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Fitted for Work

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Name: Caitlin Mountford

Position: Communications and Project Coordinator

Email: Caitlin@fittedforwork.org

Website: http://www.fittedforwork.org

Address

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Our Mission / Objective

Fitted for Work is dedicated to helping women experiencing disadvantage get meaningful work and keep it.

At Fitted for Work, we believe women are a catalyst for creating a more socially cohesive and prosperous society, which is why our work is so important. We help empower women todevelop confidence, thus ensuring hereconomic independence and security.

Our programs and services stem from a belief that when a woman isfitted for work she isfitted for life. Furthermore, we know from experience that when women gaineconomic security through work, this has an enormous flow on effect transforming not only their own and families lives, but also to society as a whole.

Our Services

Fitted for Work prepares women for work through a range of difference services designed toprovide themwith not only practical skills and knowledge, but also the confidence required to take herplace in the workforce.

We have helped transform the lives of over 30,000 women since 2005, and are proud to say that over 64% of our clients get work within just 4 months of accessing our services.

WOMANKIND

Thisprogram consists of woman to woman training, mentor support, guest speaker events, job readiness and presentation workshops. This suite of services can be packaged to create tailored programs to inspire, and support women through herjob search journey.

Some of our services include:

  • Resume Hub; this allows for important feedback on resumes, job applications and cover letters through one on one consultation sessions.
  • Personal Outfitting and Interview Services; this provides women with work appropriate clothing designed to inspire confidence at interviews or on her first day.
  • Online and Face to Face Mentoring; ongoing one on one mentoring sessions with specially trained staff members lasting from 6-12 months.

 

Our approach, which involves coaching and mentoring, nurtures women throughout their journey to ensure they feel able to stay in work. We assist them to overcome their present situation and move forward courageously.

We work with a number of referral partners, providing their clients with evidence-based, high quality, responsive, targeted programs.

Our Beneficiaries

Disadvantage can happen to a woman at any time in her life.

We welcome all and any women experiencing adversity to benefit from our services, alwaystreating them with dignity, respect and empathy.

Our clients are survivors of domestic violence, single parents, women with disabilities,exiting prison at risk of or experiencing homelessness, mature-aged women, young women, and refugee and migrant women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

We believe in women.

We know that with the right support and skills, women can transform their lives, and the world.

Projects in Progress

Thanks to the generosity of philanthropic individuals, trusts, foundations and corporate partners we are able to offer the following programs free to the women who walk through our doors:

SHEWORKS

SheWorks provides placement and post-placement services to businesses seeking to attract and retain quality female employees.

With access to a diverse candidate pool of over 23,000 work-ready women, our specialist employment advisers work with businesses to match skilled and trained female job seekers to their business’ needs.

Our People

CEO

Donna de Zwart, Chief Executive Officer

Leadership Team

    • Amanda Carlile, General Manager Client Services & Enterprise
    • Elizabeth Trewhella, National Operations Manager
    • Meredith Hillebrand, National Programs Manager
    • Rashmi Baijnath, Finance Manager
    • Anna Macfarlane, Retail Manager
    • Ryn Hopgood, Corporate Services Manager

 

Names of Board Members

    • Mary Crooks, Chair
    • Michael Cohn
    • Joanna Wriedt
    • Maree Davidson
    • Wendy Stops
    • Wendy Brooks
    • Sarah Wrigley

 

Number of Employees

24

Number of Volunteers

400+

Registration Information

ABN

78 126 256 862

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

You can bequeath money as a specific amount or a percentage or the residue of your estate. You may wish to discuss with us the type of gift you intend to leave to Fitted for Work to ensure that we are able to apply it appropriately to our work.

We recommend that, where appropriate, you discuss your wish to make a bequest to Fitted for Work with your professional advisers, family or loved ones so they are aware of your intentions.

General Donations

Fitted for Work receives no recurrent government funding. Any funding we receive makes up less than 2% of what we need to keep our vital services running. We are able to keep our services free to the women who need them thanks to trusts, foundations and philanthropic individuals.

