Volunteer with us
Volunteers are at the very core of our organisation, both delivering front-line services and making them happen.
We are always on the look out for new volunteers to get involved and give their time to support what we do.
If you are looking to spend your employee volunteer days with us, please see the form below.
Volunteering with Dress for Success Greater London is a rewarding and humbling experience open to both men and women allowing you to style clients, provide interview coaching and get hands-on behind the scenes of a small charity.
We’ve found that volunteers from our corporate partners are some of the most enthusiastic and capable that come through our doors. We love their style, interview experience and hands-on, can-do attitude.
“I had an immensely rewarding day with Dress for Success. They prepared me well but also left enough space for volunteers to solve issues for themselves. Above all it was fun for the volunteers as well as delivering a service that was clearly so valued by their clients. I'll certainly be going back again.”
What's involved in volunteering
Volunteers are involved in:
styling and dressing clients for their interview or new job
holding mock interviews to prepare clients for the real thing
providing careers guidance to clients who don't get the job
sorting, hanging and steaming donated clothing items
contacting former clients to see how their interview went and offer additional support
packing up out-of-season clothing for storage
handling admin tasks including data entry and taking phone calls
preparing the boutique for the following day's appointments
supporting our external and internal events
acting as ambassadors for the charity
We like volunteers who recognise that we are a small charity and are willing to turn their hand to any of the above and more. Further, we value that each volunteer brings their own unique skillset to the organisation and we do our best to get to know the individual and their skills and identify how to utilise that for the benefit of our clients.
A typical day
A typical daily volunteer team will consist of up to four volunteers, with the most experienced put forward as the lead. Depending on the operational priorities for the day, the team will be assigned different roles and tasks by the lead based on an initial briefing session, and these might change throughout the day.
We want volunteers to use their initiative and recognise the best ways of working in the challenging and dynamic environment of the boutique.
We recognise that the amount of time a volunteer is able to commit to spend with us can vary dramatically depending on personal circumstances. When applying to volunteer we will ask how often you intend to volunteer - this can range from once a quarter up to once a week, however you will be free to book in as per your availability.
Our volunteer booking system allows volunteers to see all available volunteer slots and to book in as best suits them. It will also highlight volunteer days where we are lacking adequate coverage and so volunteers who are available are able to help us (and our clients) out.
Volunteers who do not volunteer in six months are gradually retired from the role but are welcome to return should they become available to.
Offering our volunteer opportunity to your employees
We are always happy to work with companies looking to add opportunities to their corporate volunteering programme. Our FastTrack service allows organisations a 'set and forget' approach allowing employees to book their volunteer days directly around their own work commitments without a central coordinator maintaining a rota or schedule.
Please get in touch to discuss how we can offer our volunteer opportunity to your employees.
*Please note that while we appreciate the enthusiasm of former clients wishing to volunteer, it is our policy they must have secured permanent employment before they are able to give time volunteering, as to allow otherwise would be against our values as an organisation.