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On 25th January, from 11.30am until 12.30pm, our GEM Opportunity Hunter Tony Solomon will be presenting a Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce seminar: Diversity and Inclusion - A Better Business Mix?

This event will develop the business case for embracing disability and helping your business to thrvie. It will look at some of the following questions:

  • Our customers are diverse, yet is that diversity reflected in our workplace?
  • How do we break down the stigma that surrounds disability and create more open working environments? 
  • Are our recruitment practices excluding the best people for the job? 
  • Is Corporate Social Responsibility just an external focus?
  • What financial support is available from the government?

This event will be held at the Cheltenham Chamber's Business Centre, 2 Trafalgar Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1UH.

For more information about the event and to register your interest, please click here.

You're invited to a Diversity and Inclusion Seminar hosted by our GEM Opportunity Hunter

by Nikki Davies

The start of a New Year is often the time for people to set New Year resolution's, new goals and new challenges. If you've been looking to get into work, why not make 2018 the year to start your journey towards or into employment with the help of the GEM Project. 

The GEM Project is committed to help you move closer towards education, training, volunteering or work opportunities, focusing on what you want to achieve. The programme helps you set realistic and achievable goals with the support of our Navigator Developers. They will work alongside you, providing personalised 1 to 1 support through your own tailored plan, helping you to overcome any barriers you may have and reach your goal. 

You will have access to a wide range of options from confidence building and interview support, to opportunities in gaining qualifications and work training. 

Your Navigator Developer will work with you at your pace, structuring your plan to suit any needs and requirements you may have to ensure you have the best support along your journey. 

The GEM Project has already engaged with over 600 individuals across Gloucestershire, supporting them with their goal, so why not get a head start and begin your journey today. 

Make 2018 your year with the GEM Project. 

The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. 

Make 2018 your year with the GEM Project

by Nikki Davies

A number of GEM individuals have come together to create a GEM Participants' Council; with the aim to ensure that those signed up to the project have their voices heard. 

After several cluster group meetings across the county, the GEM individuals have now formed a county wide Participants' Council and have already held two meetings. 

They will be discussing issues that are important to the Council, including any gaps in the provision for GEM and suggestions for improvements. They will then put forward recommendations to the GEM Executive Team. To date the Council members have already suggested several changes and these ideas have been put in motion. 

Who better to help shape the GEM Project than those people who are signed up to the programme. 


GEM individuals join together to create a GEM Participants' Council

by Nikki Davies

With the help of two GEM partners, Artshape and The Churn Project, an art exhibition was organised at the New Brewery Arts Centre in Cirencester to provide the opportunity for local GEM artists to showcase their work to the general public. 

by Nikki Davies

A number of GEM’s recently took part in a Kitchen Challenge project, alongside one of our partners The Wiggly Worm. Over an 8-week period, these individuals went on an exciting food journey, learning about healthy eating, food safety and most importantly, developing their practical skills and confidence to pursue their employment ambitions within the catering industry.

To celebrate their progress and showcase their skills learnt over the course of the 8 weeks, the project finished with the budding chefs running their own restaurant service to specially invited guests, where they created their own menu and prepared, cooked and served all the food as a team.

Guests from a number of food related organisations including Gloucester Services, Bowden Hall, Kitchen Garden Foods and Brickhampton Golf Club, as well as Two Rivers Housing and Swindon Borough Council were invited to the celebration meal.

The menu consisted of crushed pea and pecorino toasts firework soup, a choice of either coq au vin or stuffed peppers and toffee apples for dessert. The meal finished with coffee or tea served with homemade orange and almond shortbread and chocolate truffles.

The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all and opportunities for the GEMs have already started to progress. A massive well done to all the GEM participants involved.

Budding GEM chefs get a taste in the kitchen

by Nikki Davies

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