GDA can provide employment support for deaf and hard of hearing people with the following;

  • find work or education for those who are unemployed (GEM Project);
  • support for those affected by Covid, whether still in work or being affected since March 2020;
  • provide assistance to apply for Access to Work funding
  • in-work support to ensure the workplace is fully accessible including offering Deaf Awareness training to colleagues.


In 2017, GDA was delighted to have been selected as one of nearly forty delivery partners on a major new European Funded project in Gloucestershire. The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals to overcome barriers to work, and move those people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

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 Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. For more information, please visit

As a delivery partner, GDA is now inviting anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing, and looking for help towards further education, training, volunteering, employment or self-employment to get in touch with us. Please note this project has a strict eligibility criteria - this will be discussed with you upon enquiry.

Access to Work

If you have any difficulties getting support at interviews or in work, we can work with customers to get Access to Work funding to pay for support to ensure that employers get the best out of their deaf and disabled employees. We can assist with the application.

Deaf awareness training

Please refer to our Understanding Deafness page.


Want to know more? Contact

01452 372999; or

Text 07848 968 692