I want to share really honestly with you this afternoon. My deepest concern for British society, above all other things, above domestic abuse, above crime, above loneliness and even above poverty is this… selfishness. That’s a bold statement I know, so let me unpack it a little. Many, if not all other social and moral ills of the 21st century have their root in selfishness. … Continue reading Sharing honestly about self interest
One of the most significant barriers to overcome when doing something in our communities is fear of failure and anxiety about getting it wrong I have really struggled with this over the years. In part this has been my own problem but also we live in a society that doesn’t give much room for failure. We only have to look at how much failure and … Continue reading Failure and Getting it Wrong
For the past few months I have been getting out and about and meeting local people. I am working on an idea that Teesside and the surrounding areas can change for the better if people come together to be the change they wish to see. Many of us complain about what is wrong with Teesside but few of us do much about changing things. I … Continue reading Be the Change You Wish to See in Teesside
I remember in the early days of starting A Way Out, the charity I was a part of founding in 2002; we spent a long time working out what our name should be. You see a name is important. Without a name, you can’t register for a bank account, you can’t apply for funding, you can’t become a legal entity. Your name is central to … Continue reading What is in a name?
12 years ago I set up a charity to reach At-Risk women and young people and over that time, we played a role in transforming a number of lives. The challenge I began to wrestle with a few years ago though was that for every girl we reached, every family we helped restore, every young person who found a better future; the same problems still existed within the borough, the town and … Continue reading What I’m up to in communities
My name is Jessie Joe Jacobs and if you have been following my journey over the last few months, you will know that in April I handed over my role as chief executive of A Way Out, the women and young peoples charity that I had been running for the last 12 years. It was an emotional month. I had many encouraging and kind words … Continue reading What Jessie Jacobs did Next?