GEM logoThe Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Truston behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.

The GEM organisations have committed to work together to help people overcome barriers and improve their lives. So called Navigator Developers within the GEM project offer 1:1 support to help people make the most of the many talents they have, and we are very pleased to host a Navigator Developer at Stroud Valleys Project.

“It means a great deal for our charity. The GEM project has given us the time and resources to enable us to get to know our volunteers just that bit better. It has given us the time to network with other charities and find out about other services that are available to help them,” said Julie Wickham (Navigator Developer).

Thanks to the Extra Mile Fund we have recently been able to send two people on a Cotswold stone wall course, run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, enabling them to study for their Llantra Level 1 certificate in Cotswold stonewalling. This will not only help them, but will help our charity in the outdoor work we do.

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Both volunteers have offered to help teach others involved with us the skills they have learnt.

One volunteer said, “It was well worth doing and very satisfying. I would recommend it to anyone. It’s a great way to keep the old traditions alive. Thank you to GEM and Stroud Valleys Project for making this possible.”

This project is a partnership of community focused organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

If you or someone you know may be interested in this project, or for further information, contact Julie Wickham or Clare Mahdiyone on 01453 753358.

The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. For more information, please visit

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641


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