Smart Works Birmingham empowers women by giving the clothes and the confidence they need to succeed.

After visiting Smart Works, over 60% of our clients secure a job within a month, gaining financial independence and thus helping to transform their lives.

Smart Works started in London. We carefully built our understanding and expertise until we were ready to open in other locations. We are now operating in Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Reading and Leeds. It is our mission that any woman who needs our service should be able to find her way to a Smart
Works centre.

Smart Works Birmingham opened in 2016 and moved to its current city centre base in 2018. We only employ two members of staff with the service being provided by unpaid volunteers. We are very proud of the fact that in our pre pandemic year up to March 2020 we saw 612 women, a 147 % growth in the previous year. 63% of those women got the job within one month of seeing us and likely more within a longer timeframe.

We have seen great success over the last few years at Smart Works Birmingham, and we are now looking to bring on three new Trustees to ensure succession planning.

We are looking for three new Trustees.

Two positions are specifically replacements of current roles;

1. Treasurer (who must be a qualified accountant)
2. A Trustee to lead on Grant Applications.
These are to replace two Trustees who will have completed 5 years in March 2022, when they wish to step down.

3. An additional Trustee, ideally with some retail background, to add to our compact and very active current Board, taking it from six to seven.

We want people who can be passionate about Smart Works, what we do and want to help support women in their local community in a way that is tangible, focused and successful. You will bring your experience, your contacts and your energy to Smart Works Birmingham. The role will be varied and flexible and we are looking for someone who is able to give the time that is required.

This is a hands on role. It will be hard work and demanding, but it will also be great fun and a rewarding opportunity to continue and build on the work of the earlier Trustees and staff.

We do hold quarterly Board meetings, plus an annual strategy meeting, which all Trustees must attend. There will also be some work with our umbrella charity, Smart Works Charity, based in London with attendance at National conferences twice a year and the need to contribute and take part in some national events and strategy sessions.

If you are interested in applying, please email: [email protected]