Over 50 Clients per Week through our Boutiques, like Shane

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The Suited to Success team have been busy, assisting over 50 clients per week through our Boutique Styling program, just like Shane. Getting clients looking and feeling confident for interview can inspire self-belief and hope for a brighter future.

Good luck Shane and we look forward to welcoming you back for a 2nd outfit when you secure a job.

Read more of our client stories here

Accenture Sponsorship of 166 Clients Completed

We are pleased to wrap up the 2017/2018 Accenture program in October this year.

166 Clients Sponsored

Accenture sponsored 166 unemployed clients to come through our programs. The lucky clients on the program included women returning to work, mature aged, people on visa pathways, underemployed, and LGBTI members.

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Resume and Mock Interview Workshops

The dedicated team at Suited to Success spent the year supporting each and every client participant. The program enabled the participants to get help with dressing for an interview and one-on-one assistance with development of resumes and cover letters. Participants also had the opportunity to attend small group workshops to practice mock interviews. Workshops were held each month across the year and proved to be extremely popular with great engagement.

Clients reported a 97% increase in confidence to present to an interview after the program.

To read just some of our inspirational client success stories visit our web page suitedtosuccess.org

Accenture Staff Involvement

Accenture staff were involved in helping facilitation and delivery of the monthly workshops and in the weekly Career Hub sessions. Over the project 14 Accenture staff volunteered their valuable skills and knowledge to the clients and the project.

Become a Corporate Sponsor in 2019

Without valuable sponsorship Suited to Success would not be able to continue to assist unemployed men and women to build the skills and confidence for employability to thrive in work and in life.

Want to be a Corporate Partner or Sponsor? Contact us now as we urgently need major sponsors for 2019.

Imperator Menswear Suits Donation

A big thankyou to George Sano from Imperator Menswear who kindly donated a total 110 items, which included amazing suits, pants, jackets and vests.

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In 2018 we’ve assisted over 1600 clients with around 45% of those clients desperately needing something to wear to an interview. This donation will assist our clients to make a great first impression at their interview.

Thankyou Imperator Menswear from the team at Suited to Success.

Employment Office Team Raise nearly $6,000 for Suited to Success

The wonderful team out at Milton Employment Office have got together over the months of October and November to do some creative fundraising activities and auctions to raise valuable funds to support our work.

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Nicole Hard, General Manger from Suited to Success visited the Employment Office in November to meet the team and Directors in person and share how the Styling program offered can give a client a sense of self-belief and hope for a brighter future.

Creative Team Activities to Raise Funds

Holly and the team were wonderful supporters really getting to know what would be of most benefit to Suited to Success and our clients and as a result have been able to donate nearly $6,000 in cash. This will go towards supporting nearly 17 clients to access our ‘Transformational Bundle’ giving them clothing and assistance with their resume.

The team got together to wear costumes, wigs, auction items, do bike brekky tours, be on office kitchen duty. One team member going above and beyond in agreeing to have his legs waxed for the sum of $600. The activities were held over a 5 week period and the whole office coming together to support us.

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Organise an event in your office to raise much needed funds?

Some creative and fun ideas here. For anyone who wants to organise a similar team event in their office please contact Josh on joshuar@suitedtosuccess.org


QCF Foundation Site Visit to see the Impact of their Funding Project

Site Visit from Major Funder to see the impact of their Investment

Suited to Success welcomed Amy Robinson, Partnerships and Communications Manager from The QCF Foundation to Suited to Success for a site tour in November and to witness first hand the impact of their funding and to wrap up this major project on behalf of the Foundation.

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The QCF Foundation sponsored a major infrastructure project “Meeting Future Needs” which enabled Suited to Success to build a customer relationship management system (CRM Database).

The database was build in late 2017 by Beyond CRM and implemented across 2018 with go live in January 2018 and final system roll out completed in November 2018.

Witness the System Live

Amy was able to see the system in operation. A key feature of the new system enables us to easily track and record our clients journey on their path to employment. In particular their increases in self esteem and self confidence.

Capturing trends and having the ability to generate reports will enable us to spend less time on administrative functions and more time with our clients inspiring self-belief and hope for a brighter future.

This project is so important to us now and also into the future as it will create lasting change. It’s something we can constantly build upon as we grow and expand to reach more clients.

Nicole Hard, General Manager Suited to Success

Meet the Staff and Volunteers

Amy was able to meet the staff and volunteers to hear and see the impact this project has had on their daily operations. The team at Suited to Success are ecstatic about

We want to acknowledge the work of Amanda and the team at Beyond CRM who built the system and were a part of the training and roll out phases with ongoing support continuing into 2019.

Want to sponsor a major project like the QCF Foundation?

Contact us now to get involved on 2019 projects.

Suited to Success attend NAGCAS Conference

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Thankyou to Debbie Hourston from CQ Universities for donating funds from the National Association of Graduates Career Advisor Service (NAGCAS) Conference in Brisbane over 28-30 November 2018.

One of our Speakers Maree Pickett attended on behalf of Suited to Success to accept the donation and presentations to the conference speakers.

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The conference theme was around Reimagining the Workplace: Entrepreneurship, Technology & Impact

This theme was developed to reflect the importance of technology in our future working lives, both for us and our students. Issues like artificial intelligence and digital disruption will have a profound impact on all of us. The reimagined workforce will be reshaped by an emphasis on entrepreneurship, casualization and robotics.

Thankyou to the conference organisers, attendees and speakers for supporting the work of Suited to Success.

The Hon Paul de Jersey hosted an afternoon reception for Suited to Success

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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.

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Thankyou

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.


Get Involved

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.

Fashion Event Sip & Shop 29th November 5.30pm

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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.

Steps to Work 1524 Youth Client Dylan

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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 getajob@suitedtosuccess.org

 
 

Bags to Beauty 2018 - Upcycling the new rags to riches story

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

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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.

Bennelong Foundation Grant Program assisted 50 mature aged clients

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.

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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.

Brisbane criminal lawyer giving Suited to Success clients some of his suits

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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

Boutique Styling Client Jeannette

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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.

 

Exciting Expansion of our Pre-Loved Retail

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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.

Queensland Community Foundation Project Completed

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.

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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.

Development Network session on Taming Toxic Environments

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.”

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Keep an eye on our Events Calendar, The 2019 schedule is currently being planned. Would you like to be a guest speaker or simply attend? Contact us and make sure you are subscribed to our news feed.

Thanks Nicole for some amazing content. Find out more about our gest speaker.

Bubbles and Beauties 2018

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.

Glam Photos

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.

Thanks to

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!