A timely collaboration which raises awareness about domestic abuse

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Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA, CEO and Founder of Universal Inclusion talks about her latest initiative which continues the theme of opening up the creative space. It utilises the power of music to highlight an issue which has unfortunately increased at an alarming rate during the pandemic and lockdown. Music is a medium which in the hands of a skillful artist touches a deep emotion through the lyrics and melody.

"I am very excited to be collaborating with James Holt, singer songwriter, on his latest track 'One Hand Strikes The Other', which he wrote to raise awareness about domestic abuse. The single is due to be released this August.

'‘One Hand Strikes the Other’ is a powerful track about domestic abuse, which sadly as we know hit record-breaking levels during the lockdown.

It explores an abusive relationship, looking at it from the outside. It shifts the focus from the relationship to the observer - suggesting we all have a duty of care and a responsibility in reducing domestic abuse.

James has been working on the track with two female artists - singer/songwriter Toria Wooff and photographer Debbie Ellis who captured model Liv Moore, depicted on the image.

We are now at a stage when we want to create a video.

You can hear the song’s powerful melody and thought-provoking lyrics which command an equally powerful visual to accompany it.

Ideally on this next stage of the project, we would like to engage a female film producer who has worked before in this field to create the film. We are actively seeking funding to make this possible.

James is donating all profits from this project to Refuge, the organisation for women and children against domestic violence. You too can be part of it. Can you help us capture the message in the song with film?"

Click here to hear Jacqueline Winstanley introduce the collaboration and the song. You can contact Jacqueline directly for more details by calling her on +44 (0) 749 603 5028 or by sending her an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.James Holt Collaboration 

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Universal Inclusion Recognised by RSA for its work with Entrepreneurs during COVID-19

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Universal Inclusion, through CEO and Founder Jacqueline Winstanley's fellowship with The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), has been awarded a Covid-19 Catalyst Grant to continue its work with The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network. 

The RSA Covid-19 Catalyst Grant was fast-tracked and awarded to Fellows’ projects responding to Covid-19 and its effects; specifically, scalable initiatives which ease the social and structural pressures of Covid-19, providing support on the ground now and building bridges to the future.

Within Universal Inclusion, this grant is supporting the shift of The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network's operations from face-to-face support to online support It will fund a series of podcasts which will bring to life the business resilience shown by Inclusive Entrepreneurs within The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network through their stories and shared experiences. The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network is run by Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA. 

The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network was featured in the RSA's blog as one of three projects supported by the Catalyst Awards Grants.

Following is an excerpt of the blog entry which can also be found here: https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2020/06/good-work-grants

 The impact of Covid 19 on good work RSA

Inclusive Entrepreneurs Online - supporting people with disabilites in business 

Inclusive Entrepreneurs Online is a network which provides business support primarily to people with disabilities who, because of their condition, are often excluded from 'traditional' workplace roles. 

The network provides a business-to-business marketplace, a 10-session programme to provide help on the road to entrepreneurship, and “a showcase of the incredible aspiration and achievements of people who have faced significant barriers”.  

According to Jacqueline Winstanley, head of the programme, it was clear very early on that many members of the network were devastated by the disruption caused by the crisis. Not only because of the business interruption, but also the disempowering feeling that they had no say over the measures which were being put in place to support businesses. 

Meanwhile, the difficulties in accessing sector-specific types of support has left many disabled entrepreneurs in the network in a very precarious economic position. Many are considering shifting their operations online but might require more holistic support that encompasses measures for managing health conditions.  

The RSA catalyst grant is contributing to shifting the network’s operations from face-to-face support to online support.

Central to these efforts have been the online 'Friday briefings'. These events have quickly become spaces where “members felt somebody was giving them a voice and a mechanism through which to try and influence things”, and where they could discuss innovations they were putting in place in the shift online.  

Not only have the briefings been successful in achieving this, they have also allowed the network to contribute very timely policy recommendations to the Chancellor and DWP regarding the Access to Work Awards, fast tracking of new applications, amending the self-employed income support scheme to recognise the needs of disabled entrepreneurs, and suspending the Annual Turnover requirements.  

Going forward, Jacqueline is convinced:

“we need an appreciation of how entrepreneurs with protected characteristics run their business, the value they have and the positive impact they have on the economy.”

If projects like this were to be replicated the impact on the employment gap, and thus on the economy, could be huge. 


If you are interested in finding out more about how you can join The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network and benefit as an #Inclusive #Entrepreneur, please contact Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA using our contact page.

You are also invited to attend our Friday Briefing sessions. Please click here to access the registration link.

You may wish to browse through the previous briefings which you can access here.

If you require support to access any of our sessions or opportunities please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




































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Jacqueline Winstanley Presents Webinar for Inclusive Companies

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Screenshot 2020 06 03 Welcome You are invited to join a webinar Inclusive Entrepreneurs Resilience and beyond Covid 19 png


EanqgaFXgAAQkZMJacqueline Winstanley FRSA, CEO and Founder of Universal Inclusion and The Inclusive Entrepreneur, is presenting a webinar about Inclusive Entrepreneurship on Tuesday 16th June 2020 at 11.30am BST for the cross-industry network Inclusive Companies, as part of their #InclusionSolutions webinars. 

