Smart Works Edinburgh has been supporting women into employment since July 2014. Our clients come from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and age groups. To be eligible for the Smart Works service all we require is that the woman attending has a job interview.
We are proud that over 60% of the women we support are successful in their interview.
“I feel so motivated and inspired by the advice and support given to me today my confidence has been boosted, I feel that I can actually succeed at the interview.”
We currently see over 30 women each month. We want every client to leave Smart Works after a two hour session believing that she can and will succeed. We give our clients a complete outfit of clothes and accessories (theirs to keep) as well as advice on presentation. We also provide one-to-one interview training delivered by experienced volunteers. The two hours our clients spend at Smart Works has an incredibly positive impact on their confidence and self esteem.
The Smart Works service is delivered by our team of 45 skilled and trained volunteers.
Our stock is donated by working women or by our retail partners such as Hobbs, Whistles, Next, Evans and Bobbi Brown.
Introducing the team behind Smart Works Edinburgh
We are grateful to our trustees and staff for their hard work on behalf of Smart Works Edinburgh.
Frippy Fyfe is the Chair of Smart Works Edinburgh and has been involved since its beginning. Previously she worked in fundraising for Marie Curie and has run a number of successful businesses.
Christine Harley is a Trustee of Smart Works Edinburgh. She is a HR professional, who has worked in house with major corporates including Scottish and Newcastle plc and The Gap.
Bronagh Power is a Trustee at Smart Works Edinburgh. She is a Senior Lecturer in Management with the Faculty of Business and Law at the Open University. She is delighted to be involved as a Trustee with the charity Smart Works whose primary focus is to support women into work. This combines her passion for supporting women in work, realising personal potential, building confidence and for fashion.
Anna Henderson is a Trustee of Smart Works Edinburgh. She is a Digital Consultant who has extensive experience in Financial Services with Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco Bank and Standard Life, as well as a stint with the Scottish Government.
Katherine Lodge is the Treasurer of SmartWorks. She is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with a big 5 firm in London. She worked in London in a variety of roles for ten years before moving to Scotland and having two daughters. Since then she has worked part-time as a self-employed management accountant for a small but growing SME.
“SmartWorks resonates very strongly with me, it is wonderful to hear stories of women being inspired and helped back into the workplace.”
Kasia Regula is the Manager of Smart Works Edinburgh, looking after our core service and working closely with clients, volunteers and local referrers and supporters.