Because We Care Boutique launched

Wyong's social enterprise Op Shop run by friendly volunteers

Wyong Neighbourhood Centre has launched its new Because We Care Boutique.

The boutique runs in conjunction with the Centre’s Social Enterprise Op Shop and is the first of its kind on the Central Coast. It is run by stylist volunteers, who will assist disadvantaged women trying to reenter the workforce by providing professional attire and support prior to job interviews.

“This is a service for women that have faced severe challenges in life and are aiming to seek paid employment to improve their lives and the lives of their families,” said Wyong Neighbourhood Centre’s Community Relations Officer, Sharyn Burgess. “For many clients, the first process to reentering the workforce is being able to have appropriate clothing.

“With referred clients seeking assistance from disadvantaged situations or living on the poverty line, there simply aren’t funds available in the family budget to purchase new clothing. “When women visit our boutique for their one hour consultation, they will be immediately welcomed by dedicated volunteer stylists with a warm smile, to help them feel at ease. “Before they arrive, some of the women will have received one-on-one interview training and presentation advice, as well as assistance with job applications and with help updating their resume from their job network providers. “These tools, together with our service, will ensure that they are fully prepared to succeed at a job interview,” Burgess said.

The boutique will run alongside the Centre’s, Fit Out For Your Project, which assists men and women with clothing through the Emergency Relief program. To make the boutique a reality, the Centre is calling on the community to donate funds to get the program up and running. “Change rooms need to be built, shelving and clothing racks purchased, and we need mirrors, signage, brochures just to name a few. “All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible. “If you feel this is a community project that your business, organisation or yourself are able to support, please do not hesitate to contact the Centre,” Burgess said.

Source: Media release, Sep 26 Sharyn Burgess, Wyong Neighbourhood Centre