The Churn Project is another GEM Partner and provides support to the most vulnerable people in the Cirencester area, improving well being and isolation for local people. The Churn Project has provided several volunteering opportunities for GEM participants which has supported these GEM's with their development and skills to move forward. This has included a volunteer driver and peer mentor role to help other GEM participants enrolled through the Churn Project; along with a volunteer role in helping staff members with the Churn's Work Club as well as producing publicity materials. This has led to the individual's confidence increasing, which in turn has helped to secure a work placement position at the local town council.
Glevum Security provides security services for companies across Gloucestershire, from major corporate concerns to small family run businesses. They provided a work placement opportunity to a GEM individual to ease him back into working in the security sector after an injury resulting in serious mental fatigue. Glevum have also provided further training opportunities to this GEM individual to help develop his professional development and support him in the future with potential job opportunities. The full story can be seen on our GEM Success Stories page.
A GEM individual was given the opportunity to shadow several members of the Environment Agency engineering team, providing advice and support to hopefully help the GEM gain a job in civil engineering, particularly the water industry. The Environment Agency felt this enhanced their job satisfaction and gave their team the opportunity to reflect on their work methods and practices and look at how these could be improved.
Spider Creative provides design and creative project management, ran by an independent design specialist Sarah. Sarah offered the opportunity for a GEM individual to volunteer as a studio assistant and in return, provided 1-1 mentoring to help them develop as an artist and take into consideration a long term career plan. "I strongly believe that people are worth investing in, especially when facing challenges and I have been delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to someone who clearly has talent and ideas. The studio has benefited by being able to allocate resources to tasks and helped moved some projects forward."
Waitrose in Cheltenham have provided two mock interview sessions for GEM individuals, using their current interview process to provide a realistic interview experience but with added support and guidance when necessary. "It’s been a pleasure to be involved in this process and we will be looking to hold further practice interviews to support more people. It's even helped me, challenging myself with my interview techniques to ensure that I am clear, and my instructions are explained properly to be fully understood."
Since working with the GEM Project, Specsavers in Cheltenham have employed four GEM individuals. They are known in the store as the "fab four," with three GEM's working in the lab helping with quality control and the fourth supporting the administration team. Sarah O'Grady, Lab Manager: "I would definitely recommend the GEM Project to any organisation, it is such a good opportunity to help those who need help back into work. It has a made a huge difference to our store having these four GEM's working with us and they are all such a joy to have around."
Stroud Valleys Project is the first GEM Partner to become an Exemplar Employer. Working for the environment to change lives and transform places, Stroud Valleys Project work with people from all walks of life. They have provided numerous volunteering opportunities for individuals on the project, including administration, marketing, fundraising and handyman positions.
Stratstone Land Rover is based in Cheltenham and specialise in Land Rover vehicle sales. After working with the GEM team to support one of our GEM individuals, Stratstone Land Rover was the first organisation to become an Exemplar Employer. Stuart Curtis, Sales Manager: “Without a doubt, I would recommend the GEM Project. The entire process in arranging this placement has been extremely smooth running; there has been brilliant communication with Reg, Alex’s Navigator Developer from Gloucestershire Deaf Association, and it’s enabled us to create a solution which supports both parties. We have now employed Alex on a full time basis.”