Chelsea Women team up with charity to tackle female unemployment

Chelsea Women have teamed up with a female employment charity ahead of their Women’s Super League clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

SmartWorks is a charity that helps unemployed women in their search to find work and counts the Duchess of Sussex as its patron.

The organisation aims to use the power of high-quality clothing and one-to-one coaching to help unemployed women fulfil their potential, get the job, and transform their lives.

Their mission to ensure that any woman who needs their help can access their centres, has seen them support over 32,000 women and open 11 centres across the United Kingdom since its inception in 2013.

The charity, which has a 69% success rate in helping women into employment within one month of attending their centre, fields referrals from a wide range of organisations such as job centres, domestic abuse services and care-leaver services.

Smartworks’ impact was acknowledged in 2017 as it was awarded the Social Action Charity of the Year.

In April 2022, the charity launched its new three-year plan which aims to double the number of women helped annually and open new centres in Bristol and Liverpool.

The partnership will see SmartWorks hold a collection drive outside Stamford Bridge before Chelsea face their WSL rivals in a clash which is expected to draw a crowd in excess of 20,000.

The special clothing bank seeks to collect pre-loved workwear to allow them to continue to help women in need find employment.

Match-going fans are encouraged to bring donations to the SW6 Lounge from 10am on Sunday.

Featured Image: SmartWorks Press Department

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