Other colleagues from Gloucester Services helped out at the event, and the incredible food was prepared by the catering team and funded by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust.
GGT partner Fair Shares also brought along their ‘Chance to Chat’ cards, which give people topics to talk about and bought back memories of family holidays in caravans, cars they used to drive and stories of where they lived and travelled. Guests were also entertained with music from Ross at Footlights.
The Memory Café were recently selected by Gloucester Services colleagues as the charity to benefit from any sales of 5p carrier bags, which has to date raised around £900.
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and the Westmorland Family are inviting people to share their views on the proposed hotel development on the highly successful site at Gloucester Services Southbound.
The development is proposed in response to needs of existing Gloucester Services customers and presents an exciting new opportunity for further local jobs and support of local suppliers.
A public consulation website has been set up to give an overview of the plans and to give people an opportunity to share their views on the proposed development, until 26th November. Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and the Westmorland Family will read and consider all responses and use them to help shape the proposals.
Visit www.gloucesterserviceshotel.com to find out more.
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust proves social investment model with Gloucester Services can pay dividends for community projects as Annual Review 2017/2018 is released.
On 15th October 2018, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust launched their first Annual Review at M5 Gloucester Services, for the year 2017/2018. The review highlights how the unique model of social investment between a family, a charity and a business has begun bearing financial fruit to support local community projects throughout Gloucestershire.
It's a little known fact that up to 3p in every £ of non-fuel sales at Gloucester Services helps support local communities through Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT). In addition to Community Development grants given to GGT's seven partners, other projects supported by the Trust include local arts and dance festivals, community cafes, beehives and Matson's infamous wicker sheep.
Read more in the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust's Annual Review 2017/2018.
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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