Dressing for success breaks down barriers

A GLOBAL women’s empowerment charity has opened its doors in Hobart thanks to the support of Aurora Energy and the Tasmanian Community Fund.

Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of women by providing professional attire and a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.

Founded 20 years ago and now operating in more than 150 locations across the world, Dress for Success has been established in Hobart to help empower Tasmanian women to break down employment barriers and seek better futures.

Using clothes donated by the public, clients are provided with a styling appointment and walk away with a new wardrobe for their job interview.

Clients receive up to a week’s worth of work-appropriate attire if they are successful.

“It is about so much more than just the clothes,” Dress for Success Hobart founder and general manager Amanda French said.

“Dress for Success empowers women by building their confidence and self-esteem.

“Having a great outfit that you feel comfortable and confident in helps you put your best foot forward in an interview environment.”

Dress for Success Hobart received funding from the Tasmanian Community Fund through its ‘Increasing Workforce Engagement’ targeted funding round.

“We saw the potential in this project and could see that it met a demonstrated need in our community,” Tasmanian Community Fund chairperson Sally Darke said.

“We are delighted to be able to support Dress for Success Hobart to get established.”

Aurora Energy chief executive officer Rebecca Kardos said as a key employer in Tasmania, they recognised the importance of providing opportunities to all Tasmanians.

“Especially so when it is someone’s first attempt at finding work,” she said.

“We are confident Dress for Success will encourage more women to secure employment by equipping them with the confidence and support network to do so.”

Ms French said they were pleased to have the support of the Tasmanian Community Fund and Aurora Energy to get the programs up and running.

“We can’t wait to report back on the impact of this initiative and the outcomes we’ve been able to achieve together,” she said.

Dress for Success Hobart hosted 100 guests at its official launch party recently at the new office and boutique.

Caption: From left, Tasmanian Community Fund chairperson Sally Darke, Dress for Success Hobart founder and general manager Amanda French and Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer. Photo credit: Amy Brown.

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