~ Make up, hair and photography by Ben Shum.
Wear2Start can empower female clients of employment and job training agencies by helping them dress their best and make a great first impression in an interview or new job. Our volunteers will pull together a suitable wardrobe and, if required, arrange a haircut. We guarantee clients a private, safe and respectful experience.
Accessing Wear2Start services is easy, beginning with a referral from the agency.
Clients must be job ready — that is they know their target sector or employers and already have job-ready tools, such as a resume — or they must be starting a job and need a suitable wardrobe.
Registering to refer is easy. Just send us an email. If your agency is already active with Wear2Start, then complete a referral form and give a copy to your client to bring to her appointment. Please note that some computers will allow you to download and fill in the form on your desktop, but some will require you to print out the form, which can then be filled in by hand.
Agencies can pay the $40 referral fee either by pre-paid voucher or choose to be invoiced. (As a registered non-profit run by volunteers, the nominal fee helps us cover nominal operational costs such as rent, telephone, and fees such as drying cleaning and clothing repairs.)
Through the generous support of donors, such as the Sara Spencer Foundation, the referral fee may be waived in some instances. For information, contact us.
Individuals enrolled in employment or retraining programs, who would like to access Wear2Start services, should ask their agency about whether they are eligible.
Wear2Start is proud to have supported clients from a number of agencies including:
- Beacon Community Services/Job Options
- Bridges for Women Society
- Island Community Mental Health, Networks, Employment Solutions
- Community Living British Columbia
- Victoria Cool Aid Society, including Sandi Merriman House
- The Cridge Centre For The Family
- GT Hiring Solutions
- InFocus Rehab Services
- Island Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre
- Société Francophone de Victoria
- Phoenix Human Services
- Single Parent Resource Centre
- Worklink Employment Society
- WorkSafe BC