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This is Lorraine's story

"For the past 12 years I have been taking care of my family who have complex health conditions. It's not easy caring for someone, especially when you are caring for adults. It's exhausting. I lost myself in it. Which is why when I first came to Smart Works it was so amazing because they saw me. They saw me as a person rather than a carer, and that's a huge thing. The team was so friendly and welcoming. They picked out the perfect outfit for me which was bright and fun, and I am eternally grateful. They really calmed me down and helped me practise answering questions so that when I went to the interview the next day, I felt prepared for anything. It's hard to feel nervous when you are wearing a bright pink leopard print! It is still a struggle, trying to juggle my caring commitments with this new role. But I am more confident and feel capable because I have met these wonderful people. I feel seen."

Join the challenge

23rd February - 8th March

For many women, getting a job is a lifeline. It is a chance to escape poverty, gain financial stability and restore confidence. In the wake of the cost-of-living crisis, the need for our service has never been more pronounced. 

Cycle for Smart Works is your opportunity to help empower women for job success. This year, it’s time to take it up a gear, put the wheels in motion and join us on our mission. 

This International Women’s Day, challenge yourself, your friends and family or your workplace to set their own cycling target and fundraise as much as they can. Every mile and every pound matters. The challenge begins on the 23rd of February and finishes on the 8th of March (International Women's Day).

By fundraising for Smart Works, you will make a real difference to our work and the lives of the women we serve. Together, we will be there for the women who need us most.

Sign up as an individual, as part of a team, or join your workplace’s team

Set your cycling target

Reach your individual fundraising target

How we support you

A Welcome Pack with fundraising advice and a guide to completing the challenge

An exclusive Cycle for Smart Works t-shirt for the first 20 teams with 10 team members, and the first 50 individuals to reach £100!

Company specific fundraising and distance leaderboards to track your colleagues (for corporate organisations)

A sponsorship page for you and your team to fundraise for your chosen Smart Works centre

The chance to win wheelie good prizes


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