In celebration of International Women's day this year, legal business DWF is co-hosting a clothing drive with Manchester based networking group K-Club. The companies have partnered with UK women's charity Smart Works to support women from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving them the confidence to get into work or improve their career.
Smart Works provides high-quality, tailored interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to women in need. The clothing drive aims to support the initiative, with all donations being collected by the charity. DWF and K-Club, which is a private network for entrepreneurs and business leaders in the North West, are appealing to members of the public who have women's workwear that they no longer need to donate it at DWF's Spinningfields office on the 7th and 8th March.
DWF is hosting a series of events across its offices nationwide in celebration of International Women's Day this week, including several more clothing drives and a co-hosted women's networking event with Lloyds Banking Group.
DWF partner Elspeth Kinder is hosting the event in Manchester and said: "Events such as these are so important because they highlight the difficulty many women face in their careers, whether that's starting from scratch or returning after having a family. Supporting women in our community is a vital part of removing the obstacles they face getting into work and every business should be doing their utmost to tackle the issue. The legal industry has traditionally been male-dominated but there has been progress over recent years and attitudes are changing. DWF is focused on driving equality and diversity but we recognise work is still needed and that's why we will continue to support initiatives like this."
Amanda Manson, organiser for K-Club, said: "Women in business work hard, often holding together a family, a household and a career, which means we need to be strong, resilient and flexible to changes thrown at us from every angle. K-Club hosts events like these to not only highlight the issues still surrounding women and their careers but to promote and celebrate our success. The women who attend our events are all entrepreneurs and professionals and we recognise the difference confidence can make in building a career, which is the sole aim of this event."
DWF and K-Club are also hosting a women's business lunch, where 50 businesswoman have been invited to connect, engage and learn from one another. Attendees will be joined by the UK's leading mindset coach and TV personality Yvonne Williams at the event in DWF's Manchester offices on Tuesday, who will discuss how to create a healthy work-life balance.
To mark International Women's Day, the firm is asking the public to donate any women's workwear in a good condition, including handbags, shoes and accessories at DWF's reception, 2 Hardman Street, Spinningfields between 08.00 and 18.00 on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th March. All donations will be sent to Smart Works to support them with their invaluable work in the Greater Manchester community.