Women from the Blanchardstown area were participating in Dress for Success Dublin (DfSD) professional styling and suiting workshops last week – as part of an ongoing collaboration between DfSD and EMPOWER (formerly the Blanchardstown Area Partnership).
The workshops were offered to local job-seekers and ran across two days, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June.
DfSD is a charity founded by clothing designer, entrepreneur and campaigner Sonya Lennon, with a mission to promote women’s participation in the workforce. In the first half of this year alone, the organisation supported over 400 women to gain employment and develop their careers.
DfSD provides professional clothing and styling advice to job-seekers, as well as career development and sectoral workshops. The charity operates on a referral basis, with clients referred to DfSD by grassroots partner agencies, such as EMPOWER.
For this collaboration in Blanchardstown, job-seekers from EMPOWER received styling advice and an interview-appropriate outfit from DfSD, empowering participants to present themselves confidently and professionally when meeting potential employers.
Commenting today (25.06.18), Angela Smith, CEO of DfSD, said “We’re delighted to be working with EMPOWER to bring our interview styling workshops to Blanchardstown, helping to encourage and support the economic independence of women in this area.
“The impact of these sessions goes much deeper than job-seekers receiving a suitable interview outfit: it also means they have a new-found confidence. We know from all our work to date that our workshops can transform our clients, both inside and out.”
Adeline O’ Brien, CEO of Empower said: “The Dress for Success workshops are a hugely beneficial resource for job-seekers, providing professional clothing for those who may not have the resources to acquire interview clothing otherwise. We are very proud of our ongoing partnership with DfSD and look forward to continuing our work with them.”