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As we near the end of 2020, this year has definitely been a challenging and uncertain time. Despite this, we have continued to support our GEMs as much as possible throughout the pandemic with our #GEMonline timetable. Since April, we have delivered our dedicated online GEM programme to hundreds of people, which has been filled each week with employability and skill-based sessions, as well as activities and workshops to keep people entertained and support their mental health and wellbeing during this difficult year.  

However, this wouldn’t have been possible without the support, commitment and enthusiasm from our partners, local businesses and supporters of the GEM Project. Throughout the months, they have dedicated their own time and volunteered to deliver sessions for our GEM participants and the wider community to take part in and enjoy.

From cookery sessions to job searching support, interview skills and tips to magic workshops, career events to photography masterclasses and art workshops to confidence building sessions; we are truly grateful for all the support we have received over these last nine months and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made GEMonline possible.


A massive thank you to…

Donna Marshall, Navigator Developer at Art Shape for her Creative Stressbusters sessions and support in setting up our new Create Connections session with former GEM Nabeela

Paul Stepney, Navigator Developer at GL Communities for his Music and Song Singalong sessions

Daniel Gale, Navigator Developer at GRCC for his Using LinkedIn Effectively workshops

Matt Russell, Navigator Developer at Gloucester Rugby Foundation for his Chair Exercise classes

Sarah Carne, Navigator Developer at FVAF for her Confidence Building for Job Seekers sessions and CV Workshop

Emily Ashman, Navigator Developer at Inclusion for her Benefits of Volunteering session

Julie Wickham, Navigator Developer at Stroud Valleys Project for her Wild Classrooms session

Sue Guilding, GEM Opportunity Hunter for her Mock Interview sessions, Writing your Cover Letter sessions and new Cookery Corner sessions

Tony Solomon, GEM Opportunity Hunter for his Mock Interview sessions, Magic Workshops and How to sell yourself to interviewer sessions

Jason Dunsford, GEM Project Manager for his Job Searching Skills sessions

Di Barnett, GEM Quality Manager for her General Careers Advice sessions, What is the GEM Project sessions and Transferable Skills workshops

Lisa Sheppard, former GEM and owner of Yoganna Be for her Yoga sessions

Current GEM Andrew for his How to make a Podcast session

Ines Higgins, former GEM for her Beginners German course

Lauren Greening and the GFirst LEP Education and Skills Team for their collaboration on a fantastic Careers Event reaching over 1000 people

Gloucestershire Deaf Association for their Introduction to BSL course

Forwards Gloucestershire for their Creativity through Lego activity

GL Communities for their Benefits session and Business Planning and Cashflow Forecasting sessions

The Nelson Trust for their Body Talk for Women workshops  

Inclusion Gloucestershire for their various themed quizzes

PATA for their Stay and Play at Home sessions

Reyaz, based at Fair Shares for his Photography Skills sessions

David Davies, Your Talent Solutions for his Interview Tips workshops  

Chris Sandy’s, BBC Radio Gloucestershire for his media sessions including Voice Notes and Photography

Adam Fotheringham for his recent Decision Making and Assertiveness course

Jo White, Cooperative Futures for her Business Start-up sessions

Explore Change for their Confidence Building and Group Wellbeing based sessions

Rachel, based at Fair Shares for her Growing Plants in Edible Places session

Healthy Lifestyles for their Friday Fakeway sessions and Breadiation session

Laurence Freshwater for his Cookery Tips and various themed cookery sessions

The National Careers Service for their Careers Guidance sessions

GlosJobs for their job searching based session

Business owner Siobhan for her Online Facials workshop

Prospect Training Services for their Online Learning session

Bee Healthy Stories for their Sugar Detectives session

Access Bike for their Bike Workshop

A massive GEMonline Thank You

by Nikki Davies