Hidden Gems


Hidden Gems

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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:

  • Undertake the Social Enterprise Qualification (QCF recognised) and/or NOCN qualification
  • 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

Feedback from participants includes:

“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.”

Hidden Gems was featured in Western Morning News’ Westcountry Life on Saturday 18th June. Read the article here.

To find out more about Hidden Gems in Okehampton, please contact Rod Burnett (Social Enterprise Development Officer) by emailing rodburnett@edp.org.uk.

Hidden Gems Participant Leaflet




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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.

Hidden Gems in Exeter is delivered by EDP Drug & Alcohol Services and is funded by Devon County Council’s Community Impact Support Scheme (CISS).



Interested in crafts? Do you like to make things? Would you like to help support people who are out of work or have been impacted by welfare reform?

Hidden Gems is looking for a creative and engaging volunteer to support our project in Exeter. Find out more about volunteering at Hidden Gems Exeter here.

Hidden Gems Okehampton

If you live in the Okehampton area and are interested in taking part in Hidden Gems please contact Angie Holmes for more information by emailing angelaholmes@edp.org.uk.


DWP_E_Partner_3262JCP_E_3COL Hidden Gems in Okehampton is delivered by EDP Drug & Alcohol Services and is funded by Department for Work and Pensions and Job Centre Plus.