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Location: Edinburgh
Date: May 5, 2022
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Join our team and become a Volunteer Mentor for Smart Works Edinburgh’s exciting new pilot Mentor Project.
As a Volunteer Mentor with us you’ll make a huge difference to our in-work clients by helping them to reach their full potential, increasing their confidence and self-belief through tailored one-to-one support and guidance.
You will play a critical role in delivering our pilot Mentor Project by:
· Providing guidance and support to help clients find and translate information
· Understanding their individual issues and challenges
· Identifying solutions, take action to implement them and reflect on learning from these actions.
You will be required to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per month for a period of 6 months. For more information on this exciting opportunity or to apply for this role, please send a copy of your CV to caroline.levack@smartworks.org.uk.
Interviews will take place w/c 9th May and w/c 16th May.
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Location: Edinburgh
Date: March 17, 2022
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Say hello to Susan 👋

Susan first joined Smart Works Edinburgh last year as a stockroom volunteer and now has joined the Smart Works Edinburgh staff team as our office coordinator! As our office coordinator – Susan is the face of our centre. Alongside dealing with client referrals and admin, Susan oversees our entire wardrobe, ensuring our clients get only the best clothes, shoes and accessories we can offer.

We asked Susan about her time at Smart Works Edinburgh, and here’s what she had to say: “My favourite thing about working at Smart Works Edinburgh, is how much of a privilege it is to play a small part in our clients’ journey to gaining employment. Smart Works Edinburgh offers of hope, positivity and empowerment and it is a joy to be a part of.” 💙

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Location: Edinburgh
Date: March 10, 2021
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Over the past six months, Amelia Ward has been our communications intern. She has been responsible for writing our weekly ‘news’ updates and email newsletters.

A student in her penultimate year at the University of St Andrews, Amelia studies French and International Relations. She is particularly passionate about female empowerment, journalism, and equalising access to opportunities for all.

 

What did you enjoy most about your time at Smart Works Edinburgh?

“Although I absolutely loved every minute of my time with Smart Works, I particularly enjoyed my weekly meetings with Emma Jewson and Beth Reid. With Covid-19 restrictions, it was difficult at times to really feel connected with the work that Smart Works does. However, accredit to our weekly calls, I felt instantly welcomed and developed a really lovely bond with the team. I would love to drop by as soon as it is safe to do so, and meet the team in person, see the office, and get a tour of the dressing rooms!”

Which articles were your favourite to write?

“Something that I particularly enjoyed about working with Smart Works was the sheer diversity in fundraising activities that were run. Between the Evening with Ayesha Hazarika event in September, attending a Winter Makeup Masterclasswith Bobbi Brown pro-artist, Aimée Morrison in December, and participating in our Volunteers ‘Show and Tell’ Social in February, there was so much to do and always such a great community atmosphere, that you just can’t replicate. For those reasons, event recaps were some of my favourite articles to write.”

How does the Smart Works ethos inspire you?

“The Smart Works ethos inspires me in many ways, but most keenly, in its emphasis on the importance of power dressing to feel confident in the workplace. I believe that giving unemployed women the tools that they need, through clothing and interview preparation courses, to begin to level the playing field is critical for the empowerment and betterment of all women. To me, confidence is a tool that should never be underestimated, and I am constantly inspired by the way in which Smart Works understands and responds to this.”

Although her time at Smart Works Edinburgh has come to an end, she says, “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an incredible organisation. Thank you, all!”

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Location: Edinburgh
Date: February 17, 2021
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On behalf of the team here at Smart Works Edinburgh, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our incredible volunteers who have continued to support us through the tumultuous last few months and year.

In celebration of our volunteers we hosted a lovely evening last week where each volunteer had the opportunity to ‘Show & Tell’ an item with the group that has given them comfort or joy during lockdown, and to speak about one of the first things they wanted to do once lockdown is over. The evening was particularly fun to learn about the myriad of interesting ways that everyone has been keeping busy during lockdown.

From our power lifting femme fatale, Cathy, achieving an unofficial world record for over 60s in her makeshift at home gym, to volunteers knotting wool to make rugs, playing the cello, partaking in zoom book clubs, watching theatre and online productions to support small theatre companies, and so much more, it is clear that we have an incredibly talented community here.

