Key Supporters

  • Corporate Supporters

    Our corporate supporters provide us with either volunteer teams who donate their highly valuable recruitment experience and professional expertise to deliver some of our interview coaching services. Or support us through donation drives, funding and spreading the word. We are incredibly grateful to the following organisations and all of our other corporate partners: Verizon, Oracle, SAP, Cisco, IBM, MeetingsClub and Rockwell Collins

    For more information about corporate support please get in touch.

  • Thank you to Berkshire Community Foundation – “SEGRO Thames Valley Community Fund” for awarding us £5,000 for “Helping women into employment – Bracknell

    Thank you to Berkshire Community Foundation – “BCF 2017 Year of Mental Health campaign” for awarding us £3,500

  • Thank you to the Pythagoras for your support- http://www.pythagoras.co.uk/2017/02/pythagoras-smart-works-reading/

    “I am delighted Pythagoras has partnered with Smart Works Reading as part of our Women in Technology initiative. I know first-hand from interviewing candidates how important appearance can count towards first impressions, and how feeling good about the way you look can make a significant difference to a candidate’s confidence. By volunteering our expertise to Smart Works Reading, I hope we can help continue the great work the charity does to reduce female unemployment in our local community” Emma Stone, CFO, Pythagoras

  • Every year meetingsclub will personally donate 10% of its profits to charity, each member of the team will also donate a minimum of 24 hours a year to help the chosen charities and we hope to increase our fundraising at events and donations. This year we have chosen Children with Special Needs Foundation and Smart Work Reading as our chosen charities – Alison Jenkins, Founder & CEO Meetingsclub

  • JDA Software is continuing to support us for the third year running  – we are incredibly grateful for their commitment to helping local women to improve their lives, and those of their families, through succeeding at interview.

  • Thank you Shanly Foundation for £2,000

  • “Founded by Claire Owen 25 years ago, we’re a business with people at the heart, a recruitment agency with a difference, a team who really care. We know first-hand how tough job searching can be for individuals from all walks of life, and how difficult circumstances can make it hard for them to build the career they really want. We’re inspired by the ways Smart Works help women achieve their potential in such a unique and effective way and are delighted to be able to fundraise and support them this year!”

Retail Support

We are proud to have developed meaningful relationships with inspiring organisations who share our passion for empowering women.

Smart Works Reading retail supporters include Fluidity, My Boudoir, Knomo Bags, Footwear4U, Primark, Hope and Winser London.

Their support and belief in our work has meant we have received much needed exceptional clothing and accessory donations we need to dress our clients.

For more information about retail support please get in touch.

  • Winser London Team help raise awareness and partner with us to run fundraising events in their stores

     

    “We are firm supporters of Smart Works and really understand how the right work outfit can increase confidence and make that interview go much more smoothly.” Winser London

  • My Boudoir donate beautiful quality clothing and their support is vital to us in ensuring we have a strong selection of clothing across all size ranges at Smart Works

  • Fluidity donate beautiful quality clothing and partner with us to run fundraising events.  Their support is vital to us in ensuring we have a strong selection of clothing across all size ranges at Smart Works

  • Hope – Designed to make women look and feel beautifully confident are our latest retailer to support Smart Works Reading by donating beautiful clothing.

    Their support is vital to us in ensuring we have a strong selection of clothing across all size ranges at Smart Works, especially as they provide clothes from size 8 to 20 , all made in Britain , high quality and great styles.

Whether you want to make a one-off donation, or are interested in an ongoing corporate sponsorship programme please get in touch.

Local Women’s Networks

We are delighted to receive the support of a number of Women’s Networks in and around the Thames Valley from providing donations, volunteering, support directly to Smart Works to promoting our cause and connecting us with other people that can help.

For more information about Women’s Networks please get in touch.

Special Thanks

Huge support received from retail supporters and the local community

Fluidity in Henley have supported Smart Works since we opened, through donating surplus stock , by working with us on fundraising events, fashion shows and local promotions which has been amazing. Having their local support makes a huge difference, thank you.
Hobbs Reading employees have donated funds to Smart Works, as well as supporting us with fundraising events and hosting regular shopping events. Thank you to everyone who has contributed towards helping another woman to succeed at her job interview.
My Boudoir in Marlow donates surplus stock to us as well as promoting us via their website. Having local support makes a huge difference, and proves the power of having a supportive community. Thank you.
Knomo Bags have donated many of their stunning bags to Smart Works Reading which has made such a huge difference to the women we see. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.
Hope (Nayna Macintosh – Founder & CEO) have donated beautiful surplus stock to us, a great range of sizes (dual slim to dual curvy) our clients absolutely love Hope clothes. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Achievements and Recognition

Safe & Sound: Smart Works Reading is in the process of working towards being awarded the Safe & Sound award. Safe & Sound is a new quality award developed by Reading Voluntary Action that is locally relevant, credible and achievable.

Safe & Sound helps give Reading’s charities the confidence that they have reached a basic level of good governance. Reading Borough Council looks for organisations to have achieved, or be working towards, Safe & Sound or an equivalent award when they are considering funding applications.

RVA Awards: We are very proud to have been part of and to have won two awards in 2017 – Maggie MacMillan won the “Can-do Volunteer” individual award and Smart Works Reading won the a “Reading Volunteer Team Award”


Pride of Reading Nominee 2017 – https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/business/pride-reading-charity-boosts-womens-13616977

Women in Business “Role model of the year” finalist 2017

We are particularly grateful for the generous support and creative partnerships that our supporters deliver for us.

 

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Get Involved

If you would like to support Smart Works Reading please contact us for more information.