12 April 2019

Northamptonshire County Council is appealing for donations of clothing as part of a new scheme to help unemployed people in the county reach their full potential.

The Changing Room scheme aims to help users of Olympus Care Service's Employment and Disability Service (EADS)to overcome the barriers they face in securing a job by offering support, coaching and a free interview clothing service.

Pop-up shops will open in Kettering, Wellingborough, Northampton, Towcester and Corby offering employment advice and the chance to pick a suitable interview outfit, free of charge. If participants get a job they can come back and select more items to start their working wardrobe.

Free interview clothing service

The scheme is being run by Olympus Care Services staff and users of the Learning, Independence, Volunteering and Employment(LIVE) service.

Donations of professional attire suitable for job interviews including suits, shoes, bags and accessories will be accepted at locations across the county:

  • Drovers Hall, London Road, Kettering
  • 6 Harrowden Road, Wellingborough
  • Abington Park Cottage, Abington Park, Northampton
  • EADS, Patrick Road Resource Centre, Corby

Clothing can also be dropped off to the county council offices at One Angel Square in Northampton on Tuesday 23 April.

Empowering people

Anna Earnshaw, director of adult social care said:



“This scheme is all about empowering people to re-join the workforce. We want the people we support to feel fantastic about themselves when they go to their interview.

A job interview can be extremely daunting and often a stressful experience and we hope this initiative will make the process that little bit easier."

Cllr Sandra Naden-Horley, county council cabinet member for adult social care said:




“Interview appropriate items are sought for both men and women and this really is the perfect opportunity for local residents to be part of someone’s success story and donate garments that could help change their life by getting them back into work.”