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
Since September 2018, Farhanah has been the GEM Navigator connected to Fair Shares and in charge of the Barton & Tredworth area. Prior to becoming a Navigator Developer she was active in helping her local community, including volunteering at Skill Zone and working as a community researcher with Gloucestershire Gateway Trust. It was after her role there ended that a position opened up at Fair Shares and she took up her current placement.
“All the years I volunteered really helped me to become who I am – the experience and skills I gained through volunteering helped me to get this job. I was already helping people in my community but to get paid in doing what I was doing is a bonus – I love this job.”
During her time as Navigator Developer she’s worked with countless people to help them re-enter the world of employment by working on their confidence and skillset. Part of this involved organising various CV workshops with the help of Adviza and National Careers Service.