As part of an ongoing CSR programme with South Yorkshire Community Fund, Office Friendly has donated over 100 pieces of clothing to two local charities. Collecting everything from ties to handbags, the Office Friendly team organised a clothing drive throughout May 2018 with the aim to raise awareness for several worthy causes, and support those in need of clothing.

The first donation, six large bags of casual clothes and accessories for all genders delivered to Sheena Amos Youth Trust (SAYiT) in time for their “Trans-A-Wear” event. On 19th May, the trust offered a free clothes swap event for trans, non-binary, and gender non confirming people in the Sheffield area.

 Clothing Donation

 Over 100 garments and accessories donated to two worthy causes in Sheffield city centre

“Trans-A-Wear” is a supportive event for Trans* young people up to the age of 25 and saw clothes being given to those who may not have the opportunity or the means to buy the clothes that match their gender, as well as make-up tutorials, hair styling and a nail bar.

SAYiT have been running in Sheffield since 1999 and provide support and social opportunities for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) or who are affected by HIV. For more information about the projects they run or how you could support them directly, head to www.sayouthtrust.org.uk.

 

A second donation of men’s business attire went to The Suit Works, based in Kelham Island. From ties in bright colours, to a double breasted waistcoat, over 45 garments were given to benefit men in Sheffield preparing for job interviews.

The Suit Works help and support unemployed men of all ages who are trying to get into work by giving them a styling session, suit, shirt, tie and shoes or smart casual clothing. This benefits those who have the offer of a job interview and do not have, or are unable to afford to buy suitable clothing.

Michael Hudson and Vanda Kewley

Vanda Kewley, Director of The Suit Works, shows Michael Hudson, Office Friendly Learning Platform Manager, around the inventory of business attire.

On receiving the clothes, Director of The Suit Works, Vanda Kewley said: “When you walk through that door, those first thirty seconds are crucial – your body language, what you are wearing, and your standard of personal grooming They all tell your story.

“We believe that this service is an important step for clients to help them in breaking down barriers to employment.”

The Suit Works also offers informal interview skills training at the same time covering aspects such as body language, grooming, dealing with nerves and preparation. The service has grown in its support of local people, from assisting 5 people in May 2017 and this year helping 22 men “suit up”. For more information visit www.thesuitworks.co.uk

The Suit Works Fitting Room

The Suit Works holds clothing to fit men from size 30” chest to 54” and dedicate time to a proper fitting.

If you would like to support the community and charity work Office Friendly are doing, or find out more, take a look at the justgiving page for the Office Friendly Community Fund https://bit.ly/2sFHQYz or call the office on 0114 256 6294.