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The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project
The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.
This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations including GRCC, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.
The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
Some of the barriers to work that people face are:
- Disability/physical or mental health issues
- Not being economically active for a long period of time
- Housing issues and lack of stability
- Older age
- Cultural/language barriers
- Parents returning to work after having children
- Lack of IT skills
Amanda Wragg is one of 28 Navigator Developers for the GEM Project. Based at GRCC, she focuses largely on supporting older people (aged 50+) and people returning to work after their children have started school. Her role is to help steer and signpost individuals signed up the project throughout their journey to help them reach their goals. Amanda provides one to one support to build their stability, confidence, motivation and readiness to learn, as they identify the steps and time lines they need to get them to where they want to be.
For help in accessing support for finding work/training contact Amanda on 01452 528491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GEM initiative is enabling people who may feel out of touch with the world of employment to access support to find work.
For more information, please visit glosgem.org.
Students on business training with Adult Education, Gloucester
Amanda in discussion with Sandra, one of the GEM participants