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GTEL Go Do it project - Pictured at Gateway to Education Limerick are William Richardson, Office Administrator and Suzanne Roche, Founder. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick GTEL Go Do it project - Pictured at Gateway to Education Limerick are William Richardson, Office Administrator and Suzanne Roche, Founder. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick

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GTEL Go Do it Project focuses on adult education

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GTEL Go Do it project – Pictured at Gateway to Education Limerick are William Richardson, Office Administrator and Suzanne Roche, Founder. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick

GTEL Go Do it Project focuses on adult education

GTEL works in collaboration with organizations like Headway, Employability, Daughters of Charity and the Community Employment Scheme. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick

GTEL works in collaboration with organizations like Headway, Employability, Daughters of Charity and the Community Employment Scheme. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick

Limerick based charity, Gateway to Education, runs an ongoing initiative they call their “Go Do it” project. It focuses on adult education and empowering those who come through the project to learn new skills, grow in confidence and gain workplace experience.

Participants of the project are often those returning to employment, people who have been finding it difficult to find stable work and those with intellectual disabilities. Through working with staff on the day to day running of the charity, the project members earn experience in a variety of skills and tasks. These include admin and office work, storeroom and merchandise management, customer service skills, accounting, social media management and fundraising. Members also have a chance to work on the various projects that GTEL run such as the African Book Drive and their Homework Club.

GTEL works in collaboration with organizations like Headway, Employability, Daughters of Charity and the Community Employment Scheme to offer members of the local community a safe, welcoming place to work while also forming social and working relationships. 

Gateway to Education believes that education does not stop after school or college but continues throughout our adult lives. There is always room to learn new things, improve on the skills we already have and grow our social network. GTEL aims to offer this through the “Go Do It Project”.

Paul Goodwin, GTEL manager explains that, “we’ve seen many people come through the project over the years. Some have gone on to stable full time employment, others have started further study and some have found accommodation and live more independent lives. We are always sad to see our friends and colleagues move on as we miss working with them but we are proud to see them move closer to their goals and reach their potential. They sometimes call back in from time to time to catch up and have a chat which we always appreciate.”

William Richardson, who is a participant of the project recounts his experiences as, “a vital experience for me as a person. They gave me a chance to build skills and spend time working a stable job, when many other employment agencies had written me off. Because of the experience I gained with them, I have managed to get employment opportunities I would never have had otherwise. I’m so grateful to all of them” 

For more stories on Limerick Gateway to Education go HERE 

For more information on Limerick Gateway to Education go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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