We are so grateful for this incredible community of volunteers, and want to thank you again for the constant support. It is thanks to you, our volunteers, supporters, referral partners, and more, that it is still possible for us to support unemployed women through the interview process, equipping them to feel prepared and dressing them to feel confident.

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Location: Edinburgh
Date: January 27, 2021
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We are excited to share the news that in December 2020, Lucy Hannay became the most recent Volunteer Trustee of Smart Works Edinburgh.

With a 15-year professional background in public relations, Lucy has worked all over the world, firstly in London and Sydney and then in Scotland where she worked in corporate communications and events for Scottish & Newcastle plc. and Heineken UK. She is now a PR freelancer with clients including Dalkeith Country Park and is passionate about helping small businesses to engage and communicate with the right stakeholders in the most effective way. Lucy is currently working on an outreach program for Smart Works Edinburgh, promoting its new virtual service across Scotland.

Lucy was kind enough to answer some of our questions about her passion for Smart Works Edinburgh.

What do you find particularly enticing about working at Smart Works?
For me, it’s definitely the opportunity to be part of an inspirational female community. Between our wonderful clients, trustees, and management team, it’s an absolute pleasure to be working amongst so many bright women towards such a worthwhile cause.

What is your favourite memory from your time at Smart Works thus far?
I would say that it was the moment when I was asked to be on the Board of Trustees after starting as a volunteer. The transition to Trustee where I had the opportunity to meet all of the other female board members was hugely exciting and a real privilege.

How does the Smart Works ethos inspire you?
Smart Works truly inspires me in its commitment towards empowering unemployed women all across the UK, and its tangible impact on their welfare and future prospects. Through its dressing and coaching service, Smart Works not only gives women in need the tools to succeed in their job interviews and careers, but it also instils them with the confidence and self-belief that they need to transform their lives.

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Location: Edinburgh
Date: October 28, 2020
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We are delighted to announce that we have recently added two new trustees, Maxine Eggenberger and Catriona Mackie, to our board here at Smart Works Edinburgh.

As our resident style expert, Maxine has always been a firm believer that clothing has the power to change lives. To that end, Maxine has over a decade of experience in the journalism and fashion industries, and has held editorial positions at some of the world’s biggest publishing brands, including Look, InStyle, Who What Wear UKand Marie Claire. Originally from Scotland, Maxine relocated to Edinburgh in 2019 and, in tandem with her roles as editor at Hood magazine and contributing editor at Who What Wear UK, she assists Smart Works Edinburgh with communications, marketing, events, and social media. Her most recent project has been providing new and improved content for our social media channels whilst channelling our Smart Works Voice.

Equally as impressive, Catriona is a highly experienced international HR Director, having worked in the power, telecommunications and drinks industries. She has championed inclusivity and diversity with a specific focus on increasing diversity in the manufacturing and supply chain. Her passions and skills extend to people development and coaching, particularly in the context of women in leadership. Catriona has previously been a member of Court for one of Scotland’s top universities and is inspired by the role that education plays in the empowerment of women. Within Smart Works, Catriona is going to be working on our annual fundraising challenge, Cycle for Smart Works, as well as bringing her HR expertise to the board.

Welcome, Maxine and Catriona!

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Location: Edinburgh
Date: September 21, 2020
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Introducing Beth Reid. Beth will be covering for Smart Works Edinburgh manager, Emma Jewson, over her maternity leave and will be taking the reins from the 6th of November 2020.

Can you tell me a bit about your background and what has led you to work at Smart Works?

Hi, of course! I have recently graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in events management with marketing. Event management, especially in the third sector, has always been my passion and when I was first offered a placement with Smart Works Edinburgh as an events intern, I jumped at the opportunity. Part of what drew me to Smart Works was the close working relationship that we have with clients. Having that constant interaction and really being able to be part of the process deeply inspired me and has drawn me back time and time again. In addition, I have been working with Smart Works for several years now; so feel that I really know the office and client relations well.

 

What do you find particularly enticing about working at Smart Works?

As an events management and marketing degree-holder, I am always excited about a new project, and here at Smart Works we are constantly organising so many amazing events that make tangible changes for women’s lives. As such, I can honestly say that this is my dream job. During my university placement with Smart Works Edinburgh, I introduced our #shopsmart initiative which received hugely positive engagement, so I am keen to get on with all of our exciting upcoming projects too!

