A social landlord in Bolton has set up a ‘clothes bank’ for the town’s residents who may need a little help dressing to impress at a job interview.
The Working Wardrobe, as it is called, provides “quality smart clothing” so that people referred to the scheme can make an effective impression in job interview. The scheme has been set up by Bolton at Home, which said the initiative forms part of its commitment to “help customers find employment”.
It’s a referral-based service, the housing provider said, which is available to men and women of working age who have secured an interview. Along with clothing, which is donated to the Working Wardrobe, the scheme also offers accessories and mentoring.
“We’re proud of the fact that we’re opening-up the doors to all Bolton residents,” said Noel Sharpe, director of customer and place. “There is a referral mechanism and we think that’s really important. It enables us to make sure that when people come here they get the right support, whether that’s help picking an outfit or gaining additional skills to help them perform at interviews.”
The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, cut a ribbon to open the premises on Bradshawgate, Bolton.
“I feel Working Wardrobe will be a confidence booster for a lot of people going into interviews, where they might have otherwise had doubts about how they would be perceived rather than in their abilities. It is a great idea and much needed,” said said.
Image: (Left to right) Samantha Sherrington, Mayoress of Bolton; the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Elaine Sherrington; and Dawn Juson, Bolton at Home’s employment project officer, Working Wardrobe