Thank You EOS
During these challenging times, EOS Footwear wanted to help make a difference for Australian women. So they partnered with Dress for Success South East Melbourne/Groomed to Go to provide brand new shoes to help women re-enter the workforce and gain independence. Every pair sold by EOS was matched and donated to Dress for Success South East Melbourne/Groomed to Go. Customers bought 84 full-priced pairs for the cause and 84 pairs is what EOS Footwear donated.
From everyone at Groomed To Go, and each of the 84 women who will get to put their best foot forward over the coming weeks, thank you.
Employment Readiness Program
Our partnership with the Chisholm Jobs and Skills Centre received a boost on Friday 21 February with the Grand Opening of Groomed to Go services in combination with the Employment Readiness Scale Project. We provide professional outfits and a styling service for job interviewees, and the Employment Readiness Project provides a careers counselling service that helps to overcome specific barriers to gaining a job or further training.
Thank you to Gabrielle Williams, MP for Dandenong, Mayor Jim Memeti, Sandra George, Manager of the City of Greater Dandenong’s South East Business Network, and Noel Lyon, Chief Commercial Officer for Chisholm Institute, for launching this service to men and women seeking employment in the Dandenong community.
Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward is a program where Groomed to Go has partnered with Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law’s Student Experience team, to help students prepare for that all important job interview. Groomed to Go provides styling advice and gives students free suitable clothing, shoes and accessories, while Deakin Talent run a workshop on interview skills. Watch the video to see and hear what students have to say about the success of the program.
Christmas lunch 2019
Thank you to all who attended the Groomed to Go Christmas Lunch at the Frankston RSL on Friday 6 December. It was a great way to close our year and was well attended by volunteers and VIPs, including our State member for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke, the Frankston Mayor, Sandra Mayer, and our Be Who You Are Ambassador, Sandra Pankhurst. Our Federal member, Peta Murphy was represented by Majella Frick, the Frankston Football Club by new CEO, Adrian Lloyd and Frankston RSL by the General Manager, Rob Morrison. We were also joined by representatives of some of our fantastic partners: PwC, Hewlett Packard, Spair Pair, Deakin University and Chisholm Institute.
These organisations have supported us through in-kind donation of their skills, products and time in 2019 and we are incredibly grateful for their involvement. We look forward to continuing to build on these partnerships in 2020 and beyond.
Above: Karin Hann, Majella Frick, Marian Gandy and Paul Edbrooke
Saving the day
Groomed to Go want to thank one of our great supporters, Hewlett-Packard, for donating 3 brand new HP laptops. Our General Manager and Operations Manager, who were struggled along with our older laptops, are elated. HP also donated a colour A3 printer earlier in the year (with a regular supply of cartridges), a bar coding machine, plus staff have given up their time to mentor some of our clients.
New partnership with Chisholm
Groomed to Go is excited to announce a new partnership with Chisholm Skills and Jobs Centre. We have opened a Styling and Dressing Services for men and women at 311 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. We offer free dressing and haircut services for students and jobseekers who do not have access to professional attire for interviews, placements, work or court appearances.
The service is open every Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Call 9770 0220 for more details, or to book your complimentary session via this link.
Strategic Planning Day with PwC
Huge thanks to Christian, Xanthe and Jane at PwC Australia for kick-starting our 2020 and beyond strategic planning journey! A great day with tangible outcomes and a bright future ahead. Thank you all so much for your efforts and promises of continuous support!
Partnership with Spair Pair
Spair Pair is a social enterprise founded by Beau and Josh – two best mates from Melbourne who saw an opportunity to empower ordinary people to do the extraordinary. From today, they will be assisting us in helping the men of South East Melbourne on their journey to employment. By ensuring our clients look and feel fantastic in a pair of socks from their high quality, ethical and sustainable (not to mention stylish) range of undergarments, Spair Pair helps us to rebuild the vital confidence and positivity needed to return to the workplace.
Thank you so much Spair Pair! Check out the amazing work they do on their website.
Grand Opening at 25–27 Ross Smith Avenue
We recently held our Grand Opening of Groomed to Go the same night as our annual AGM. It was great to see the turnout, with 74 acceptances and over 60 plus attendees! MP Chris Crewther, Member for Dunkley, who has been a great supporter over the years, was pleased to attend and to officially declare our fabulous new premises open! In attendance were many past members, volunteers and supporters, including Simon Linardi, the esteemed Melbourne architect who generously gave his time and energy to design the layout of 25 Ross Smith Avenue, and provide our beautiful mural outside.
Many thanks to all our volunteers who made the night such a success!
Prue Leggoe: Order of Australia Medal
We were delighted to be celebrating the founder of Groomed to Go and Dress for Success South East Melbourne, Prue Leggoe, who took home an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on the 26th January, 2019, for her tireless service in community job readiness initiatives, as well as her work in the advancement of women’s rights, support and empowerment.
Prue founded Dress for Success Brisbane in 2007 and was President until 2011, when she moved back to Melbourne. On returning to the Mornington Peninsula, she joined the local affiliate as their President for 4 years. During her career, Prue practiced in various areas of Law, including her own practice, all while raising 3 children. She became politically engaged, and from 1981–88, was the State member for Kew in Victoria. She is a feminist and her community efforts have primarily involved welfare and education. She has served on Boards as diverse as the Children’s Protection Society, the Consumer Affairs Council, TAFE and University Councils.