As Christmas is only just around the corner and we wrap up for another year, I thought I’d share with you our success for this year.Read More
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The Hon Paul de Jersey
In recognition of operating since 2008 the Hon Paul de Jersey and Mrs de Jersey hosted an afternoon reception at Government House on Wednesday 21st.
Thankyou to the major financial sponsors, program partners, directors, staff, founding volunteers and success clients who attended the reception. With the support of those involved we have assisted over 8000 clients in Brisbane to overcome the barriers to employment.
So far this year, we’ve completed over 951 styling sessions including two record breaking months in September and October and we are looking forward to conducting more to make such a difference to the lives of those who are facing barriers to employment.
There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference.
1. Purchase one of our exclusive Bubbles & Beauties TOTE BAG at $25 each from web site suitedtosuccess.org
2. Hold a fundraising event for us – a simple cupcake sale or fund raising pre-loved clothes event of your own
3. Invite us to visit you with our range of brand new designer wear items donated this year with original item price tags showing between $150 and $300 which we are selling for $50.
4. Make Suited to Success your charity of the year and send us a donation – every little bit helps.
Thankyou to the Hon Paul de Jersey for supporting our work within the community and to those who continue to contribute.
Join us on 29th November 5.30pm
Join us for our Summer Sip & Shop (our final event for the year!) where we'll have racks galore of brand new and high quality pre-loved designer clothing as well as shoes and handbags. You'll also be able to shop upstairs in our retail boutique on the night.
Stylists will be available to help you
Suited to Success stylists will be there to help with any styling tips, tricks or advice you may need. We'll also have our fabulous and colourful flower wall for photos - made completely out of pre-loved clothing and scarves.
All tickets include a $10 voucher to spend + a beverage
$10 entry includes a glass of wine or sparkling on arrival AND a $10 voucher to spend on the night. All funds raised go towards helping unemployed clients. Book online at suitedtosuccess.org. Tickets available at the door on the night also.
It’s vital that we hold these events so that we can raise valuable funds to help us support our clients so grab your tickets now and shop up a storm.
Dylan is currently completing our Steps to Work 1524 program which is a youth focus program aimed at building not only the confidence but the skills to find employment.
70% job outcome rates
We have over 70% job outcomes in this program and have supported over 90 youth clients through the program in 2018.
Help with resume and goal setting
As part of the program clients like Dylan receive assistance with resume and interview skills, social media profiles, goals setting, communications and self confidence.
Dylan has already had his styling session in our boutique as part of the program.
“My styling session was very helpful, I didn't know what to wear or where to start but I feel better now.”
Contact us if you know anyone under 24 years old who needs assistance in gaining employment by email email@example.com
Don’t miss out
If you didn’t make it to our annual fashion event Bubbles & Beauties 2018 at City Hall you missed a great evening of fashion parades and designer pre-loved clothing and accessories.
At this years event we launched our new Tote Bags for sale. They are a great way to ensure we care for the environment by recycling. Visit our Tote Bag page on our web site to see all the history and how we are recycling.
The Bags Become a Beauty
Buying a bag helps to raise valuable funds to enable us to help more unemployed clients. By purchasing
one bag will provide a client with a Kick Start job search workshop resource
two bags will provide a client a Confidence Booster, mock interviews and resume consultation.
Please purchase your Limited Edition Tote Bag Now to help a client.
50 mature aged clients were lucky enough to have access to this program
We’ve assisted 50 mature age clients under the Bennelong Foundation program.
We are thrilled to wrap up the Bennelong Foundation grant program which sponsored 50 mature aged clients through our intensive Steps to Work program.
Bennelong provided a significant sponsorship amount of $30,000 towards this program.
We provided intensive support
We were able to provide intensive support with some amazing results and improvements in self esteem and self confidence.
Foundations provide vital support
Without the support of Foundations and the community we would not be able to continue to support those in need.
In 2018 we’ve assisted over 1600 clients with many more in need.
If you would like to sponsor a program or client please get in touch with us before the end of the year.
This Brisbane criminal lawyer is giving away 82 of his finest suites to help men looking for work.
