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 National Lottery Community 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
  • Unemployment
  • Housing issues and lack of stability
  • Older age
  • Cultural/language barriers
  • Parents returning to work after having children
  • Lack of IT skills

GRCC employs two of the 28 Navigator Developers for the GEM Project.  Daniel focuses largely on supporting older people (aged 50+) and people returning to work after their children have started school, whilst Sophie works in the Tewkesbury area.  Their roles are to help steer and signpost individuals signed up to the project throughout their journey to help them reach their goals.  The GEM Project provides one-to-one support to build the stability, confidence, motivation and readiness to learn or participants, as they identify the steps and time lines they need to get them to where they want to be.  

Contact Us
For help in accessing support for finding work/training email Sophie or Daniel, or call 01452 528491.