Going The Extra Mile (GEM)

About the GEM Project 

PATA was 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 was to help project participants move closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

Mary provided dedicated and personalised help, guidance and support for every person through their own tailored action plan completely led by their needs.  All those who joined the project had 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.

Through GEM, PATA has been involved in NUS Green Impact, where in 2022 we achieved the Gold 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 was awarded additional funding to run until the end of 2022.

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

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