For the past 37 plus years, Jeanette Stanley has been involved with various community organisations, in a voluntary and paid capacity. She was one of the founder members of the Moss Side and Hulme Women’s Action Forum (MOSHWAF) and served as the Treasurer for 16 years. She was also a Management Committee member and Treasurer for the Advice and Resource Centre for some 20 years. Jeanette has also served on a private Foster Carers panel for 2 years, assessing individuals wishing to become foster carers.
Jeanette has been extensively involved in employment and training for local Black unemployed people. She has developed 2 projects from inception, one as part of a national training organisation and the other a local employment, training and education organisation. These initiatives have enabled local unemployed Black people to successfully access education, training and employment opportunities.
For the past 21 years, Jeanette has been employed as the Director of the African and Caribbean Mental Health Services (ACMHS). This organisation provides culturally appropriate and sensitive services to individuals suffering mental ill-health as well as support to carers and families. Training is provided to statutory and other organisations on the issues which affect Black people with mental health problems. In addition, Jeanette has been a Justice of the Peace since 1996 and sits as a Magistrate on the Manchester City Youth and Adult Bench. Jeanette received an award for “Community Person of the Year” in November 2008.