Meet the Faces behind Freedom Foundation

See the faces and get to know a little about the people behind Freedom Foundation!

Our Founders

 Click on each of our photos to read our bios.

Laura Grant

Co-Director

Who am I 

After a long career in recruitment, I entered into the charity sector over 10 years ago, working for small charities trying to change the world in a big way.  Most recently I worked with children and young people to support healthy relationship education. 

I have a passion for the arts and how music and dance can help us grow confidence, aspiration, and ambition - it can prove you can be anything you want to be. 

What I can offer 

  • Relevant qualifications (mental health, safeguarding etc) 
  • Designated safeguarding lead 
  • Childrens mental health 
  • Criminology BA (Hons) 

Where you can find me 

Ordering coffee at Antenna 

Flying around the East Midlands meeting people 

Why I do what I do 

Because I believe every child should have the chance to live a healthy and happy life. I want to be able to provide knowledge and abilities to enable children and young people to make good choices. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go-to song is…Shine on… Degrees in Motion 

Breathe and Release 

I use the headspace app to listen to mindfulness and do breathing exercises 

I sing in the shower (very often an old Kylie tune) 

My Emoji 

Stacey Green

Co-Director

Who Am I 

I have over 25yrs of experience working within the performing arts industry teaching children and young people. As the Institute of Directors Derbyshire and East Midlands Diversity & Inclusivity Ambassador, my passion is to improve equality and inclusion within dance education whilst supporting young people with their mental health and wellbeing through the power of music and dance. I am also the Co-Founder of TIRED movement CIC and the Principal of Freedom Dance & Performance. 

I started dancing at the age of 4yrs old and I haven't stopped (just a little slower now) and although I loved performing, teaching was always my passion. I have worked with hundreds of children throughout my career and have many ex-students who have gone onto professional training or successfully working in the industry. 

Seeing young people flourish fills my heart, and as long as it is beating I will do my hardest to ensure that every child we work with realises their full potential and recognises that they are enough 

What can I offer? 

  • Relevant qualifications (mental health, safeguarding etc) 
  • Associate ISTD Teacher 
  • Children and Young People Safeguarding 
  • Mental Health First Aid 
  • Autism Awareness 

Where Can You Find Me 

Sat behind the screen working my magic!! 

Why I do what I do 

The simple answer to this is because I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love music, I love to dance and being able to support the next generation to follow their dreams is everything to me 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go-to song is… “Proud Mary”- Tina Turner 

Breath and Release 

Music is my heartbeat, and it is the perfect remedy for any challenges I may face 

My Emoji  

If I was an emoji it would be: 

Because I always try to find the star quality in every young person 

Our Core Team

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Simon Green

Operations Manager

Who Am I 

I worked extensively in the performing arts industry for 17 years, from London's West End to television and film. 

After deciding to eventually move back home to Nottingham from London I began working at The Bulwell Academy where I become a teacher of English. 

As COVID struck, the dimensions of school teaching life took another route and I felt my path lay elsewhere. 

What Can I Offer 

  • Experience of working with children in schools. 
  • Years of experience in the performing arts industry. 
  • Some serious bars on the mic when needed!! 

Where Can You Find Me 

Keeping a watchful eye over the team and the fantastic programmes we deliver in schools. 

Why I Do What I Do 

Huge passion for the children of this generation to be the best version of themselves that they can be. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go-to song is… “Leave it “by Lethal Bizzle 

Breath and Release 

I often at night listen to my sleep hypnosis app as I struggle to switch off at night. 

My Emoji 

Josh Jones

Programmes Co-ordinator

Who Am I 

I’m Josh and I hail from the seaside resort of Llandudno in North Wales. I’m sure you’ve been there on holiday! My background is theatre - from sailing around the world on cruise ships to working in touring shows. 

What Can I Offer? 

  • Level 4 mental health and well-being in children and young adults. 
  • CBT IN TRAINING LEVEL 4 
  • Safeguarding 
  • Making Sense of Autism 

Where Can You Find Me 

  • Holiday Activity Fund 
  • Motivational Mornings 
  • FRED 

Why I Do What I Do 

I’m all about helping people and putting them on the right path, pushing them to fulfil their full potential. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go-to song is…Anything Stevie Wonder 

Breath and Release 

A good game of golf 

My Emoji 

I’m a ray of sunshine and have a bald head lol

Sam Billington

Trusts Co-ordinator

Who Am I 

I’m an experienced charity fundraiser with a specialism in Trusts.  I work with Freedom Foundation to apply for funding to deliver projects. 

