“My life-long passion and commitment has been facilitating people, particularly women, individually and in groups to a place where they acknowledge and warmly embrace their unique and real self. Central to my approach is a desire for people to: honestly appraise themselves; to seek and maintain positivity; be themselves in every aspect of their lives and for individuals to appreciate, value and nurture their uniqueness and by doing so allow their precious individuality to bloom. Before I acknowledged and verbalised this as my path I was naturally doing it in a range of environments and roles.”
With over 20 years’ experience of working inclusively & effectively engaging people with positive & improved outcomes, Jackie has worked in various services on a broad range of issues affecting diverse people. This includes: As the Principal Policy Officer for Gender Equality in Manchester City Council developing an accessible grant programme to increase the involvement of diverse women in funded International Women’s Day activities developing a successful involvement forum for women in Manchester proposing & project managing the first (now annual) Manchester Women’s Award supervising a team of multi-lingual, multi-ethnic advice workers working with Montserrat Evacuees from the volcanic crisis & providing training and strategy development for the Montserrat Community Support Trust (UK), being a steering group member and a project worker for services supporting women in touch with criminal justice services or at risk of offending facilitating a drop-in for female survivors of sexual abuse. Chairing a task group - ‘Multiagency Good Practice Guidance on Domestic Violence’ mentoring African Caribbean schoolgirls & managing a ‘Women in Leadership’ project.
Since 2007 Jackie has co-ordinated Sistas GAL! (Get Active with Literature), a reading (& now also social) group for Black women. ‘Sistas GAL!’ involves Jackie hosting a radio show & delivering several successful community events presenting authors & other artists. ‘Sistas GAL!’ provides a safe space for group and community discussions.
Jackie is currently the Director of J Bailey Consulting Limited (JBCL) providing management consultancy services to a range of organisations across the private, public, voluntary and community sectors. Specialisms include governance, strategy and policy development, quality assurance, service improvement, equality and inclusion. Through her company BEE You! Personal development Ltd, Jackie is a life coach and personal development consultant. She also hosts women’s workshops and retreats.