We thank each and every one of these donors for their generosity.

If you’d like to help a woman step out of disadvantage and into work by making your own private donation, we’d like to thank you too.

You can make a donation through our official website here:

https://fittedforwork.secure.force.com/Donate/BecomeARegularGiver

Other support

Why not hold a fundraiser?

Running a Fitted for Work event at your place of work or club is a great way to engage your employees and members in an activity for a good cause.

It costs Fitted for Work $150to put one women through our personal outfitting and interview preparation service, so it would be wonderful if you could add a fundraising element to your event –e.g. silent auction, raffle.

Every dollar raised truly does make a difference.

For more information and to register your event, click here:

https://fittedforwork.org/get-involved/donate-money/host-events-registration/

 

Become a mentor.

Fitted for Work provides individual online and face to face mentoring support to women participating in our Woman to Woman training program.

The mentor program exists to provide support and positive role modelling to enable mentees to:

    • prepare resumes and job applications
    • practice for job interviews
    • develop skills and competencies
    • establish career goals
    • gain increased feelings of self-worth and accomplishment
  •  

The mentor program provides the mentee with:

An increased ability to support mentees in dealing with the
challenges of preparing for and gaining and maintaining employment;
opportunities to contribute to the life of another; and
a network of mentor peers.

Donate Clothing

One of the free services we provide to women experiencing disadvantage is a complete personal outfitting and interview preparation service. This special service is provided at our boutiques located in Melbourne and Parramatta. The supply of clean, quality work-appropriate clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories is a critical component of the success of our service.

Our aim is to dress women in an entire outfit that is professional, suitable for interview and carefully co-ordinated to make clients look and feel good about themselves. We are always particularly in need of small and large sized clothing (66% of the women we dress are at either end of the spectrum, size 6-10 or size 18+).

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation. Without our small army of volunteers, we would not be able to deliver our services to the thousands of women we help each year.

Fitted for Work is always on the look out for women – and men – who would like to donate their time to helping the women who use our services on their journey to employment and beyond.

For more information, feel free to contact us here:

https://fittedforwork.org/contact-us/

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Fitted for Work is dedicated to helping women experiencing disadvantage get meaningful work and keep it.

At Fitted for Work, we believe women are a catalyst for creating a more socially cohesive and prosperous society, which is why our work is so important. We help empower women todevelop confidence, thus ensuring hereconomic independence and security.

Our programs and services stem from a belief that when a woman isfitted for work she isfitted for life. Furthermore, we know from experience that when women gaineconomic security through work, this has an enormous flow on effect transforming not only their own and families lives, but also to society as a whole.

Our Services

Fitted for Work prepares women for work through a range of difference services designed toprovide themwith not only practical skills and knowledge, but also the confidence required to take herplace in the workforce.

We have helped transform the lives of over 30,000 women since 2005, and are proud to say that over 64% of our clients get work within just 4 months of accessing our services.

WOMANKIND

Thisprogram consists of woman to woman training, mentor support, guest speaker events, job readiness and presentation workshops. This suite of services can be packaged to create tailored programs to inspire, and support women through herjob search journey.

Some of our services include:

  • Resume Hub; this allows for important feedback on resumes, job applications and cover letters through one on one consultation sessions.
  • Personal Outfitting and Interview Services; this provides women with work appropriate clothing designed to inspire confidence at interviews or on her first day.
  • Online and Face to Face Mentoring; ongoing one on one mentoring sessions with specially trained staff members lasting from 6-12 months.

 

Our approach, which involves coaching and mentoring, nurtures women throughout their journey to ensure they feel able to stay in work. We assist them to overcome their present situation and move forward courageously.

We work with a number of referral partners, providing their clients with evidence-based, high quality, responsive, targeted programs.

Our Beneficiaries

Disadvantage can happen to a woman at any time in her life.

We welcome all and any women experiencing adversity to benefit from our services, alwaystreating them with dignity, respect and empathy.

