A three-year evaluation of the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) begun in 2016, providing Paul Courtney and the team – which includes University colleagues Leonie Burton and Wend Russell from Performing Arts and Play – the opportunity to further develop and apply their social value research techniques, as demonstrated in projects such as the Hulme Community Garden Centre Project. 

Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Big Lottery, GEM aims to move the county’s most vulnerable adults closer to employment, training and education. The project involves a consortium of over 70 voluntary community social enterprise (VCSE) and public and private sector partners from across the county. GEM is being managed by the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and will engage 1,100 people between 2016 and 2019.