We are a small but ambitious Community Interest Company (social enterprise) created in 2008 to give women the skills, knowledge and confidence to keep themselves safe. Freedom Personal Safety was founded by personal safety specialists Elaine Howard and Julie Tweedale. Since then, we have trained to work with children too and are now expanding our portfolio so that we can reach young people, parents, lone workers and older people.
We believe that everyone has the right to enjoy their lives without violence or abuse. We work hard to raise awareness, reduce risks and empower individuals to take control of their personal safety. Prevention is the key to achieving this and we are committed to sharing our skills with people in local communities, the workplace and education.
Our clients include the NHS, Lloyds Banking Group, The Refugee Council, EDF Energy, West Yorkshire Probation Trust, Women’s Aid, Trafford MBC, Kirklees Council, The Children’s Society, University of Manchester, Huddersfield University, Bolton College and many other community organisations including schools, youth centres, women’s groups and charities.
If you would like to work with us, please contact us.
Elaine Howard, Founder, Director and Instructor
“I am passionate about crime prevention and personal safety. While studying in Tennessee in 1993, I trained to deliver the RAD Systems programme for women. I then went on to teach on a voluntary basis with the police there.
Following my return to the UK, I embarked on a rewarding career with the British Council specialising in change management and communications. I always planned to bring RAD to the UK but the timing was not yet right.
After the arrival of my family, I re-trained in RAD for women (2006), adding the radKIDS programme to my portfolio in 2008. I have also trained with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and am an Ambassador for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) ‘Think U Know’ Campaign.”
Julie Tweedale, Founder, Director and Instructor
“I know the impact violence and abuse has on people, and I am determined to do all I can to prevent it. I trained with Elaine in the USA to become a RAD Systems instructor. It was one of the most important events of my life and I returned home on a mission to share what I had learnt with every woman.
Since then I have created programmes which explore issues such as the impact of gender inequality on women’s safety, raising awareness of sexual harassment, healthy relationships, impact of pornography and rape culture – working with men and women, girls and boys to bring about the changes needed to ensure we are all safe.