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$30,000 grant to deliver holistic employment services to women in need

Job-readiness support organisation, Fitted for Work, has been awarded a grant of $30,000 from the William Buckland Foundation. 

The not-for-profit group empowers women and non-binary people experiencing disadvantage, with the practical skills, self-esteem and know-how to help them move forward in the workplace.

“Over two thirds of Australian women are over-represented in casual and part-time roles and are almost twice as likely to be underemployed, making them vulnerable to financial insecurity and unemployment during times of adversity,” said Donna De Zwart, Managing Director of Fitted for Work.

“We’re grateful for this much-needed grant from the William Buckland Foundation, which will deliver 12 months of tailored and holistic services, supporting women to upskill, build confidence and resilience, and prepare to re-enter employment as the economy turns.”

Services in the Fitted for Work project are tailored to meet individual needs and can be accessed in a variety of methods including online, via a dedicated service app, self-paced individual and group training webinars, face to face appointments and phone.

The William Buckland Foundation is one of Victoria’s largest philanthropic trusts. Since its establishment in 1964, it has distributed more that $129 million in grants which focus on supporting better housing, health, education and employment outcomes.

“The global pandemic has further affected women’s economic security and we recognise that not-for-profit organisations like Fitted for Work are operating in financially challenging times. We are delighted to support this very capable and important organisation in its work to improve job prospects for women and non-binary community members in need,” said Dr Jane Gilmour OAM, Chair of the William Buckland Foundation. 

Equity Trustees is a co-trustee of the William Buckland Foundation, and leading source of philanthropic grants in Australia as manager and trustee of more than 600 charitable trusts.

“Right now, as people return to CBD offices in our major cities, it’s important that those who are experiencing disadvantage have the opportunity and support to start again and create their future,” said Carol Schwartz AO, Chair of Equity Trustees. “Fitted for Work is an incredible organisation doing essential work to support many who have been worst impacted by the pandemic.”

The theme of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2022 is #BreakTheBias towards a world free of bias, stereotypes; that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive; and where women’s equality is universal.

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Alicia Kokocinski
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Equity Trustees was established in 1888 for the purpose of providing independent and impartial Trustee and Executor services to help families throughout Australia protect their wealth. As Australia’s leading specialist trustee company, we offer a diverse range of services to individuals, families and corporate clients including asset management, estate planning, philanthropic services, superannuation trusteeship and Responsible Entity (RE) services for external Fund Managers. Equity Trustees is the brand name of EQT Holdings Limited (ABN 22 607 797 615) and its subsidiary companies, publicly listed company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: EQT) with offices in Melbourne, Bendigo, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Dublin and London.