International Women’s Day activities at Chesterford Research Park focus on empowering women to return to work

Today, in celebration of International Women’s Day, Chesterford Research Park and Isogenica co-hosted a ‘Clothing Drive’ in The Nucleus restaurant, in aid of Dress for Success.

Dress for success is an international not-for-profit organisation, which empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Much more than just providing a new outfit, Dress for Success facilitates programmes of support to build a woman’s skills and confidence to the point where she can confidently take the next steps towards returning to work.

The ‘Clothing Drive’ welcomed donations of smart, lightly used, women’s workwear, shoes and bags – all items that would be suitable for an interview or workplace. Cash donations were also welcomed and in addition to the very generous donations of workwear, the drive managed to raise a further £43 for the charity’s Pounds in the Pocket campaign.

Emma Sceats, CEO, Isogenica commented: “It’s been a real pleasure to be involved in the clothing drive and the response from the Park community today has been fantastic. Dress for Success is doing an incredible job of supporting women from more deprived backgrounds enter or return to work creating opportunities for women to achieve financial independence and shaping their own futures. It’s a charity that the team at Isogenica are very proud to champion.”

Both Isogenica and Chesterford Research Park have also pledged further support for the charity by sponsoring a dressing. This pledge will enable Dress for Success to provide professional clothing and interview coaching to prepare two women for interview and support them as they return to the world of work. Each session involves styling and coaching with each woman to ensure she leaves with the confidence needed to attend her interview.

To find out more about Dress for Success and the various ways in which individuals and organistions can contribute, please visit: www.dressforsuccess.org.