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Styled for Success founder Louise Youens is flanked by Outreach workers Barbara Anderson, left, and Tina Hudson.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d452303
Styled for Success founder Louise Youens is flanked by Outreach workers Barbara Anderson, left, and Tina Hudson. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d452303

IN a bid to empower disadvantaged people in Perth, one businesswoman is changing the game to provide men and women with work wardrobes.

Mt Lawley Rotary Club member Louise Youens has teamed up with St Vincent De Paul to collect and distribute clothes to people in need.

After sourcing donations for the past year, Ms Youens is launching Styled for Success this month to provide people with clothes for formal appearances such as job interviews, court dates or as part of their work wardrobe.

“Our aim is to provide people in need with clothing they can wear to a job interview and to work,” Ms Youens said.

“It gives them a feeling of purpose and belonging; an essential boost when seeking employment.”

The initiative involves distributing clothing and accessories to people linked with service providers.

Barbara Anderson and Tina Hudson (outreach workers for the Salvation Army’s Graceville Centre) work to help women who have experienced homelessness, crisis or escaped situations of domestic violence.

“Many of the women have limited self-esteem and sense of self-worth, so having a lovely outfit boosts them up and they can present themselves well to the world,” Ms Hudson said.

“It’s helping someone move on.

“We get a lot of phone calls offering donations because people don’t want to just give something to an op shop, they want to know where it’s going and in this case it’s going to people who have been disadvantaged.”

Ms Youens said there had been overwhelming support for the cause.

“I believe the success of the program to date is because we are asking people for something specific,” she said.

“A donation of clothing is what many people already have in the back of their wardrobe.”

Ms Youens said she hoped to initiate workplace collection boxes to keep a steady inflow of clothing.

As part of the launch, St Vincent De Paul staff members will model outfits donated on a sold-out afternoon “catwalk cruise” from Barrack Street Jetty this Friday.

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