I’ve worked in the charity sector for around 12 years with lots of small local charities.  I enjoy working within the charity sector because I like to feel that I’m making a difference. 

On a freelance basis I’ve worked with organisations like Freedom Factory to help them develop their infrastructure, helping them to be ready to apply for funding from charitable trusts and foundations. 

What Can I Offer? 

  • All things fundraising. 
  • Anything administrative - I’m great at problem solving and finding solutions to help improve processes. 
  • Databases and tech - I love a database and how it can help to manage relationships. 
  • Policies and procedures. 

Where Can You Find Me 

At my laptop writing bids! 

Why I Do What I Do 

To make a difference for children and young people.  If I can bring in the funds to deliver more projects and make a change to a young person’s life this makes me happy. 

If In Doubt, Dance It Out 

My go-to song is…This changes all the time! Let’s go with Candy by Cameo 

Breathe and Release 

Music is my go-to for running, helping me run faster and making me happy!  Music has been my therapist when I’ve been sad and helps me to feel happy and ready to face the world.  Music is there so I can dance with friends and when I want to imagine I’m the star of my own show 😉 

My Emoji

Francesca Tuitt

Programmes Co-ordinator

Who Am I 

Hi, my name is Fran, I am a fun, outgoing, loving and crazy human who dances and sings around the house all the time. 

I have been in the performing arts and music industry for 12 years and am a trained dancer, singer and actor. 

I began my training at a local dance school in Nottingham. I then went on to train at Clarendon College, before I decided to take my training abroad and I went to Los Angeles where I danced alongside some of the best choreographers in the world. Finally, I received my degree from Bird College in London. 

My career has been very varied and taken me all around the world. From being lead singer and dancer of a cabaret show in Cyprus, to a lead singer for a band in Bahrain. 

Alongside performing, I have always taught, and I love what I do. 

What Can I Offer? 

I have been teaching for over 10 years and can offer the children we teach a lot of help and knowledge; not only in the arts, but also techniques and methods to help them increase their self-esteem and self-worth. 

Where Can You Find Me 

The programmes I deliver include: 

  • Freedom Factory 
  • Motivational Mornings 
  • Whatsup 
  • Funky Tots

Why I Do What I Do 

I chose to work for Freedom Foundation because I love the ethos behind the organisation and I believe it is so important for young people to understand the effects of social media, especially on their mental health. Seeing the change and development in the young people I have taught is amazing and heart-warming. 

I have witnessed children’s self-esteem and confidence increase through the programmes we teach and there is nothing more remarkable than seeing young people thrive, love, and accept themselves for who they are. 

If In Doubt, Dance it Out   

My go-to song is…Flowers - sweet female attitude 

Breath and Release 

There is nothing better than listening to some chilled music, singing and relaxing when I feel stressed. 

My Emoji 

I would choose this emoji because I am loving and happy 🙂 

Joe Johnson

Graphics and Multimedia Designer

Who I am 

Self-taught digital wizard and creator of my own little worlds with 9+ years of experience. 

What I Can Offer 

The world, the universe? The only limitations are your imagination and budget. 

Where You Can Find Me 

www.thedizzle.co.uk 

Breathe and Release 

I watch things to get a better understanding of the relationship between video and audio, how they drive emotions and how to use them in my work to tell a story. 

My Emoji 

Danielle Brown

Programmes Co-ordinator

Who Am I 

I am a trained dancer who has travelled, performed, and gained experience in the dance and fitness industry over the last 15 years. I’m also a mummy to a beautiful little boy who inspires me every day to be the best I can be. I absolutely love to dance and use it to escape from the world and release my emotions. 

What Can I Offer? 

I have always challenged myself and studied throughout my career gaining knowledge and qualifications in fitness, dance, and mental health. I currently have a Level 2 in Fitness and Exercise, CASHE Level 2 in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health, various Safeguarding as well as Suicide and Self Harm Awareness Certificates. This enables me to provide better support to those I work with and an all-round more knowledgeable teacher/adviser. 

