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FREEDOM SUPPORT NETWORK

OUR STORY

Our organisation was born out of a fervent desire to aid BAME ex-offender women in London who have traversed the criminal justice system and seek to forge a new path in life—a path of improvement, realisation of potential, and pursuit of aspirations. This commitment stems from the stark reality that this demographic is disproportionately represented in prisons, often ensnared by crimes linked to socioeconomic status, immigration challenges, and a lack of comprehension about the UK's legal framework.

 

Recognizing this pressing need, our charity was established to offer these women the vital support, guidance, and training necessary for them to effect positive change in their own lives and, by extension, within their families and communities.

 

Founded by a woman impassioned by principles of equality and justice, our organisation stands as a response to the troubling over-representation of black and ethnic minority women within the UK's prison system. Fueled by a shared commitment to women's empowerment, justice, and socioeconomic advancement, our charity is steered by three dedicated trustees, each bringing a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and unwavering enthusiasm to the cause.

 

Together, we are the Freedom Support Network, dedicated to reshaping the trajectories of those who have encountered the criminal justice system, fostering hope, opportunity, and lasting societal change.
 

Our Mission is to provide constructive support to women ex-offenders and Propel Women Empowerment and encourage grit in freedom.

Our Founders

Mutiat Adebowale
Trustee Chair

Mutiat is the mind behind Freedom Support Network. She is a Leadership and Executive Coach, Resilience skills trainer, and Change Management Specialist. She is the founder of the Youth and Women Support Network, a non-profit organization, aimed at supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop leadership skills and attain greater heights in life.

She works with female professional leaders and Executives, to help them develop their leadership skills and increase their confidence to improve productivity, growth, and performance within their teams. 

Coaching is special to Mutiat because it allows her the opportunity to help her clients expand their self-view to see their full potential and work with them to reach their goals. 

Mutiat shows female leaders how to create a significant presence so that they can lead with influence and impact. She helps her clients to develop effective strategies to turn their teams into high-performing, results-driven teams that are dedicated and committed to organizational and professional growth. She also trains business leaders and teams on how to communicate effectively and build great working relationships, which affords everyone a sense of belonging. Author of three books, including  ‘Transformational Leadership: Why Your Business Needs it’, and the founder of  ‘ The Stress-Free Executives, a training and coaching organization that leads the Ignite Your Leadership Prowess Community. 

With an in-depth knowledge of Emotional Intelligence (EI) as related to organizations, groups, and individuals, Mutiat is able to help her clients become motivated, and engage them actively to become more self-aware and create the drive that helps them achieve meaningful results.

Her mission is to impact and promote ethical leadership, where leaders, managers, and team members can thrive and identify with a common goal of growth and purpose for all.

Mutiat is passionate about helping others become the best version of themselves and she loves writing, traveling, and making the most of her space. 

Anne-Marie is a Senior Lecturer of Law based in West Yorkshire. Prior to entering academia, she worked in both the public and voluntary sectors supporting vulnerable adults, primarily victims of traumatic crime. Anne-Marie has extensive volunteering experience, both in the UK and abroad. She has previously volunteered with The Samaritans, The Red Cross and a small humanitarian agency in Kosovo following the war. In her spare time Anne-Marie loves dancing, sewing and reading. 

Anne-Marie Greenslade
Trustee

Charmaine Lily
Trustee

Charmaine is the director of a Self-Coaching Company called Myself Central which was created & developed by a single mum, who appeared on “Rich Kids Go Skint” back in 2018. She shares her inspirational story of going from being declared homeless and pregnant to following her passions to work on mainstream TV. To date, she has appeared with some of the UK’s biggest comedians and continues to enjoy being part of the ongoing seasons of BBC 2’s The Ranganation.

 

Before starting her company, Myself Central, Charmaine worked in the education industry for over 10 years. Starting with developing the self-esteem of teens with special needs such as ADHD & Autism, through to children with disabilities and moving up in her career to working with teens that need behavioral guidance.

Charmaine felt that building confidence and self-esteem in the youth was so important. And after appearing on "Rich Kids Go Skint" went on to include mums in her CONFIDENCE CAMPAIGN and has since worked with a variety of Charities and within in community and on Social Media as a Motivational Speaker & Coach!

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