Going The Extra Mile (GEM)

GEM Green Impact March 2022 Newsletter

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About the GEM Project 

GOING THE EXTRA MILE – helping you to work out what happens next now that the little ones you’ve been caring for are at nursery or starting primary school.

PATA is a partner of the Gloucestershire GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Project and as part of the project recruited a Navigator Developer, Mary Jennings.  Her role is to help project participants move closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

Mary understands that everyone is unique, with different needs and requirements, impacting on their steps into, or return to, the world of employment, education or training. This is especially true for people with childcare responsibilities or people who have had time away from work to care for children.  Mary will provide dedicated and personalised help, guidance and support for every person through their own tailored action plan completely led by their needs.

Anyone joining the project will have access to a wide range of options, from confidence building and advice with job searching, to opportunities in gaining qualifications, accessing training and work experience.

You may be thinking about what happens next if you’ve been looking after children who have started nursery, or are close to starting primary school.  To arrange an informal chat, please email Mary on mary.jennings@pataglos.org.uk or call her on 07731 823347.  Mary is available Monday – Thursday.  For more information on the GEM Project go to http://www.glosgem.org

The project is run by Mary Jennings and supported by the office staff team.

Through GEM, PATA has been involved in NUS Green Impact, where in 2021 we achieved the Silver Award, more information on environmental issues click here

This project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and The European Union Social Fund


The GEM Project is an employability and social inclusion programme, helping people in Gloucestershire to overcome challenges to employment and move them closer towards or into work.

It is a unique partnership of nearly 50 community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of the lead organisation Gloucestershire County Council and is jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund.

Individuals signed up to the GEM Project receive personalised one to one support from a Navigator Developer to help them achieve their career based goal, developing life skills, building confidence and self-esteem, whilst overcoming any barriers which prevented them from finding work previously.

The GEM Project has been operating since September 2016 and was initially due to end in December 2019. However, over the last three years, the project has continued to go from strength to strength, being recognised as an exemplar programme and has been awarded additional funding to run until the end of 2021.

For more information about the GEM Project visit www.glosgem.org

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