Daniel was kind enough to promote the work we do in our styling sessions where we give clients interview outfits. We will be lucky enough to receive some of the suits that we can dress our clients with.
Thankyou Daniel for your support of our work and kind offer. Raising awareness of our work in the community is vital to continue our services.
Watch the FULL interview here
Our stylists have been busy with over 150 clients per month coming through our doors.
Each and every day, we provide interview and work clothing to clients like Jeannette who attended a styling session in our Boutique in November. When asked how her session went, she replied:
“Fantastic, great, the outfit I received today is perfect and versatile with all the clothes. My session was really worthwhile.”
Best of luck Jeannette and we look forward to hearing the outcome and seeing you back in our Boutique for a second outfit when you secure a job.
If you would like to sponsor a client go to our get involved page. A $150 donation will dress a client empowering them on their journey.
We’ve made some exciting changes to our little retail pre-loved boutique. We are open on Saturday morning and have started to sell some of our casual and designer items on-line.
You can now shop On-Line
So if you love finding pre-loved casual or designer bargains or know any savvy fashion shoppers keep an eye on our Facebook Instagram suitedtosuccess and Ebay store.
All funds go towards supporting clients
All the funds from any sales will go directly into supporting more clients through our programs so please make sure you follow our socials.
We are pleased to announce the major project funded by the QCF Foundation has been successfully completed with the Foundation planning a site visit in late November to view the outcomes.
The Foundation sponsored a major infrastructure project “Meeting Future Needs” which enabled Suited to Success to build a customer relationship management system.
After much hard work we’ve been operating the system since the beginning of the year with the build taking place over several months and implementation over 9 months. Thankyou to Beyond CRM for building and assisting us in the design and implementation and review phases.
This system has greatly impacted our ability to track and maintain client data which assists not only our volunteers and staff but also allows us to work more efficiently, leaving more time to spend assisting unemployed clients.
If you would like to sponsor a major project to assist our work in the community like the QCF Foundation please contact us.
The October network session topic was - Taming Toxic Environments & Emotions
This free session was open to clients, volunteers and supporters with all welcome.
Guest speaker Nicole Hewitt Donaldson
Guest speaker Nicole Hewitt Donaldson spoke about the topic of Taming Toxic Environments & Emotions. Anyone who has attended one of Nicole’s sessions knows we certainly got a real treat!
Content Nicole covered was discussion around how 'toxic' people and places lead to a great deal of anxiety, judgement of others (and self) and leads to a sense of dissatisfaction.
Nicole said “If we 'tame' the perceptions we have around the 'toxic' using some of my tools, we should have a greater opportunity to manage our mind, make better choices and feel grateful.”
Another year, Another Bubbles & Beauties over!
What a fantastic event we had this year! A huge thankyou to everyone who came along on the night, enjoyed some bubbles and made some amazing designer purchases.
Here is a snapshot of the event, for all the other glam photos click here
Funds from the night go to help clients through our programs
Overall the event was a complete success, Raising much needed funds that are vital for us to keep our doors open so we can continue operating and offering our services to clients.
Without all of these people the event wouldn't be possible, thankyou
Natasha Howie - Event MC
Cr Vicki Howard - Attending and opening the event for us
Grace Grace MP - Donation of lucky door prize hamper
Kate Luke Photography - Event photographer
Elle Williamson - Press photographer
Stace McGregs for organising all of our models (and modelling herself of course!); Bec Ilovethatskirt, Cate Individualstyle101, Sam CurvySam and Tammy @tammylam97
Kristy @A Blushing Beauty - Models makeup
Mikaela (Flawless Image | Beauty Services) - Pamper room makeup
Gabby Gabby Hammett Styling & Cathy The Closet Minimalist - Attendee Stylists
Eugenie Zhan Illustration - Event invite illustration
Celeste Design by fish - Event invite design
Nicolas Soro (@NSR productions) - Client video production
Brisbane City Council - Venue sponsorship
Angie's Floral Design - Flower Wall
And all of our Suited to Success staff and volunteers for helping out on the day.
We'll see you all again next year!
Each and every day Suited to Success dress men and women to assist them in finding employment. We saw our busiest months with over 150 clients coming through our doors in August and over 155 clients in September.
