Member for Watson, Tony Burke, this week announced funding to renovate office space to house the Dress for Work program offered by Metro Assist in Campsie.

Mr Burke said the announcement would positively assist those seeking and entering employment.

“Employment has a positive impact on the lives of individuals and their families,” Mr Burke said. “If people look and feel their best as they seek employment or enter the workforce, their enthusiasm, their energy and their confidence are all boosted.”

Dress for Work’s current program manager, Tonny Birungi, said this free service helped people feel positive about entering the job market.

“Dress for Work extends beyond just clothing, it also includes Readiness Training workshops,” Mr Birungi said.

“With a dedicated space, Metro Assist can continue to dress more men in our local area and hopefully boost employment and the social cohesion that comes with it.”

Metro Assist (formerly Metro Migrant Resource Centre) provides a range of vital community services including migrant settlement, family support and early intervention, emergency relief, tenancy services and community development.

The Watson Stronger Communities Program provides grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to local not-for-profit community groups for small capital projects.

Last year the Watson Stronger Communities Consultation Committee approved 18 projects in the local area. Around $150,000 is expected to be announced in community grants throughout this year.