Freedom Personal Safety was founded by personal safety specialists Elaine Howard and Julie Tweedale. We are a small, dynamic social enterprise established in 2008, working in partnership with organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector to make a difference to people’s lives.

We work hard to raise awareness, reduce risks and empower individuals to take control of their personal safety and emotional wellbeing. Prevention is the key to achieving this and we are committed to sharing our skills with people in local communities, the workplace and education so that everyone can live their lives free from harassment, violence and abuse.

We are based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and deliver our training across the UK.

Our mission - Freedom Personal Safety

Our Mission

Empowering individuals

Creating tailor-made training programmes and workshops to empower individuals by developing the skills, knowledge and confidence to keep themselves and others safe physically and emotionally.

Our Vision

We believe that everyone has the right to be safe and should live their lives free from abuse, violence and harassment.

Customer focused

We will work with you to identify your needs, then create a tailored programme delivered by Julie, our specialist trainer. We will gather feedback on all of the programmes we run and share this with you. We will work in partnership with you at all stages.


We know the impact of violence, abuse and harassment, and are passionate about empowering people to feel safe. We will work with you to deliver our bespoke training to individuals, groups and communities, so they feel safe and free to live their lives safely.


We created Freedom Personal Safety as a community interest company because our focus was, and still is, about making a difference to people, helping them feel safer, developing new skills and knowledge and having the freedom to live their lives without violence, abuse or harassment.


We use our skills, knowledge and experience to create and deliver high-quality programmes and training. We are trained personal safety instructors and have over 15 years experience working with children, young people, women and those who have experienced violence or abuse. We are constantly reviewing our programmes to keep them current, based on best practice and relevant.

Meet the team

Elaine Howard
Elaine HowardFounder, Director, Project and Finance Manager
“I saw how impactful crime prevention and personal safety education could be while living in the US. Julie and I trained in the US and set up Freedom Personal Safety in the UK so that we could bring some of the skills and knowledge we had learned to our local communities and we have grown and developed from there.

My role is around funding bid writing, project management, reporting and the financial side of things. The most rewarding aspect of this is reading the feedback we often receive about how much a difference our training has made to someone’s life.”

Julie Tweedale
Julie TweedaleFounder, Director, Training and Development Manager
“I know the impact violence and abuse has on individuals, and I am determined to do all I can to prevent it. I trained with Elaine in the USA as a personal safety instructor and am on a mission to share what I have learnt with people in communities, workplaces and education.

I create programmes which explore issues such as the impact of gender inequality, 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.”

Jonny Cowan
Jonny CowanDirector
“I am a former international sportsman and management consultant, now working in the sports marketing industry alongside various rights holders at local, national and international level.

I am passionate about helping people and communities and have volunteered at a local sports club for over 12 years. When the opportunity to work with Freedom Personal Safety came up in 2008, I was delighted to join the Board. It has been very rewarding to see the development and growth of the company since and the positive feedback and results that come from the courses and programmes they deliver.”

Jen Knight
Jen KnightDirector
“I’d been a successful project manager in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years, when I first became a mum. Like all parents, it changed my life in ways I hadn’t even considered. I wanted to be at home for my children and I’ve always had a passion for interior design so I studied with the British Academy for Interior Design, earned a diploma with distinction and Jen Morrisey Interiors was born.

I have been a Director of Freedom Personal Safety since 2012 and have seen the company grow and thrive. I have attended various projects and seen sessions delivered on healthy relationships and resilience. It is wonderful to see the positive impact that they have.”

Rachel Oates
Rachel OatesDirector
“After graduating from university with a degree in Business and Marketing, I worked for marketing and advertising agencies whilst doing a post grad diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing and then went client side. In 2009, I went freelance and enjoyed working with a variety of SME’s, corporates, local authorities, and not-for-profit organisations. Bringing enthusiasm to organisations, I also bring best practices from the corporate world to help charities run more effectively and have a track record of fundraising. Passionate about empowering vulnerable people in our community, I strongly support the work of Freedom Personal Safety, and the lives they change having a positive impact on our society.”
Tyler Augustine
Tyler AugustineDirector
“I am qualified Youth Worker and have worked in youth settings and schools in West Yorkshire

I graduated from The University of Huddersfield in 2019 with a First-Class Degree in Youth & Community Work, and ever since I have strived for a career in Early Intervention, working with young people in preventative ways. I worked closely with Freedom Personal Safety during my time at University, across a range of programmes including Strong, Safe and Resilient. The work that Freedom Personal Safety does is crucial, in my opinion, and I am very much looking forward to what the future holds.”

Case studies

  • Arcon Housing

    Supporting community-run projects that improve neighbourhoods and the quality of life for local people.

  • Kirklees College

    Helping students to stay safe and look out for each other.

  • Endeavour

    Empowering those who have experienced domestic abuse to feel safe.

  • Reliance Precision

    Raising awareness of sexual harassment for staff at leading engineering company.


Work with us.

If you’re interested in working with us, get in touch today.