You can now make a referral to Smart Works using an online form

Making a referral is simple and hassle-free. With our new online form, referring to Smart Works is now quicker than ever, taking only a few minutes to complete.

Within one working day, Smart Works will reach out to the woman you have referred, ensuring that she receives the necessary support at a crucial time.

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Location: Birmingham
Date: May 31, 2022
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We successfully held our very first Charity Lunch & Designer/Vintage Clothes Sale since 2020.  It was fitting to host it at Chapter Restaurant in Edgbaston which evolved as a result of lockdown.  With a full house we were delighted to welcome our supporters back to enjoy an excellent lunch amongst friends and colleagues.  Thanks must go to Harrow Green who supported us by bringing the clothes rails with designer/vintage clothes – needless to say they didn’t have as much to take back with them due to the purchases made by our guests.

Thanks to all table hosts and guests for making the day such a success, we managed to raise £5,500 which is really important to us as it goes towards the running of our centre to support disadvantaged women back into work.

Thanks must also go to all those that donated raffle prizes, Unity Trust Bank who sponsored the arrival drinks and John Price Printers for the menus.

We look forward to hosting the next event – let’s hope there won’t be such a gap!

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Location: Birmingham
Date: April 22, 2022
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We are delighted to be hosting our first event since ‘you know what’ occurred. Not knowing when to resurrect events we decided to host our Charity Lunch & Designer/Vintage Clothes Sale in May and we need not have worried as the event sold out really quickly.

Supporting a new local business, Chapter Restaurant in Edgbaston, we can’t wait to meet friends, colleagues and supporters who are keen to join us.

We have some great clothes to sell and we look forward to welcoming everybody to have the opportunity to catch up and have fun whilst raising funds to support disadvantaged women back into work.

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Location: Birmingham
Date: February 17, 2022
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It was great to say goodbye to the virtual Trustee’s Board Meeting this month and see each other in person.  There was lots of catching up to do – two years is a long time when you haven’t seen people in person, and it was timely as it coincided with our Annual Planning meeting which needs lots of brainstorming.

We were also delighted to welcome three new Trustees who were all appointed during lockdown.  Alison Armstrong, Bernadette Coughlan and Susan Noyes, who will replace Ruth Paulin as Treasurer in March when she steps down.  These ladies have a wealth of knowledge and experience between them so will compliment our existing Trustees.

It also gave us the chance to say goodbye to Ruth Paulin and Caroline Wilkie who have been Trustee’s for over four years.  They were instrumental in setting up our first centre and we have all enjoyed working with them over the years.  They may have retired as Trustees but we do know that they will continue to support our fantastic charity.

As for planning, it’s an exciting time for our charity as there has never been a more crucial time to ‘help unemployed women back into work’ as there is now.  Fundraising is always key to our endeavours so if you can help in anyway this would be appreciated as our service will only go from strength to strength in the coming years.  Please visit our ‘Get Involved’ page of the website if you would like to see how you can help or hit the ‘donate’ button.