~ Make up, hair and photography by Ben Shum.
There are two ways to access our services. This page is for referral agencies who have a budget and want to refer clients. The cost is $40 per client. If this applies to you, please scroll down to How to Get Started.
We also recognize that there are women in need who either don’t have a referral agency or who are at a point in their lives where they can use our help, though they are not ready for employment or are already working. We also know that some referral agencies either don’t have the budget to refer as many clients as they would like or some clients don’t qualify for support. To help these clients, we fundraise to pay for their referrals. Because of that, we have a different process for these clients or anyone who wants to refer or “nominate” such a client. You can find that nomination process here.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Wear2Start can empower female clients of employment and job training agencies by helping them dress their best to 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 serve all self-identified women and 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.) If your agency cannot afford the fee, there is another process. Find out more here.
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