Jobseekers handed sartorial interview boost

26 Apr 2013
by Neil Skinner

Formerly homeless jobseekers received a stylish boost when two Nottingham property agencies joined forces to donate professional interview clothes. 

The colourful array of suits, shirts, ties, dresses and sweaters – many with designer labels and all in spotless condition – were handed to homelessness charity Framework on Tuesday morning.

 Residents at Elizabeth House, in Mansfield Road, which contains 15 small flats designed to promote independent living, will wear the items to attend potentially life-changing interviews for college placements, training schemes and job interviews. 

Tamsin Wheatcroft, of Cavendish Lettings, said: “We’re all about finding people places to live so homelessness is a cause very close to our hearts. When this idea was suggested to us the response was fantastic. I think people understand that it was a really good way to help people up the ladder and into opportunities for the future.” 

Laura Farrell, of Savills, speaking next to six large boxes and bags, added: “I was absolutely amazed with not only with the response we had from staff but also at the quality of clothing that they donated. It’s not something I would have thought have doing but I can really see how this will help people in the future.” 

Framework Support Worker Irina Winfield said: “The people who live here they are often volunteering, starting college and then looking for work and apprenticeships. It is so important that they go to their interviews looking smart and well presented – but that can also be very expensive for people on such limited budgets. 

“We do get some clothes donations from people but it’s rarely stuff that is this smart or of this quality. I know our residents will make excellent use of them.”

 The donated items, all of which are in pristine condition, will be distributed to residents in the coming days.

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