The Forwards Employment Service is comprised of:
1:1 support with specialist Job Brokers across the county - offering intensive support to individuals known to Adult Social Care and Children Services. Job brokers meet with their customers on a regular basis, sourcing work experience placements to increase confidence and develop work skills, whilst also engaging with local employers to identify suitable paid opportunities. Customers are also offered bespoke courses to prepare them for the world of employment.
Forwards Work Club
Forwards Work Club - Forwards work clubs provide support for disabled people who have the capacity to work within a group setting. The work clubs are for those who are higher functioning eg those with physical disabilities, mild to moderate mental health issues, higher functioning autism. The work clubs are delivered in partnership with Adult Education.
Forwards Employment Outreach - Forwards is developing knowledge about the support needed for our communities and the partnerships within these. We are offer appointments within the community to provide 1:1 support for people with limiting health conditions or a disability. To find out where you can seek support please click here
Forwards Education - Starting from schools and colleges, Forwards recognises the importance of raising aspirations from an early age. We have a dedicated education team who are working with young people to support them reach their ambitions and discuss long term goals after education. To find out more information click here
GEM Going The Extra Mile
Our Navigator Developers - Forwards also works in partnership with GEM (Going the Extra Mile). The GEM Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment. The GEM Project 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 Community Fund and the European Social Fund. To find out more about the GEM project, you can visit their website.