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After the great success of our recent 'Helping you to become job ready week' in September, we decided to introduce all of these employability based sessions into our monthly GEMonline timetable to ensure we are fully supporting you with your GEM journey.  

From job searching tips to transferable skills, and careers advice to confidence building for job seekers, all of our sessions are designed to help you move closer towards or into work. 

What's more we've introduced a new skills based workshop which is kindly being delivered by one of our former GEMs Andrew; How to make a podcast. These sessions are being held over the next four weeks and cover some of the key themes to consider when making a podcast, including the art of listening and asking the right questions; important skills that can also be transferred into other areas of your employability journey. 

Wellbeing is also high on our agenda, particularly as we head into the darker months and with World Mental Health Day on 10th October. Therefore, our brilliant Magic Workshop will once again be hosted by Tony as well as our Wednesday morning Yoga sessions with former GEM Lisa. 

We also have the opportunity to hold another Group wellbeing workshop exclusively for GEM participants so please get in touch with your Navigator Developer if you would be interested in this free course. 

Click here for our #GEMonline timetable covering 5th October to 30th October

by Nikki Davies

With the summer over and children heading back to school, September is a great month to start focusing on your career aspirations.

Week commencing 7th September sees an exclusive 'Helping you to become job ready week', filled with our brilliant employability sessions including, Mock interviews, Job searching tips, CV tips, Confidence building for jobseekers and our Interview skills workshop kindly delivered by our brilliant partner Laenus. We've also got a couple of new additions including a How to 'sell' yourself workshop, General careers advice and a session on Transferable skills hosted by our GEM Management team colleagues Diane and Tony.  

Also, back by popular demand is our Using LinkedIn effectively session delivered by our Navigator Developer Daniel, as well as another highly requested workshop which we have introduced to our timetable this month; our Benefits of volunteering session which will be hosted by our Navigator Developer Emily from Inclusion Gloucestershire. 

Our usual wellbeing sessions continue to feature on our timetable as we still look to support your mental health and wellbeing alongside your employment journey. We also have a new Group wellbeing workshop launching on 4th September exclusively for GEM participants. Please get in touch with your Navigator Developer if you would be interested in this or any future courses that we hold. 


Click here for our #GEMonline timetable covering 7th September until 2nd October.

by Nikki Davies

We're pleased to announce that our new #GEMonline timetable for August has been published. 

Next month sees the return of some of our popular employability sessions including Job Searching Tips, Mock Interviews and Presentation Skills, as well as our Interview Skills workshop kindly hosted by our brilliant partner Laenus and a new CV tips workshop delivered by our Navigator Developer Sarah. 

We're also excited to build on our wellbeing activities offered including the launch of a new Chair Yoga session, designed for those who may have mobility issues or would prefer a gentle form of yoga, and a Magic Workshop delivered by our Opportunity Hunter Tony.

Confidence building is also proven to be a popular subject so we have also introduced a new Confidence building for job seekers session to our timetable to help people focus on their positives to support the next step in their journey. 

What's more, we also have a Business Planning and Cashflow Forecasting workshop for people who are considering self-employment, as well as our popular general GEM Project introduction sessions. 

Click here for our #GEMonline timetable covering 27th July until 4th September.

by Nikki Davies

Join us at 4pm on Friday 10th July for the second in the Fakeaway Fridays series hosted by Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire. We will be making Chicken Katsu Curry, a famous favourite from Japan designed with a European influence. Although traditionally a meat dish, there are a few simple swaps to make a vegetarian version that is just as delicious, and help you get those all important 5-a-day.


This makes four servings, so feel free to reduce quantities as needed.

50g plain white flour

75g Panko Breadcrumbs (Asda stocks this!)

2 large Eggs, lightly beaten

4 medium Chicken breast, skinless, raw / Veggie: any mix of - Aubergine, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato cut into ½ cm slices

Calorie controlled cooking spray

70g rocket

100g ginger Yutaka Sushi Ginger

1 medium Onion

Root Ginger, 1 inch slice(s), peeled and grated

1 large Garlic, crushed

9g medium Curry Powder

1 tbsp plain white flour

1 Chicken stock cube(s) (for 400ml stock) / Veggie: vegetable stock

½ tbsp Soy Sauce

2 tsp clear Honey

Baking paper will be handy too!

** Simply click here to register for the Friday Fakeaway session. **

This is a recipe from one of Healthy LIfestyles Gloucestershire partners at WW (weight watchers), for a sneak peak, take a look here:

If anyone is keen to join Weight Watchers, Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire can refer you for FREE if you live in Gloucestershire and have a BMI of 27.5+

by Nikki Davies

We are really excited to announce our newly refreshed #GEMonline timetable, filled with various core activities from 15th June until 24th July!

As always, our biggest priority is to help you with your employability journey, learn new skills and support your mental health and wellbeing so we have continued to ensure that these key areas are covered throughout the week. What's more to help make things a little simpler and for you to easily plan which activities you would like to take part in, we have introduced themed days:

Monday: #skills
Tuesday: #information
Wednesday: #wellbeing
Thursday: #employability
Friday: #skills & #wellbeing

Many of our previous wellbeing activities are returning including our popular Yoga session, Music and Song Singalong and Creative Stressbusters, as well as a few familiar sessions being held, including our Rainbow Quiz and Photography tips. 

On top of this, we have some new wellbeing sessions to launch; Online Facials, providing the perfect chance to take some time for a little self care, and Growing Edible plants, learning creative ways to use small spaces and items to grow seeds. 

We're also delighted to welcome some new regular sessions thanks to professional chef Laurence who recently held a cookery top tips tutorial. Every Monday from 22nd June he will be hosting a cookery session to help develop your catering skills whilst learning new ways to cook on a budget and prepare delicious restaurant style dishes

Plus, from Friday 3rd July, we will be welcoming Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire once again as they launch their Friday Fakeaway class, another cook-a-long session focused on popular takeaway dishes. 

Our employability sessions have always proved popular so we're really grateful to once again be supported by several of our partners including Laenus with their Interview Skills session, The National Careers Service CV Writing class and GRCC with using LinkedIn effectively, as well as various other activities to help you move closer to finding work. 

We've also introduced some new information based sessions including an overview of the GEM Project, support for starting your own business and a budgeting and benefits tutorial (dates to be confirmed). 

If you're thinking of joining us with some of these activities but are still a little unsure on using online facilities, we are also holding a Building Confidence to Engage Online session on 22nd June which will be streamed live on our Facebook page. 

Finally, we will be adding additional activities to the timetable over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled for new sessions coming to #GEMonline.

Click here for our #GEMonline timetable covering 15th June until 24th July.

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy our refreshed #GEMonline programme.

#GEMonline timetable: 15th June - 24th July

As always, remember #GEMonline is open to everyone – it’s free and easy to join so please keep spreading the word. 

by Nikki Davies

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