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Debenhams to support London’s homeless back into work

BY STYLE EDITOR, ON 23 JAN 2014 11:42 DEBENHAMS NEWSCOMMENTS

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(Images courtesy of The House of St Barnabas / (c) Tom Oldham Photography)

Debenhams is delighted to announce it will donate suits to homeless job seekers in an exciting new partnership with a leading London charity.

We will be collaborating with The House of St Barnabas, a not-for-profit members’ club, and its Employment Academy.

Debenhams will offer personal shopping appointments to programme participants, donating suits to each client to be worn for job interviews while they receive City & Guilds accredited hospitality training.

Ed Watson, Debenhams’ director of PR, said: “A job interview can be scary enough without worrying how you might afford the outfit to make the right impression and potentially secure you that all-important job.

“So we’re delighted to be supporting the brilliant work of The House of St Barnabas to make sure its participants look and feel ready for job interviews. Our expert personal shoppers will give interviewees one-to-one styling advice and find them the perfect interview outfit, which we’ll be letting them take home free of charge.”

The House of St Barnabas’ operates a not-for-profit members’ club from its headquarters in Soho, the first enterprise of its kind.  The club’s membership fees facilitate the work of the Employment Academy, which began its work in 2013, in providing training and work experience for those affected by homelessness.

 

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