“MY CONFIDENCE HAS GONE THROUGH THE ROOF!”
Dress For Success is a charity that helps women back into work by giving them career coaching, interview clothes and fashion advice. They rely on volunteers to sort through clothes, take calls, and give one-to-one coaching. Fashion lover Alicia Williams, 26, has volunteered for the charity since September – and she loves it there! She gives Plotr the lowdown…
What makes you want to volunteer for Dress for Success?
“There are many reasons, but number one is that the charity supports vulnerable women. I like the fact that their service gives a tangible benefit immediately and women leave with a different outlook to life – you can see the results straight away. I’m also interested in fashion and want to meet like-minded people.”
Had you volunteered before?
“No – but now I’m hooked!”
Any volunteering highlights?
“My first day acting as a stylist for the clients was amazing. I felt honoured to work with these women and talk about their confidence, pick out work outfits for them and speak to them about the interviews they had. This experience showed me how hard the team works and the great results they achieve each day. It also made me desperate to work with these women more!”
How have you found working with volunteers?
“I am amazed at the variation of skills and personalities! It makes volunteering really fun and exciting and it always feels like meeting up with friends.”
Do you feel that volunteering with Dress for Success has helped you build skills?
“Yes. Dress for Success has really built my confidence and communication skills. Recently, I planned and hosted a successful fundraising event. I got lots of shout-outs and nice messages and felt proud that I had taken on the challenge.”
Would you recommend volunteering to your friends?
“Definitely, yes. Anyone that is full of ideas and enthusiasm – and motivated to get things done – makes a perfect volunteer.
It helps a lot to have a personal interest in the organisation. As a volunteer here I have been able to do what I love and I’ve been given the freedom to express my ideas. It has been a brilliant opportunity!”