 

How does the Smart Works ethos inspire you?

As a young women myself, I know the significance of a first impression and of how critical it is to get right. Being someone who has seen the challenges of the employment journey first-hand really allows me to identify with our clients and connect with them. The Smart Works ethos of bringing women into work and building up their confidence is thus so fundamentally important to me. At Smart Works we want our clients to be able to put their best foot forward, which is something I echo fully.

 

What is your favourite memory from your time at Smart Works thus far?

Although every day at the office is really special since we are typically meeting new clients all the time, I would have to say that my favourite memory was the first time that I took part in a dressing consultation. Watching our dressing and styling team in action was incredibly powerful to me, especially when seeing how carefully they consider and get to know each client’s style and preferences. The confident look on a client’s face the first time they see their reflection after being dressed for their interview is truly a memorable moment that is hard to forget.

 

Are there any upcoming Smart Works Edinburgh projects that you are particularly looking forward to?

Excitingly, there are a couple of virtual projects in the works that we will be releasing more information on shortly, one of which is our initiative called Cycle for Smart Works. Cycle for Smart Works involves teams of five women who group up to collectively cycle five hundred miles to raise money for Smart Works and other women’s charities ahead of International Women’s day.

 

Here at Smart Works Edinburgh, we are thrilled to have Beth join the team and can’t wait to share all the exciting upcoming projects we’ve been working on.

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Location: Edinburgh
Date: July 1, 2019
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We are very excited to welcome our new trustee Amanda Jones. Amanda has over 20 years of experience in employment law and is Chair of the Scottish Government Women and Girls in Sport Advisory Board. Amanda will join our six existing trustees on the board to guide the organisation as we continue supporting women from Edinburgh and the Lothians into employment.

Amanda is a partner and Global Women’s Advancement Director for Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. Having practiced Employment and Discrimination law for over 20 years, she took up this newly created role last year. She was on the Board of the legacy firm Maclay Murray and Spens for over 5 years, and is the former Director of the Hibernian Football Club Limited and the Hibernian Community Foundation Limited. She has previously been a director of Lothian Racing Syndicate and was Chair of Scottish Women’s Aid.

Smart Works Edinburgh Chair Maggie Darling has said “We are delighted to welcome Amanda to the Smart Works Edinburgh Board of Trustees. Amanda brings with her an amazing amount of experience and huge enthusiasm for helping women fulfil their potential. Amanda has already proven herself to be proactive and approachable, and will be a huge asset to Smart Works.”

Since opening in August 2014, Smart Works Edinburgh have assisted almost 1000 women, providing work outfits from our stock of high-quality clothes donated by the public, local businesses and retailers. The styling advice and interview training we provide allows women to feel their best for interview, with 70% of women we see going on to secure employment within a month of their Smart Works Edinburgh appointment.

 

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Location: Edinburgh
Date: June 3, 2019
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Smart Works Edinburgh seeks a current student for a summer work placement in central Edinburgh.

This role would be ideal for a student looking to develop their communications and administration skills. We hope that the student would be prepared to work on a project with the support of Smart Works staff. we can offer flexibility with the nature of the project depending on the student’s areas of interest.

 

We are looking for a student who would be keen to learn how a small charity operates, who would be confident dealing with clients and volunteers. This role would be ideal for someone with a passion for the work Smart Works does, rather than any particular experience.

This role will take place over the summer break, so we can be flexible with start and end dates. Ideally the placement student would be able to commit two to three days per week over two months.

To apply for this work placement, please send a CV and cover letter explaining why you are interested in the placement to emma.jewson@smartworks.org.uk before 17th June 2019. If you would like an informal conversation before applying, feel free to call our centre on 0131 516 7787.

*Expenses paid

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Location: Edinburgh
Date: August 19, 2016
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Smart Works Edinburgh is proud to have received the Investing in our Volunteers award.

Investing in our Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work. The standard enables organisations to comprehensively review their volunteer management and also publicly demonstrate their commitment to volunteering.

Investing in volunteers demonstrates our achievement measured against a rigorous national standard. Achieving the Investing in our Volunteers award benefits our organisation by enabling us to publicly demonstrate our commitment to volunteering and effective volunteer management.