Jacqueline, a globally-recognised expert and consultant on accessibility and inclusion challenges, and a nominee for the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award in this year's National Diversity Awards 2020, will be presenting an interactive session on Inclusive Entrepreneurs – Resilience and Beyond Covid 19. This webinar will include an introduction to the concept of Inclusive Entrepreneurship & the Inclusive Entrepreneur Network.  Jacqueline will also talk about how Inclusive Entrepreneurs are responding to the pandemic and give examples of resilience in response to Covid-19.

As Jacqueline said, "This webinar is an opportunity for policy makers, companies and organisations to understand the challenges facing entrepreneurs with protected characteristics as well as their impact on the economy. COVID-19 has brought new challenges, especially to inclusive entrepreneurs - the main one being how to build resilience and thrive beyond the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. As a disabled entrepreneur myself, and as the founder of Universal Inclusion, and The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network which I started in 2013, I have first-hand experience. I have also worked with boards, executives and inclusive entrepreneurs from all walks of life and industries, and the results and their successes are phenomenal. My pathways and programmes provide practical frameworks to find innovative and sustainable solutions for individuals, companies and spaces where there are barriers which prevent access to life's opportunities."

Feedback and recommendations from this session will be shared with policy makers to ensure future business survival. 

The seminar may be viewed here: https://youtu.be/_IIkrBlRJoc

Jacqueline Winstanley is available for an informal chat on any inclusive challenges you may be facing.

For further information on the Inclusive Entrepreneur Network please visit: https://www.universalinclusion.co.uk/the-inclusive-entrepreneur

#InclusiveEntrepreneursOnline   #AnInclusiveWorld  #InclusionAndDiversity

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Media Release: Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA Nominated for the UK's Largest Diversity Awards

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Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA,  a global disruptor, entrepreneur and champion for accessibility to life's opportunities,  has been nominated for the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award in this year's National Diversity Awards 2020. 

NDA Nomination Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA 2020

This year's awards are planned to take place on 25th September at an event that will recognise nominees in their respective fields of diversity; including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

As Jacqueline Winstanley said,' I am equally honoured and delighted to accept the nomination and to be listed among such an inspiring and amazing group of individuals for this year's awards. I am committed to my work as a disabled entrepreneur, as the founder of Universal Inclusion, and The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network, which I started in 2013. I have worked with inclusive entrepreneurs from all walks of life and industries, and the results and their successes are phenomenal. This nomination reflects that work and inspires me to continue in my quest to find innovative and sustainable solutions for individuals, companies and spaces where there are barriers which prevent access to life's opportunities. 

ITV News will be working in association with The National Diversity Awards to highlight role models and community organisations on regional and national news channels. Rachel Corp, Acting Editor, ITV News said; “We are pleased that ITV News is once again supporting the National Diversity Awards. ITV News remains committed to telling the stories of those, who through their work and dedication to helping others, have made a difference; enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in our society. We look forward to introducing the 2020 nominees to our viewers across the regions and nation.”

The UK’s largest diversity awards has attracted a growing list of supporters including Adam Hills, Graham Norton and Katie Piper. Sir Lenny Henry CBE, last year’s winner of the Celebrity of the Year gong said, “Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination; its means having integrated groups in society, it means fairness and total inclusion and that’s what the National Diversity Awards are about. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, you’re all doing a fantastic job, rock on!”

The National Diversity Awards receives over 28,000 nominations and votes annually. Founder & CEO Paul Sesay said, “As we enter our 09th awards season, The National Diversity Awards prepare to welcome a host of outstanding role models and charities to our family. We look to those who represent progress, spirit and resilience, and I cannot wait to learn about the wonderful work being carried out this year”.

Nominations and voting close on Monday 8th June 2020. Shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date.

To nominate Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA, please visit: https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/28484/
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Equality In Sports - Combining Sports & Professional Careers

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WhatsApp Image 2020 03 05 at 10.08.15Nicole Stratford from New Zealand, who represented her country in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 as a member of the Football Ferns World Cup squad, talks about her role as a police officer and a professional football player. She is now trying for a place to represent her country at the Tokyo Olympics.
During the international month of women & coming on the back of the recently released Women in Sport report by Farrer & Co to which I contributed with insights highlighting the inequalities that blight the sporting world, it is refreshing to hear Nicole's indepth perspectives of what it means to combine her two passions and professional careers together.
It resonates with the work I have been involved these last two decades, tackling intersectionality & equality within all aspects of the sporting arena, in particular the critical success factors required to turn policy into working practice. It also reminds us of the inequalities that still exist in the sporting world, why we need to debate these inequalities & share good practice on how to improve.
Other links: https://www.universalinclusion.co.uk/news/articles/reclaim-the-game
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