“I became a volunteer after I retired because I still wanted to contribute to society in a positive way and what a brilliant way to do it, empowering women by helping them realise their self-worth and how much they have to offer not just in their home life but also in the workplace.”

Our service is delivered by a team of volunteers who are all passionate about supporting women into work.

They work closely with our clients to put them at ease, boost their confidence, help them to look and feel their best for their interviews and ensure they are as prepared as possible.

We have several volunteer roles available: Dressing Volunteer, Interview Coach Volunteers and Stockroom Assistants. There’s more information about each of the roles below.

Dressing volunteer

Dressing volunteers help our clients find the right clothes for their interview.  To be a good dressing volunteer you need an eye for style, great people skills and plenty of patience.  The minimum commitment is one day per week.

If you are unable to commit to one day per week you can apply to be on our list of standby dressing volunteers.

Interview volunteer

Interview volunteers help clients prepare for their interview by focusing on their skills, their confidence and their presentation.  You will need a background in HR, recruitment or senior management to join this programme.  The minimum commitment is one day per month.

If you are unable to commit to one day per month you can apply to be on our list of standby interview volunteers.

Wardrobe volunteer

Our Wardrobe volunteers ensure that our dressing room is immaculate, our fundraising events are incredible and, most importantly, that every Smart Works client leaves her dressing appointment feeling confident about her upcoming interview. If you are highly organised, colour coordinate your wardrobe, love clothes and have lots of energy this is the role for you. The minimum commitment is two days per month.

Get in touch

If you are passionate about helping support the women of Birmingham on their journey to employment we’re always looking for talented people and would love to hear from you.

The process is simple, just download this form and email it to the team at birmingham@smartworks.org.uk

We take our volunteer recruitment very seriously and it might take us a little while to get back in touch so please bear with us.