Smart Works Reading opens it’s doors

It was smiles all round as Mr James Puxley Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading; Councillor Sarah Hacker officially welcomed Smart Works to Reading at their launch event on 16th February.

Addressing around 40 guests, Smart Works Reading’s Founder, Sarah Burns, described how the charity, which provides free interview training and clothing to disadvantaged women, had already helped 23 local women to succeed at interview. Her speech ended with the reading of a thank you letter from a Smart Works client which demonstrated the power of its service to help local women transform their lives.

Sarah then handed over to Mr James Puxley Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire who highlighted the importance of Smart Works’ contribution in light of the challenge many people face in trying to break out of long term unemployment, and the power of employment to lift families out of poverty. Mr James Puxley Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire explained: “Nothing big in this world is achieved by just one person. Achievements come when one adds together the sum of many parts and so I wish Smart Works every success as one of these parts. Together all these parts make a very important and vital contribution to the creation of a better society and community”

Madam Mayor Sarah Hacker concluded the speeches with a personal reflection on the power of clothing to make you feel confident and thanked Sarah and the Smart Works team for deciding to bring their service to Reading.