Business booms for Services
Westmorland Limited, which runs Gloucester Services on the M5 as well as the Tebay Services in Cumbria, has announced increased turnover to £96.4m from £92.9m in 2016. Westmorland started to fund its commitment to Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, with a £0.5m contribution in the year.
GEM Project, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust celebrates 1st birthday helping people facing barriers to work
The Gloucestershire GEM project, managed by the Gateway Trust, celebrated its first birthday with a large gathering at Pittville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham.
People representing the project’s 60 partners from the voluntary and community, business and public sectors heard how GEM (Going the Extra Mile) has already made contact with more than 500 people, helping them move closer to training or work through a range of initiatives and activities.
In its first year, GEM has:
There was praise for GEM’s successes so far from Cllr Roger Wilson, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet member, Tom Mcculloch from the Big Lottery – one of the two main funders – business owners and GEM participants.
The independent evaluators of the three-year programme, which supports people facing barriers to training and work, reported that a lasting legacy will be the links made between all the partners through the GEM network.
For a full report of the celebration event, including video interviews filmed by Fair Shares’ Reyaz Limalia, see http://bit.ly/2hex6Pr
What is GEM?
The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.
GEM will reconnect people with their local services and ultimately help them achieve their desired work-based outcome through an individual personalised action plan. This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.
The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
For more information, please visit www.glosgem.org
Over the 2017 summer, more than 730 people across the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust’s main communities took the time to answer a series of questions put to them by our dedicated roving survey team. In addition, more than 300 customers at the Gloucester Services were also quizzed.
Adults and young people in Podsmead, Tuffley, Matson, Robinswood, White City and Stonehouse were asked about their communities, what they liked and what could be better.
Now the responses have been pulled together for a report which will be used as a baseline for future annual surveys to track how the communities will change and benefit over the years to come thanks to community-led development supported by the Trust and funding from Gloucester Services.
The survey results will not only inform Gloucestershire Gateway Trust’s future investment and commitment of resources but also that of our partners. It has been a learning process to find out what survey methods work best and what areas we might improve on when planning how we gather people’s views next year.
From the feedback from local residents in all the communities, it is clear that:
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust’s commitments arising from the survey:
All the latest news from Gloucestershire Gateway Trust's community partners: NEWSlines Summer 2017.
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