The Hidden Gems project is for people who are out of work; supporting them towards and into paid employment.
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.
If you live in Exeter and are interested in taking part in Hidden Gems please contact Angie Holmes for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07841 922 181.
Hidden Gems in Exeter is delivered by EDP Drug & Alcohol Services and is funded by Devon County Council’s Community Impact Support Scheme (CISS).
We are holding an open day on Wednesday 26th July between 11am and 1pm at the Devon Disability Collective factory for people who are interested in taking part in Hidden Gems. Find out more here.
Hidden Gems Pop up in Bideford
We are taking Hidden Gems on the road. First of all we are holding pop up Hidden Gems sessions in Bideford at Integr8 Wellbeing Centre. The 6 week course starts on Thursday 27th July between 11am and 3pm – and then every Thursday up to 31st August.
If you are interested in taking part in these pop ups please contact Angie Holmes for more information by emailing email@example.com or by calling 07841 922 181.
Our Hidden Gems Outreach project is delivered by EDP Drug & Alcohol Services and is funded by Awards for All.
Feedback from participants
“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.”