Where Can You Find Me 

I have previously delivered many of the Freedom Foundation Programmes including: - Freedom Factories in Junior and Senior schools, Motivational Mornings, Funky Tots, Release, as well as one to one Mentoring and Admin Support. 

Why I Do What I Do 

Without dance and music, I honestly don’t know where I'd be today, I have danced since I was 16 and never looked back - it’s my way of escaping and releasing the everyday stresses of life and it really does support my Mental Health and Wellbeing. I understand the benefits of music and dance because I have lived with it and it’s so rewarding to see others seek enjoyment doing the same. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go-to song is…I’ll bring you flower in the pouring rain! 

Breath and Release 

I use music as a way to positively impact my mood and I often recognise when I need a break - sometimes we just need a reset to clear our mind and help look at things with a better mindset. 

My Emoji 

Winking tongue out - because you're never too old to be silly! 

Katy Goodwin

Programmes Assistant

Who Am I 

I graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2019 with a degree in Theatre Design. I started as an intern with Freedom Foundation in Autumn 2020, then became a volunteer before working freelance for Freedom Foundation as a Marketing and Communications Assistant. Outside of Freedom Foundation I also work as a freelance theatre designer and social media officer. 

What Can I Offer? 

  • Assistance with Marketing and social media 
  • Admin Tasks 

Where Can You Find Me 

Mostly in front of my laptop creating content for social media, marketing, and communications. 

Why I Do What I Do 

I do marketing and communications so we can get the message out about Freedom Foundation and make sures everyone knows what an amazing organisation we are! 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go-to song is…Born This Way - Lady Gaga 

Breath and Release 

If I’m feeling stressed or anxious, I like to go for a walk 

My Emoji 

It just makes me feel warm and happy!

Steve Fox

Book Keeper

Who Am I 

I’m Steve. Nottingham based Bookkeeper, Forest ST holder, Junglist and all-round terrible golfer. Adoring husband, proud father of two and grandad to the two most beautiful grandchildren in the world (don’t @ me).  

Jungle and Drum & Bass lover and DJ since its inception (yeah yeah I’m old). I don’t have any real history in dance unless you choose to include the one-footed skank. Which if I’m being honest should be a section on Strictly.  

Love most other electronic music as well as lots of alt rock (Interpol, The Cure, The National, The Horrors etc). 

Bookkeeping for two years. Before then numerous roles in the logistics and transport sector and a ten-year stint in the travel industry. 

What is My Skill Set 

Numbers mostly.  

Playing Jungle/Drum and Bass (Syncing is cheating). 

Bang average Sim racer. 

24 handicap golfer. 

Certificate in Physics – Uni of Nottingham. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

Oh God, I can’t pick one. 

  • How not to drown – Chvrches feat Robert Smith 
  • Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National 
  • N.H.S. (Disco Mix) – Doc Scott 
  • The Helicopter Tune – Deep Blue 

Breathe and Release 

Getting on the driving range and hitting lots of golf balls really hard helps me with stress though listening to 174 bpm drum and bass also actually calms my mind. 

My Emoji 

Amrit Virdi

Marketing Assistant

Who Am I 

I am an English and History graduate from the University of Nottingham, and I am currently studying for my MA in Magazine Journalism. I have recently joined Freedom Foundation as a Marketing and PR Assistant, and I also do freelance journalism on the side. 

 

What is My Skill Set 

My skills lie in social media and copywriting, and anything Marketing or content-creation related 

 

Where Can You Find Me 

Making posts for socials as well as Marketing and PR content! 

 

Why I do what I do 

I think that the work that Freedom Foundation does is amazing, and I love the fact that I get to raise awareness of it via social media! 

 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

Anything Taylor Swift!  

 

Breathe and Release 

 I like to destress by taking bubble baths, reading or watching my favourite comfort shows (mostly Gossip Girl). I am a huge music fan, so I have many playlists of my favourite chill songs, and I also like to play slower records on my record player when I need to destress. 

 

My Emoji 

🤩 Mainly because it is my most used emoji, and shows my reaction to most things – I’m very easily surprised! 

