February kicked of our brand new donation campaign to help unemployed men referred to Success for Success make a great first impression in a job interview. 'Best Foot Forward' is the brainchild of Suited for Success. Good quality shoes, especially men’s, are in particularly short supply, and the new campaign is seeking donations of 'men's shoes only' from businesses and individuals who can help.
“First impressions are vital when it comes to a job interview. Research shows that it takes a potential employer just ‘nine seconds’ to make up their mind about an applicant." says Patricia White, Suited for Success Managing Director
"As we celebrate our first year anniversary this week, we're delighted to have provided many interview suits for over 350 unemployed people, but we’re finding quality shoes in short supply. ‘Best Foot Forward’ is a call for help to those who can spare a pair or two - they could literally change someone’s life with their donation.”
Finding our feet
LM Project Director Richard Kirkham said, “It’s an honour to help Suited for Success with this initiative. As a new business in Birmingham, we’re still finding our feet in the community, but we recognise the scale of the challenges that face those looking for a new job. We’ve asked our 140-strong workforce to donate whatever they can, and call on businesses across the city to support this very worthy campaign. An unwanted pair of shoes could be the first step along the road to a new career”.
Working together with LM to impact unemployment
Suited for Success is based in Ladywood, Birmingham. It provides free high quality interview clothes, along with styling and interview preparation skills for unemployed men and women who have a confirmed job interview. Gently worn suits and smart workwear are typically donated by professional men and women in corporate companies, law firms, banks, offices and businesses across the city.
Unemployed men and women are referred to their centre from a variety of frontline agencies supporting people experiencing significant barriers to unemployment. These include: long-term unemployed, ex-offenders, care leavers, recovering addicts, homeless people, single parents and ex-servicemen.
Since being introduced to the charity, LM is exploring further support including interview coaching, mentoring programmes, work experience, and training workshops.
HS2 construction work
LM is a joint venture of Laing O’Rourke and J Murphy & Sons Limited, two of the UK’s leading engineering and construction companies. The joint venture is delivering the enabling works to prepare the northern section of HS2’s phase one.
Do you have smart good quality men's shoes you would like to donate to our 'Best Foot Forward' shoe donation appeal? How about doing a shoe appeal in your office? Get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org