The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project

The GEM Project is an employability and social inclusion programme, helping people in Gloucestershire to overcome challenges to employment and move them closer towards or into work.

It is a unique partnership of nearly 50 community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of the lead organisation Gloucestershire County Council and is jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund.

Individuals signed up to the GEM Project receive personalised one to one support from a Navigator Developer to help them achieve their career based goal, developing life skills, building confidence and self-esteem, whilst overcoming any barriers which prevented them from finding work previously.

The GEM Project has been operating since September 2016 and was initially due to end in December 2019. However, over the last three years, the project has continued to go from strength to strength, being recognised as an exemplar programme and has been awarded additional funding to run until the end of 2022.

For more information about the GEM Project visit

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.  Anna focuses on support in the North Cotswolds, whilst Laura 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 Anna Creed on for support in the North Cotswolds or Laura Isher on for support in the Tewkesbury area.