TT spoke with Dress for Success board member Michael Giudici in the Elizabeth St mall, Hobart. Bonus Xmas atmosphere 🙂
Dress for Success has a new Hobart chapter of the international organisation. Across 27 countries, DfS empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
The local chapter was started in 2017 by a committee of dedicated individuals. In 2019 Dress for Success Hobart received a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund to establish their operations in the Hobart CBD. DfS is currently seeking referral agencies to partner with.
Led by General Manager, Amanda French, the Dress for Success Hobart model will be volunteer-based. They also rely on the support of members of the community to provide these important services.
“Dress for Success offers women in Hobart the opportunity to build their confidence and achieve their employment goals,” she said. “We have been actively working with clients since November and have already supported eight women with one-on-one appointments. We have run a number of workshops and presentations to raise awareness of what we do and how people can be involved.”
Besides physically equipping clients with apparel and accessories, DfS programs furnish them with knowledge and confidence to define their lives. This includes ‘job support mentoring, access to career development workshops and a supportive network to enable them to move forward and achieve self-sufficiency through gainful employment.’