Untold Stories: Windrush NHS Stories

Celebrating 75 years of the NHS and the Windrush contribution.
A call-out for African Caribbean NHS workers (past and present), their families and communities to tell our stories.

Community Champion Jackie Bailey would like to hear from members of the African Caribbean community who have practical experience of working in the NHS. We are keen to represent the voices and experiences of the wide range of workers (and their families and communities) that make up the NHS. This includes chefs, doctors, drivers, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, security, support workers and all other roles. Award-winning writers and experts in their fields will deliver workshops in a number of creative forms across the whole world of literature, allowing participants to shape how they tell their untold stories as members of Caribbean communities in Manchester who have worked in, or have family members that have contributed to the National Health Service.

The collated Windrush NHS Stories will be shared in June 2023 as part of the Manchester Festival of Libraries. Later in 2023, they will be featured as part of an exhibition at Manchester Poetry Library: Untold Stories of the NHS. Untold Stories will celebrate the contribution of workers in a range of roles and from diverse backgrounds to the delivery of care and to the NHS Story.


Location of all workshops: Room BR3.77 at Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, 53 Bonsall Street, Hulme, Manchester, M15 6GX
Time of all workshops: 10:30am – 12:45pm.
Light refreshments will be available at all workshops.

· Narrative and Biographical Poetry with Shirley May (Saturday 21st January 2023)

· Memory and Reflective Journaling with Jackie Bailey (Saturday 28th January 2023)

· Memoir Writing with Tarnya Coley (Saturday 4th February 2023)

· Scriptwriting with Keisha Thompson (Saturday 11th February 2023)

· Music and Lyrics with Sefton Simpson and Reece Williams (Saturday 18th February 2023)

· Fantasy and Belonging with Micah Yongo (Saturday 25th February 2023)


If you require further information, please email:

For general inquiries about the wider Untold Stories of the NHS project, contact:
Jess Edwards, Head of the Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University at j.edwards@mmu.ac.uk or 07799658708

To express concerns or to make a complaint about this project, contact:
Susan Baines, Faculty Head of Research Ethics and Governance, Manchester Metropolitan University, at s.baines@mmu.ac.uk or 0161 247 2511.

Project Ethos ID: 49034

About Jackie Bailey

Jackie Bailey, founder of BEE You! Personal Development Ltd, delivers transformational coaching, workshops, seminars and retreats. Supporting individuals, groups, teams and organisations with clarity of purpose, values, vision building and alignment is at the heart of her work. A lover of literature and a keen advocate of arts for wellbeing, Jackie is a Manchester City of Literature (UNESCO) Community Champion. In 2021-22 Jackie championed and co-designed a programme sharing a world of literature that embraced spoken word, music, journaling, memoir writing, history and poetry; all connected to enhancing wellbeing and personal development. An esteemed life coach and creative practitioner, Jackie is passionate about supporting people to improve their wellbeing by using a range of personal development and self-care tools, including journaling.

Jackie is also the Director of J Bailey Consulting Limited (JBCL) providing management consultancy services to a range of organisations across the private, public, voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. Jackie has worked extensively with NHS organisations. Consultancy has included stakeholder involvement; service improvement; quality assurance; performance management; strategy & policy development; diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI); staff & leadership development. Jackie has worked operationally & strategically, across a range of issues impacting diverse people. She has vast experience of working inclusively & effectively engaging people with positive & improved outcomes across stakeholder groups.