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The GEM Project continues to prove just how special this programme truly is, by holding a recent event that was organised by individuals signed up to the programme.

From live music to carpentry skills, our GEM Participants’ Council delivered a fantastic Summer Gathering for our former and current GEM participants, Navigator Developers and other members of the GEM partnership to experience; coming together to reflect on the success of GEM and showcase the achievements of our amazing participants on the project.

On offer throughout the day was the opportunity for people to participate in a variety of activities including yoga, origami, wooden bird box making, art activities, haircuts, and penalty shoot outs; which were provided by previous GEMs who had gone on to set up their own business or through partner organisations.

Several GEM participants also came along to promote their new business ventures which had been made possible thanks to the GEM Project, as well as Syrian food served up at lunchtime by a former GEM who found employment at a local restaurant in Gloucester.

There was also an array of entertainment for visitors to enjoy, including live music from two of our current GEMs as well as several of our Navigator Developers taking to the stage to sing. This followed on from several GEM video clips of individuals sharing their personal journeys, as well as a heartfelt speech from Participant Council member John.

The Participants’ Council is formed of both current and former GEM participants, who help guide and shape the project. They are the voice of the GEM participants, influencing core decisions which are fed back to the Management team and implemented to ensure that the project continues to focus on the needs of those engaged with the programme.  

This event provided the opportunity for Council members to enhance their skill set in event planning and organisation, whilst providing a brilliant social gathering for individuals signed up to the project to enjoy – a double accomplishment as a result of the uniqueness of the GEM Project.






GEM Summer Gathering: An event organised for GEMs by GEMs

by Nikki Davies


Are you struggling to find work? Are you unable to get through traditional recruitment processes? Are you being invited to interviews but not being offered the role?

Designed to be different, our new and exciting inclusive jobs fair is open to anyone looking for a work based opportunity but may be finding it difficult to currently find work. 

Come and join us on Wednesday 11th May from 10am until 3pm at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester where you will have the opportunity to meet with a wide range of local inclusive employers offering various work opportunities, including full and part time positions, apprenticeships, trainee roles, work trials and placements. 

We are delighted to welcome the following employers to our event, with the list continually growing over the next few weeks:

McDonalds Franchise       Stroud District Council       G4S


Pro Cook         Commerical


Pro Global   Ubico   Gloucester Services


Hunt 4      The Orders of St Johns Care Trust      


Gloucestershire County Council   Hartpury College   Start and Grow Enterprise


      Bromford Housing


CCP - Caring for Communities and People    Gloucestershire Constabulary    Morrisons


Royal Agricultural University   Freemans Event Partners   Proud to Care Gloucestershire


GL Communities       NHS Gloucestershire Health and Care Foundation Trust   


Our onsite mentor team will also be on hand throughout the day to guide you around the jobs fair and help make those important introductions to employers should you need it. We will be able to help job match you to suitable organisations and roles and ensure you're able to access all the facilities available on the day. 

What's more there will be a number of workshops being held during the day, ran by Adult Education, GRCC and the National Careers Service, including Customer Service skills, Interview Tips, CV Writing, Confidence Building and LinkedIn support. Full workshop details will be available soon. 

There will also be the opportunity to submit job applications, enhance CVs and receive general careers advice in our dedicated career support space, thanks to the Gloucestershire Employment and Skills Hub team, as well as have a professional headshot photograph taken for your own use.

To ensure we provide you with the best possible experience, please prebook an arrival timeslot to our Jobs Fair, either by calling 01452 699741 or emailing 

Timeslots are available every hour between 10am and 2pm. Please be aware that from 10am until 11am has been designated as a quiet hour. 




by Nikki Davies

We are delighted to announce after the success of our first four Inclusivity Works Lunch and Learn webinars last November, we have just launched series 2!

We had some great feedback so we really hope you found them informative and useful, if you missed any or would like to watch again or share with colleagues, you can find the recordings along with top tips sheets for each session here: Lunch and Learn | Inclusivity Works

Registration is now open for our second series of Lunch and Learn, which will run at the same time on Tuesdays throughout February.  Register today to secure your place and remember you only have to register once to access all four sessions – see all the topics below.

Click here to register -

Lunch and Learn Series 2

by Harry Cowley

Yesterday over 70 people tuned in to the second Inclusivity Works ‘lunch and learn’ webinar, learning all about neurodiversity in the workplace. As well as exploring the many types of neurodiversity, those who tuned in were also given advice and guidance to maximise potential in both the recruitment process and at work, and given useful pointers on the support and funding available. The lunch and learn webinars are presented in conjunction with experts in their field, this week enlisting the help of Genius Within who offer support to both individuals and employers on this topic.

One attendee commented: “It was really helpful to understand what neurodiversity means how it affects people, what as an employer we can do and how to tap into those hidden skills/attributes.”

The first lunch and learn which took place on Tuesday 16th November explored ‘Deafness in the workplace’ through an interview with Reg Cobb from the Gloucestershire Deaf Association and his interpreter. An attendee fed back after that session: “I enjoyed hearing about how to give opportunities and to understand the strengths that a deaf person in the workplace brings. It helped me to understand what opportunities we can give in the workplace namely a creative role and how we can empower employees.”

Another commented on the format: “I really liked the format with no cameras and videos, so no pressure. Love the lunch time slot. It was nice that it was live information with the option to ask questions.”

Following the webinars, attendees are also sent a summary tips sheet from Inclusivity Works and recordings of the sessions will be available once the current series concludes. If you haven’t already you can still register for the last two webinars, which take place on Tuesday lunchtimes, and will explore ‘Recruiting refugees and foreign workers’ on 30th November and ‘Diversity in the workplace’ on 6th December.  You can register here once to attend both sessions:

Inclusivity Works Lunch and Learn recap

by Harry Cowley

As part of our commitment to share our collective experiences and expertise with a wider range of employers, this November we are delighted to launch our first series of Inclusivity Works Lunch and Learn sessions.

These are a series of free, online lunchtime Zoom webinars aimed at employers, managers, recruiters, HR professionals but also open to anyone with an interest in the subject. The 45-minute webinars, presented by experts in their fields, will offer employers practical advice and guidance whilst you enjoy your lunch. No cameras or expectations, people are free to come along to just one or all of the sessions that are useful and of interest to them.

You only need to register once using this link:

See below for all of the details.  We hope you’ll join us and share with your colleagues and contacts too.


by Harry Cowley

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