“Not only did you make me look better and more professional than I ever thought I could look, you gave me confidence and the ladies that also helped me prepare for my interview were super nice and helpful. I believe all of you played a major part in me getting the job, so thank you!”

We welcome donations of high-quality clothes in all sizes, we are in particular need of handbags and accessories. 

Clothing donations need to be high-quality, interview-appropriate, and in nearly new condition in order to help our clients feel confident and empowered before their job interview.

Thanks to every donation each woman who walks through our doors knows that another woman cares about her and has invested in her future.

If you have a donation but you’re not sure if it’s appropriate ask yourself – would I wear this to an interview? If the answer is yes we’d love to accept it. If the answer is no please consider taking it to a charity shop where it can still be put to good use.

We accept high-quality, nearly new clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. We are currently in particular need of the following pieces:

Clothing in sizes 16+ Flat shoes Handbags Coats

We try and take a sustainable approach to donations that means making sure we minimise our waste. We currently don’t have space to process large quantities of new donations. We hope to open up again soon. Please check the Smart Works Reading social media to get an update.

Organising a clothing drive for Smart Works in Reading

Many organisations run a clothing drive on behalf of Smart Works, which is an easy and fun way to secure a large number of clothing donations, and ensure that great quality clothing is put to the best possible use. If this sounds like something you’d like to do download our clothing drive pack here.

Or you can get in touch with the team by emailing Reading@smartworks.org.uk and they will be able to help answer any questions you might have.