- Funding Supporters
We rely entirely on donations and grants to fund our work. At Smart Works we pride ourselves in being a low-cost, efficient organisation with a small staff team to ensure that every penny we receive delivers real value to our funders and real worth to our clients. We are committed to the continued innovation and refinement of our service in Thames Valley and we are passionate about bringing our service to more women around the Thames Valley, ensuring we reach those who are often hardest to help and most in need. This means money donated goes directly to supporting our front line services, helping women back into employment across the UK, by allowing them to look and feel confident, empowered and successful.
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 Earley Charity– for awarding us £5,000. The Earley Charity is a local grant-making charity serving Earley and East Reading. Its history goes back some 300 years. Their grant-making programme is extensive and innovative. They make grants to local individuals in need and to voluntary and community organisations which work in our area of benefit.
Thank you to Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund for awarding Smart Works Reading £2000 to help us specifically target individuals who have suffered or are suffering from mental health issues to return to work so they can move on with their lives.
Thank you to Berkshire Community Foundation “BCF 2018 Vital Signs campaign” for awarding us £6,000 to assist and enable economic independence in vulnerable women in Slough.
Slough is a particularly deprived area with the Council citing the proportion of unemployed 18-24 year olds who have been unemployed for more than 6 months is 19.5%.
We are proud to have developed meaningful relationships with inspiring organisations who share our passion for empowering women. We partner with corporate supporters from across the Thames Valley to ensure we have the volunteers we need to deliver our service, the beautiful stock we need for our clients and can raise the funds we need to continue helping more women. (Verizon, Oracle, SAP, Cisco, IBM, MeetingsClub and FSP)
We are delighted to receive the support of many women’s networks in and around Thames Valley; these networks organise imaginative fundraising events, clothing drives, volunteer teams and work tirelessly on the ground promoting the Smart Works cause and connecting us with other like-minded women interested in supporting our clients (AWTE, Athena, Women in Business, 10-12 Business Club, WI) . If your Women’s Network would like to find out more about how to get involved please contact us.
Thank you to everyone who supports our work in the Thames Valley. Find out more about getting involved here.
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, Distinctively Me, 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.
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.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Smart Works Reading. I am inspired by the charity’s support for local women who are really trying to make a change in their lives. Having been one of the only women on the board of Directors when I was at Marks & Spencer, I know how hard it can be for women to stand out. Being an ambassador for Smart Works will mean that I can help other women to believe that they can achieve their dreams and I’m so pleased to be given the opportunity to help raise awareness of the work that they do.” Nayna MacIntosh Founder and CEO of British fashion brand Hope
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
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
“Distinctively Me is incredibly proud to be supporting Smart Works Reading. Our whole ethos is that whatever shape or age you are, you deserve to wear clothes that make you feel fabulous. We love the fact that Smart Works help women to feel their best for that all important interview which can be the first step on their new journey. We are happy to donate our samples as well as offering a free pair of made to measure trousers to special ladies throughout the year. Together I feel we can build women’s confidence so that they can fulfil their true potential.” Jill White, Founder and Managing Director, Distinctively Me
(Susan Aubrey-Cound – Founder & CEO) have donated beautiful surplus & end of season shoes to us, a great range of sizes , styles and colours our clients absolutely love them and they are ideal for work & interviews. Thank you for your continued support and generosity. “Shoes are to love, not to endure – Because we believe low heels can be inspiring, original and glamorous. Developing a curated range of favourite shapes to wear season after season, as the cornerstone of a formal wardrobe.”
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.
Huge support received from retail supporters and the local community
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.
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.
Bee Good kindly donates surplus & end of line beauty stock to us. Having this support makes a huge difference, and proves the power of having a supportive community. Thank you.
Riut Bags who kindly donated some of their Secure backpacks for your clients which are amazing and perfect for interview and work ongoing.
Marks & Spencer (Reading) for continuing to support us by donating clothing, shoes, coats and more all classic styles and great range of sizes all perfect for our clients
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 the RVA Volunteer Awards 2018 and to have won Volunteer team of the year for the second year running – This is all down to the amazing team of professional , committed, and amazingly talented Volunteer team we have at Smart Works Reading .
If you would like to support Smart Works Reading please contact us for more information.