKS READING CURRENTLY OPEN FOR NORMAL SERVICE?
Smart Works Reading is still supporting clients through the pandemic. During lockdowns, or if you are unable to visit our centre, you can meet with our volunteers online and we will send a clothing package direct to your home.
For face-to-face meetings, we will ask you to visit us while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
We are monitoring Government advice closely and will post updates on our website and on social media if we have to close our office again during a lockdown.
ARE YOU STILL ABLE TO ACCEPT CLOTHING DONATIONS?
We are not accepting clothing donations at the moment. Please keep checking our website and social media or email Reading@smartworks.org.uk for an update.
HOW DO I FIND SMART WORKS READING?
Click here to view our handy guide on how to find us.
HOW MUCH DOES THE SERVICE COST?
All Smart Works Reading services are completely free of charge. All outfits are also free and are yours to keep.
IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE ONSITE?
Unfortunately not, however there is a public car park at Saxon Court – entrance on Church Street, Reading, RG1 2SB. The tariff is £1 per hour.
CAN I BRING MY CHILD OR FRIEND WITH ME TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Ideally, we want you to come to Smart Works Reading alone – this is your time and we want to focus solely on you. However, we do recognise that childcare arrangements can be tricky so we are happy for you to bring children if social distancing allows, but please let us know before your visit.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET THE JOB?
If you are successful in getting the job once you have seen us, you can book your Second Dressing appointment, where we will give you a small capsule wardrobe to help you with workwear for those first few weeks in your new role. These clothes are all high-quality, and are yours to keep.
We also offer a short session with our interview coach to go through what you might expect in your new job.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT GET THE JOB?
If you are unsuccessful in getting the job once you have seen us, you can book your follow up interview coaching session, where the interview coach will spend an hour with you talking through the interview process and giving additional interview tips.
DO YOU HAVE A SERVICE FOR MEN?
We only see those who identify as women. There is a male equivalent to Smart Works in Bracknell called Suit2Go. Further information about the services they provide can be found here.