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Partnership with Bridgeworks

Bridgeworks in Melbourne works with leaders and teams to build their leadership, teamwork and change management skills. Building powerful and resilient teams enables organisations to lift their immediate and ongoing performance. Wayne Dyson (founder) is offering a half day virtual workshop to interested businesses, exploring diversity, leadership and communication within teams, at a bargain price, with the proceeds coming to Groomed to Go Inc. Normally $4000 plus materials, Wayne is offering this program for $1750, which can be paid directly to Groomed to Go as a tax deductible donation or paid via Bridgeworks as a service fee. Contact us on (03) 9770 0220 or info@groomedtogo.org.

 

AIBLE took up Bridgework’s offer

The AIBLE App team recently took advantage of our offer to spend a half day with Wayne from Bridgeworks, exploring the diversity, leadership and communication within their team. Hear from Narelle Priestley from AIBE on their experience on the day.

 

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.

 

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.