Meet our Dress for Work volunteer: Sanaa

Let’s get to know Sanaa – an amazing Mother, expert Stylist, delicious Almond cookie baker and Dress for Work volunteer!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Sanaa, I’m from Syria and I have three children who are 8 years old, 6 years old and 3 and half years old. I really enjoy my full time role as a mother and looking after my children. In between looking after the kids, I volunteer once a week for Dress for Work to gain some work experience and also practice my English skills.

Aside from making delicious cookies for the office, what do you do at Dress for Work?

I help with organising the showroom, assisting clients with their fittings (which is my favourite part of the role), data entry and also liaising with members of public in relation to donations.

What do you enjoy most about working at Dress for Work?

I like Dress for Work and Metro Assist because the staff all feel like family, they are so welcoming and wonderful to work with. I also enjoy seeing the smiles from clients especially the young boys – they remind me of my own children and how we are all really connected, regardless of our backgrounds.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I take the kids to their swimming, music and dance lessons – it’s a full schedule!

Thank you Sanaa!

Meet our Dress for Work Volunteer: Julia

Let’s get to know Julia – a Speech Pathology Student, life-long Bankstown Resident, an organising and sorting extraordinaire and Dress for Work volunteer!

What do you do at Dress for Work?

It usually depends on what happens during the day. For example, if there is a group fitting, I will assist with measuring the group of clients and help each client with selecting a full outfit including shirts, jackets, ties and shoes.

When there are no clients, I use the down period to maintain the showroom – whether it be sorting the ties, clearing up items back to their spot etc.

What do you do when you are not at Dress for Work?

I’m a student at university and during my downtime I like to spend time reading, drawing, playing games, thrifting, spending time with my little sister and hanging out with friends.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering for Dress for Work?

I really enjoy the variety of tasks I get to engage in each day – I love the atmosphere here. Of course, it also feels good to give back and be part of the local community.

Julia with a Dress for Work group of students

Speech pathology is an interesting field of study. Could you tell us what made you want to choose to study speech pathology?

I think speech pathology isn’t a degree that usually comes to mind, but I’ve found out it’s a lot broader than what many people think of when it comes to ‘speech’. Not only is there a mix of both language and science subjects, you get specialised placements in hospitals, schools, aged care etc. during the course to prepare for treating a variety of language, speech, voice and swallowing disorders. It’s surprisingly hands-on, which I like.

What are you most proud of since you have started volunteering?

Getting out there and learning new skills, experiencing how a project like Dress for Work runs day-to-day and being able to meet and help a range of clients with their needs.

Thanks Julia!