Congratulations to another one of our clients who was styled on 27th September in our Fortitude Valley boutique. What a professional look, good luck from the team of Stylists at Suited to Success on your interview.
Want to make a booking?
Do you know someone who needs an interview outfit or help with their resume or interview skills. Contact the Suited to Success team on 3216 1969 or book them in on line
Suited to Success has been named as one of the 200 #WestpacFoundation Community Grant recipients for 2018.
General Manager Nicole Hard said ‘the $10,000 grant will help us with creating employment pathways for our clients. We’ve had such a close working relationship with the team at Fortitude Valley we were thrilled to learn of the news.”
Do you have a charity partner program at your work? To find out how to work with Suited to Success get in touch with Nicole Hard.
BWC grant well suited to Brisbane charity
Brisbane charity Suited to Success which helps people one outfit at a time to overcome barriers to employment has received a grant for $10,000 from the Brisbane Women’s Club (BWC) charitable Grants Program.
The not for profit community organisation started as a group of fashion-conscious ladies getting together to provide clothing to women needing smart outfits for job interviews has become a successful social enterprise assisting more than 7000 people.
The $10,000 grant from BWC means Suited to Success can assist even more women in getting job ready and will contribute to the charity’s association with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) to extend, review and further develop a youth program to specifically identify and address women’s issues related to employment.
“We saw the incredible work Suited to Success were doing for women and just knew we had to support this program, which aligns perfectly with what BWC represents,” BWC President Robin Francis said
“What we particularly liked about Suited to Success was we could see real potential to make a tangible difference to employment outcomes for disadvantaged women.”
The grant will help 10 clients on their journey to employment
Suited to Success General Manager, Nicole Hard said the grant will allow them to select 10 clients facing barriers to employment and work with them to provide a styling session, assistance with their resume and interview skills, and most importantly help develop a personal and professional plan which will support them on their often difficult journey to gaining employment.
“We will be supporting our clients on their journey over a three to six month period and are excited to see the results” Ms Hard said. “It’s all about identifying the barriers and developing a program that can really make a difference. Programs like the Brisbane Women’s Club Grants are vital to continue to operative.”
In 2017 two Grants Program recipients were awarded $5,000 – Queensland’s oldest charity, Lady Musgrave Trust, and Logan Women’s Health & Wellbeing Centre.
For more information about BWC, Suited to Success or the annual Grants Program, visit bwcorg.au or suitedtosuccess.org
Watch out for updates on the journey of these lucky clients who will participate in this program.
Do you want to support a client through one of our programs? Donate now
Suited to Success were a part of the Revive Festival at Southbank
Run by Brisbane City Council this was our second time attending the Festival and we had a great time. What a wonderful initiative to focus on recycling and repurposing.
We showcased our amazing pre-loved fashion
Fashion parades and all things recycled were the hot topics and we were able to sell some of our amazing pre-loved fashion items with all funds going to supporting our programs.
Thanks to the wonderful team Kylie, Josh, Jarin, Erin W and E M, and Laura for set up and running the stall.
Want to get involved?
Do you want to get involved with any of our events? contact us to find out how
Suited to Success attended The Department of Jobs and Small Business roundtable discussions in Sydney
As a community organisation Suited to Success assists men and women overcome the barriers to employment.
The Australian Government is undertaking a review
The Australian Government is undertaking a review into what a future employment services system might look like. This is part of the Government’s ongoing focus of getting Australians into jobs.
Suited to Success attended the RoundTable discussions in Sydney
The Department of Jobs and Small Business held face‑to-face consultations with key stakeholders to help inform the design of a future employment services system.
The roundtable coincides with the release of a public discussion paper that sets out key issues to be considered in the design of a future employment services model.
The Discussion Paper
The discussion paper has been informed by the work of the Employment Services Expert Advisory Panel (Panel), which is independently chaired by Mrs Sandra McPhee AM. The Panel contains representatives of employers, welfare groups and employment service providers. It also contains a labour market economist and an expert in business transformation. The Panel has considered national and international evidence and tested some of its preliminary thinking with users.
The discussion paper is available on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science consultation hub at https://consult.industry.gov.au/jobs/future-employment-services