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BCR Communities Supports Dress for Success

Dress for Success Sydney, the not-for-profit organisation that has been empowering women and transforming lives across New South Wales, is now offering free styling sessions in the Shoalhaven at the BCR Community Space.

The Illawarra branch of Dress for Success Sydney is providing free clothing, accessories and styling and presentation advice to women who have been experiencing hardship and are wanting to enter or return to the workforce.

One of the first women to be styled in the Shoalhaven was 37-year-old mother of two, Angela Benson. Arriving in her usual comfortable attire of jeans and sweatshirt, Angela left her session with two stylish outfits, a bag of accessories and a renewed sense of confidence.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was such a great experience, I loved it,” Angela said.

“I’ve never really had clothes like this before, they are not something I would have bought for myself but now if I need to go for a job interview I will have something nice to wear.”

“Because the clothes look good and I feel good in them, I feel more confident.”

The driving force behind the Shoalhaven operation is Diane Lamb who has been collecting donations of quality corporate clothes for the last 18 months. The BCR Communities team has supported the initiative by providing the premises free of charge and sourcing donations of shoes, makeup and other accessories.

“As soon as I heard about Dress for Success, I knew I wanted to be involved,” Diane said.

“So many women go through hard times in their lives and they need to be lifted up and encouraged. Mothers especially will be so busy making sure their families have everything they need that they don’t think about themselves.”

“It’s really special to see the change that comes over a woman when she sees herself dressed in lovely clothes, she will stand taller and you can immediately feel the change in her confidence.”

Diane and volunteer stylist Rebecca Lazenby run sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday from the BCR Community Space in the Sanctuary Point Youth & Community Centre

Two female Dress for Success volunteers pose with client wearing business attire
Dress for Success volunteers Rebecca Lazenby and Diane Lamb with client Angela Benson (centre)

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