Dress for Success Expands Its Reach in Northern Ireland with Opening of Belfast Branch

Dress for Success has expanded its reach in Northern Ireland today with the launch of its Belfast Branch. Pictured (L-R) is Sarah Quinn, Programme Manager, Dress for Success Northern Ireland, Marie Brown, CEO of Foyle Women’s Aid, Donal Traynor CEO Community Finance Ireland and Susan Walker, Business Engagement Manager, Allstate NI

‘Dress for Success’ is the leading global non-profit employment resource for women, the initiative has expanded its reach in Northern Ireland with the opening of a second branch, which will be situated at the Glengall Exchange, in Belfast City Centre, under a new tenancy from Community Finance Ireland. Dress for Success Northern Ireland is managed by Foyle Women’s Aid and to date has supported over 200 women through its first branch which opened in 2018 in Ashleywood House, Derry/Londonderry.

The new, approachable boutique in Belfast, will act as a place for women of all ages and backgrounds to avail of a myriad of services, including styling for interview and programmes designed for every step of their professional journey.  The branch fit out has been supported by Castlecourt Shopping Centre, who donated rails, mannequins and shelving units to help style the boutique and make the client experience as positive as possible. Marks & Spencer has been a key partner from the outset by supporting the fit out of the Foyle Branch and very generously donating quality, suitable clothing.

This is the only affiliate of the global Dress for Success brand operating in the island of Ireland, there are more than 140 affiliates operating in 20+ countries across the globe and marks an important achievement in the organisation’s growth and reach in Northern Ireland.  Dress for Success empowers women into the workplace from positions of disadvantage by providing professional clothing and styling, skills and confidence, interview coaching and ongoing support once they re-join the workplace.

Marie Brown, CEO of Foyle Women’s Aid, explains:
“We are delighted to open the second branch of Dress for Success in Belfast and to host a special launch event in the Grand Central Hotel to celebrate the achievements of the women who have gone through this programme to date, to bring together our corporate partners and to mark our continued growth whilst sharing our future vision for the initiative.  We believe this opening presents a unique opportunity in Northern Ireland for us to help and support even more women through working with the global brand of Dress for Success. We also extend our thanks to our corporate partners and other key supporters, their ongoing support and sponsorship is essential to delivering these necessary services.”

John Healy, Vice President and Managing Director from Allstate NI said; “I am delighted that Dress for Success has expanded and opened a second outlet in Belfast. It is a fantastic initiative that will help women re-join the workplace and one that Allstate fully support.”

Donal Traynor, Group CEO Community Finance Ireland had this to say,
“As an equal opportunities company, as well as a registered social enterprise and charity ourselves, our team is delighted to support Dress for Success and aid their ambitions to help women going back to work.  We speak finance but hear people and our recent move to Glengall Exchange has offered our own team and clients a very welcoming and central city location.  We feel privileged to be able to host the Dress for Success Northern Ireland team, as well as its future service users at our premises, and wish them every success in this new chapter of their history”.

To find out more about Dress for Success or to refer to its services please contact Sarah Quinn, Programme Manager, 0771 963 681 or email sarah.quinn@foylewomensaid.org<mailto:sarah.quinn@foylewomensaid.org>.