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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

BWC grant well suited to Brisbane charity

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

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Revive Festival at Southbank

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

https://www.suitedtosuccess.org/get-involved/

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Nudgee College Easter Morning Tea

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A huge thank you to the ladies auxiliary for welcoming us to the Easter High Tea and getting involved to support our clients by donating $500 and collecting 471 clothing items for our boutique.

The high tea was attended by 250 members of the ladies auxiliary, and hosted by the Principal and Deputy Principal of Nudgee College.

Nicole Hard answered many questions about what STS does and shared some client journeys from homelessness to employment in a session facilitated by Rebecca Blinco from Carbon Creative

Waterfront Place Supports Suited to Success

The community team from Waterfront Place are getting together to raise awareness for International Women's Day with a collection of clothes and money from a morning tea.

It's vital for our continued operation to get members of the community involved, so a big thank you to Jessica Kiely and the team for hosting this event for us.

Compass Group Supports Suited to Success

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Compass Group have got the staff in the office to get together to support International Women's Day and Suited to Success to #pressforprogress for gender parity.

Thank you to the team for supporting our clients. In 2017 we assisted over 1400 clients with 70% of our youth program graduates obtaining a job after completing the program, while 97% indicate an improvement in their self-esteem. We are helping our clients one outfit at a time.

Want to find out how to support our clients and programs. Contact Nicole on gm@suitedtosuccess.org

 

Retail First Partners with Suited to Success

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Retail First. This means that Toowong Village, Brookside Shopping Centre, and Peninsula Fair will be running support campaigns for us.

Each centre has allocated donor boxes for shoppers and members of the public to get involved. 

The Donor Boxes

Brookside Shopping Centre are hosting a site for us to talk to shoppers about our programs.

The Videos 

Toowong Village are sponsoring a series of videos made by Hayley Wilson, senior producer from Edge Studio Productions, shot in our beautiful boutique in Fortitude Valley with fashion ambassadors Nikki Parkinson, Styling You and Laura Churchill, Director The Style Report


 
 
 

Development Network Professional Stylist Gabby Hammett presents

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Free Event – All Welcome! On Saturday 3rd Feb PROFESSIONAL STYLIST Gabby Hammett facilitated an interactive workshop around Styling. Gabby deals with clients from all walks of life and all shapes and sizes, so clients, volunteers and members of the public who came to the event got some styling tips for their next interview or for day to day work. Thank you to Gabby for the tips on how we can reset our style and build our confidence. 

First Impressions Count We Talk To Employment Consultants at Woodridge

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It can be great to have an interview booked but if you don't have anything to wear it can be challenging to make a good first impression, and that's really important.

Today we visited MAX Woodridge consultants to talk to them about how important those first impressions are. The consultants often refer their clients for a styling session where they receive a full interview outfit to keep; making sure they make the best possible first impression to win the job.

See some client before and afters here

Are you unemployed and have an interview booked with nothing appropriate to wear? book in for a styling session today

Empower Hour

Suited to Success is raising funds for our Dress for Success Brisbane program. Clothing donations are great but in 2017 we received over 42,000 items so in 2018 we are asking for individuals and companies to support us by donating an hour of their pay in our Empower Hour campaign.

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CUA Public Affairs Team Lend a Hand in Marketing & Events Planning

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Credit Union Australia CUA encourages its employees to take 3 volunteer days per year to help community. In 2018 we are pleased to announce a calendar of events for Brisbane staff to get really involved, not only assisting our clients but also assisting our staff. 

On 31st January as part of our yearly planning we were pleased to have the entire Public Affairs Team in to work with us on our Communications, Marketing and Events. What a creative team and we look forward to having the team back again next month.