Hidden Gems


Hidden Gems

The Hidden Gems project is for people who are out of work; supporting them towards and into paid employment.

Hidden Gems ProductsHidden Gems helps people develop and build employment skills. Over the course of the project you will learn how to design, make and sell jewellery and other handcrafted products from recycled and reclaimed metals.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Access enterprise qualifications
  • Design, make and market craft products
  • Experience real-life work activity
  • Be supported to identify and overcome health and personal barriers to employment
  • Build confidence to engage with employment
  • Gain valuable and transferable skills
  • Be supported to achieve paid employment
  • Acquire new and flexible entrepreneurial skills
  • Develop creative skills
  • Take part in confidence and motivation-building activities


Hidden Gems Exeter


Our Hidden Gems workshop in Exeter is based at Devon Disability Collectives Factory in Marsh Barton. The workshop is open Monday to Wednesday 10.30am to 3pm. You can choose to come just one day a week or for all three.

Download our information leaflet here

If you live in Exeter and are interested in taking part in Hidden Gems please contact Angie Holmes for more information by emailing angelaholmes@edp.org.uk or by calling 07841 922 181.


Feedback from participants

Hidden Gems quote“It has motivated me and built my confidence and I have really enjoyed being part of a team. It has also made me realise that I have skills I am developing that I hope to be able to use and aid me in to a role as a supporter. I have not considered this before and it is only through  this programme. The support I have been given and the opportunities suggested to  me that has made me see my future differently and in a positive way. I am now attending training courses to benefit me and help me to get employment in the future”


“It has helped me a lot, I have learnt how to work metals and new techniques. I have really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and felt very comfortable here, we are a good team and we have fun and because of that I have achieved  a lot. I have a work placement through it, here in the factory, I have not had this type of opportunity before on courses. I don’t want to leave.”


“I have enjoyed this course so much. I was very concerned and nervous when I started but its been so good and I have learnt so much and discovered skills I didn’t know I had. I also am now trying to work towards a goal I’ve had all my life which is to work with children with special needs. I have been supported and given advice on HG and now I  have applied for a volunteering role in this field. I am so excited and want this a lot.”

Beyond November

EDP have partnered with the Royal British Legion to offer our Hidden Gems Programme specifically for ex service personnel. It engages, employs and empowers ex service personnel who are out of work.

People taking part in Hidden Gems design, manufacture and market handcrafted products made from recycled metals including our Beyond November poppy brooch. Our poppy brooches can be bought online for £10. Click on the image below to buy yours now.

Profits generated from the sale of the brooches are split equally between EDP Drug & Alcohol Services and the Royal British Legion.

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services Poppy