Our clients are survivors of domestic violence, single parents, women with disabilities,exiting prison at risk of or experiencing homelessness, mature-aged women, young women, and refugee and migrant women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

We believe in women.

We know that with the right support and skills, women can transform their lives, and the world.

Projects in Progress

Thanks to the generosity of philanthropic individuals, trusts, foundations and corporate partners we are able to offer the following programs free to the women who walk through our doors:

SHEWORKS

SheWorks provides placement and post-placement services to businesses seeking to attract and retain quality female employees.

With access to a diverse candidate pool of over 23,000 work-ready women, our specialist employment advisers work with businesses to match skilled and trained female job seekers to their business’ needs.

Our People

CEO

Donna de Zwart, Chief Executive Officer

Leadership Team

    • Amanda Carlile, General Manager Client Services & Enterprise
    • Elizabeth Trewhella, National Operations Manager
    • Meredith Hillebrand, National Programs Manager
    • Rashmi Baijnath, Finance Manager
    • Anna Macfarlane, Retail Manager
    • Ryn Hopgood, Corporate Services Manager

 

Names of Board Members

    • Mary Crooks, Chair
    • Michael Cohn
    • Joanna Wriedt
    • Maree Davidson
    • Wendy Stops
    • Wendy Brooks
    • Sarah Wrigley

 

Number of Employees

24

Number of Volunteers

400+

Registration Information

ABN

78 126 256 862

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

You can bequeath money as a specific amount or a percentage or the residue of your estate. You may wish to discuss with us the type of gift you intend to leave to Fitted for Work to ensure that we are able to apply it appropriately to our work.

We recommend that, where appropriate, you discuss your wish to make a bequest to Fitted for Work with your professional advisers, family or loved ones so they are aware of your intentions.

General Donations

Fitted for Work receives no recurrent government funding. Any funding we receive makes up less than 2% of what we need to keep our vital services running. We are able to keep our services free to the women who need them thanks to trusts, foundations and philanthropic individuals.

We thank each and every one of these donors for their generosity.

If you’d like to help a woman step out of disadvantage and into work by making your own private donation, we’d like to thank you too.

You can make a donation through our official website here:

https://fittedforwork.secure.force.com/Donate/BecomeARegularGiver

Other support

Why not hold a fundraiser?

Running a Fitted for Work event at your place of work or club is a great way to engage your employees and members in an activity for a good cause.

It costs Fitted for Work $150to put one women through our personal outfitting and interview preparation service, so it would be wonderful if you could add a fundraising element to your event –e.g. silent auction, raffle.

Every dollar raised truly does make a difference.

For more information and to register your event, click here:

https://fittedforwork.org/get-involved/donate-money/host-events-registration/

 

Become a mentor.

Fitted for Work provides individual online and face to face mentoring support to women participating in our Woman to Woman training program.

The mentor program exists to provide support and positive role modelling to enable mentees to:

    • prepare resumes and job applications
    • practice for job interviews
    • develop skills and competencies
    • establish career goals
    • gain increased feelings of self-worth and accomplishment
  •  

The mentor program provides the mentee with:

An increased ability to support mentees in dealing with the
challenges of preparing for and gaining and maintaining employment;
opportunities to contribute to the life of another; and
a network of mentor peers.

Donate Clothing

One of the free services we provide to women experiencing disadvantage is a complete personal outfitting and interview preparation service. This special service is provided at our boutiques located in Melbourne and Parramatta. The supply of clean, quality work-appropriate clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories is a critical component of the success of our service.

Our aim is to dress women in an entire outfit that is professional, suitable for interview and carefully co-ordinated to make clients look and feel good about themselves. We are always particularly in need of small and large sized clothing (66% of the women we dress are at either end of the spectrum, size 6-10 or size 18+).

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation. Without our small army of volunteers, we would not be able to deliver our services to the thousands of women we help each year.

Fitted for Work is always on the look out for women – and men – who would like to donate their time to helping the women who use our services on their journey to employment and beyond.

For more information, feel free to contact us here:

https://fittedforwork.org/contact-us/

Our Annual Reports

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