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We're pleased to announce that our new #GEMonline timetable for August has been published. 

Next month sees the return of some of our popular employability sessions including Job Searching Tips, Mock Interviews and Presentation Skills, as well as our Interview Skills workshop kindly hosted by our brilliant partner Laenus and a new CV tips workshop delivered by our Navigator Developer Sarah. 

We're also excited to build on our wellbeing activities offered including the launch of a new Chair Yoga session, designed for those who may have mobility issues or would prefer a gentle form of yoga, and a Magic Workshop delivered by our Opportunity Hunter Tony.

Confidence building is also proven to be a popular subject so we have also introduced a new Confidence building for job seekers session to our timetable to help people focus on their positives to support the next step in their journey. 

What's more, we also have a Business Planning and Cashflow Forecasting workshop for people who are considering self-employment, as well as our popular general GEM Project introduction sessions. 

Click here for our #GEMonline timetable covering 27th July until 4th September.

by Nikki Davies

Join us at 4pm on Friday 10th July for the second in the Fakeaway Fridays series hosted by Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire. We will be making Chicken Katsu Curry, a famous favourite from Japan designed with a European influence. Although traditionally a meat dish, there are a few simple swaps to make a vegetarian version that is just as delicious, and help you get those all important 5-a-day.


This makes four servings, so feel free to reduce quantities as needed.

50g plain white flour

75g Panko Breadcrumbs (Asda stocks this!)

2 large Eggs, lightly beaten

4 medium Chicken breast, skinless, raw / Veggie: any mix of - Aubergine, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato cut into ½ cm slices

Calorie controlled cooking spray

70g rocket

100g ginger Yutaka Sushi Ginger

1 medium Onion

Root Ginger, 1 inch slice(s), peeled and grated

1 large Garlic, crushed

9g medium Curry Powder

1 tbsp plain white flour

1 Chicken stock cube(s) (for 400ml stock) / Veggie: vegetable stock

½ tbsp Soy Sauce

2 tsp clear Honey

Baking paper will be handy too!

** Simply click here to register for the Friday Fakeaway session. **

This is a recipe from one of Healthy LIfestyles Gloucestershire partners at WW (weight watchers), for a sneak peak, take a look here:

If anyone is keen to join Weight Watchers, Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire can refer you for FREE if you live in Gloucestershire and have a BMI of 27.5+

by Nikki Davies

We are really excited to announce our newly refreshed #GEMonline timetable, filled with various core activities from 15th June until 24th July!

As always, our biggest priority is to help you with your employability journey, learn new skills and support your mental health and wellbeing so we have continued to ensure that these key areas are covered throughout the week. What's more to help make things a little simpler and for you to easily plan which activities you would like to take part in, we have introduced themed days:

Monday: #skills
Tuesday: #information
Wednesday: #wellbeing
Thursday: #employability
Friday: #skills & #wellbeing

Many of our previous wellbeing activities are returning including our popular Yoga session, Music and Song Singalong and Creative Stressbusters, as well as a few familiar sessions being held, including our Rainbow Quiz and Photography tips. 

On top of this, we have some new wellbeing sessions to launch; Online Facials, providing the perfect chance to take some time for a little self care, and Growing Edible plants, learning creative ways to use small spaces and items to grow seeds. 

We're also delighted to welcome some new regular sessions thanks to professional chef Laurence who recently held a cookery top tips tutorial. Every Monday from 22nd June he will be hosting a cookery session to help develop your catering skills whilst learning new ways to cook on a budget and prepare delicious restaurant style dishes

Plus, from Friday 3rd July, we will be welcoming Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire once again as they launch their Friday Fakeaway class, another cook-a-long session focused on popular takeaway dishes. 

Our employability sessions have always proved popular so we're really grateful to once again be supported by several of our partners including Laenus with their Interview Skills session, The National Careers Service CV Writing class and GRCC with using LinkedIn effectively, as well as various other activities to help you move closer to finding work. 

We've also introduced some new information based sessions including an overview of the GEM Project, support for starting your own business and a budgeting and benefits tutorial (dates to be confirmed). 

If you're thinking of joining us with some of these activities but are still a little unsure on using online facilities, we are also holding a Building Confidence to Engage Online session on 22nd June which will be streamed live on our Facebook page. 

Finally, we will be adding additional activities to the timetable over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled for new sessions coming to #GEMonline.

Click here for our #GEMonline timetable covering 15th June until 24th July.

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy our refreshed #GEMonline programme.

#GEMonline timetable: 15th June - 24th July

As always, remember #GEMonline is open to everyone – it’s free and easy to join so please keep spreading the word. 

by Nikki Davies

As we move into June, we are really grateful for the support we have continually received from our partners and other external organisations which has enabled us to help grow our #GEMonline portfolio.

Not only do we now have various regular activities, including our Mock Interviews, Yoga session, Music and Song Singalong and Creative Stressbusters, each week has provided the opportunity for people to learn a new skill or take part in a different activity to help their wellbeing. Next week is no different as professional chef Laurence Freshwater will be joining our GEMonline programme, sharing some of his top cookery tips including how to cut an onion without crying!

We will also be holding another Stay and Play at Home session with PATA, so for any of you with younger children, this is the perfect activity to keep them entertained on a Monday morning.

Below is the programme of activity planned for week commencing 1st June.

#GEMonline timetable for week commencing 1st June

If you have any ideas or suggestions for our GEMonline timetable, please let us know by emailing

by Nikki Davies

Even with the Bank Holiday break, we still have a busy week of sessions from Tuesday 26th May to help you with your employability journey and wellbeing. 

Our Opportunity Hunter Tony will be kicking off on Tuesday morning with a session on top tips to consider when making public presentations, followed with our usual mock interview slot with both Tony and Sue. Our partner Laenus will also be joining us again next week with their Interview Skills workshop to provide you with some top tips to make sure any future interviews are a success. 

After two successful quiz’s we have another quiz to bring you with next week’s theme focused on Wildlife and Nature; as well as our Music and Song singalong session, ever growing yoga class and our Creative Stressbusters activity, to all help with your social wellbeing and mental health.

We also have two new sessions next week, including a Body Talk for Women session hosted by our partner The Nelson Trust, a particularly important topic especially during this time, as well as our first cookery based session; Breaditation. This activity will provide you with the opportunity to bake bread with our host John whilst he takes you through a mindful exercise to help relieve any stress.

Below is the programme of activity planned for week commencing 25th May

#GEMonline timetable for week commencing 25th May

Remember, #GEMonline is free, easy to access and open to everyone. 

by Nikki Davies

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