Jenny Rhodes

Jenny Rhodes

Volenteer

Bio coming soon!

Nathaniel Kelly 

AP Lead

Who Am I : AP Lead 

What is My Skill Set : Specialised delivery of mentoring sessions, Understanding the importance of education, Understanding the barriers to learning and being successful. 

Where Can You Find Me: 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do: 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out: Tems Ft Wizkid – Essence  

Breathe and Release:Take 10 minutes out of the day to sit and meditate to find things in life to be grateful for.  

My Emoji :

 Life’s to sort to not smile and laugh.  

Our Facilitators

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Ellie Kinsey 

Who Am I 

A professional dancer, teacher, performer, and choreographer. I’m a member of Boy Blue Entertainment and JME Dance Company.  And I love music, dance, gymnastics and anything in the arts!  

 What Can I Offer? 

Hip-hop, Hip-Hop freestyle, street dance styles, choreography, creating.  

Where Can You Find Me 

  • Freedom Factory 
  • Release  
  • HAF Projects  

 

Why I Do What I Do 

I feel my purpose is to teach others… I love sharing my skills & inspiring the next generation and being a part of growth. I also love creating, collaborating, and exchanging with other artists and performers.  

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go-to song is…Lauryn Hill ‘Doo Wop’  

Breath and Release 

Listening to songs that I can relate too… relating with the emotion that I’m feeling at that time… it makes me feel calm & understood.  

Dancing & freestyling always helps me too!  

My Emoji 

Sophie Ball

Bio coming soon!

Rachael Williams

Who Am I  Rae / Miss Rae   

What Can I Offer? 

 Dance and movement  

Where Can You Find Me   

Delivering the Release Holiday Programme  

Why I Do What I Do   

As a Dance facilitator I work on different Dance styles to create performance pieces and build young people's confidence working on many skills from timing to performance techniques.   

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go-to song is…Anything from the one and only Missy Elliot  

Breath and Release   

Find a space, lock myself away and Dance!  

My Emoji   

👑 Crown Emoji

I would be the crown emoji because I have learnt how important it is to know your worth! 

Anna Malik

Who Am I 

Hi, I’m Anna and I love to Act!  

I’ve always loved performing and trained at Birmingham School of Acting graduating with a BA (HONS) in Acting. After graduating I worked both in theatre (as an Actress, Director, Producer) and as a Workshop Leader, devising and delivering inspirational creative learning projects for 1000’s of children and young adults since 2005. I am passionate about using The Arts to include and empower young people from all socio-economic backgrounds and believe the arts are for everyone.   

My own desire to explore, discover and learn was encouraged through my creative education and career, now I strive to ensure the next generation are well rounded, happy, confident individuals that love learning. That’s important right! So, I’m here to support and inspire these creative, freethinkers helping them succeed in their chosen career paths (whatever they may be) whilst having lots of fun along the way!    

What Can I Offer? 

My workshop delivery expertise lies in storytelling, choral movement, voice, script, and physical theatre. – My superpower is as a confidence coach: building up young people’s self-esteem so they can use their unique voice to positively take on life’s challenges and confidently discover their place in the world.   

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering the Hydro-FRED Project 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out   

My go-to song is…So many! – loving ‘Non-Stop’ from Hamilton at the moment also…  

Pharrell Williams – Happy 🥳 

Breathe and Release   

Breath – Mini mediation, Thai chi, Visualisations, and physical exercise – moving, gym, swim, walk…. I’ve recently started journaling too   

Music is such a powerful tool; the right piece of music lifts my mood and takes me to a place of calm in a few bars… I have go-to pieces that literally make my shoulders drop and remind me to breath…relax….   

I also use uplifting music / ‘bangers’ 😂 –to relax in a different way… move away from stress – they transport me back to times of happiness and give me that endorphin hit that physically helps my body to de-stress…they make you dance too which obviously is a great way to let out frustrations or lose yourself for a moment. 💃🏼 

My Emoji   

 The party popper emoji…it might not look like much, you don’t know what is going to happen or when… but when the time is right and the magic is released BOOM, colour, noise, movement!   

Amazing things happen…. It’s also the one I use most. Lol – who doesn’t love a party popper! (Maybe the person who has to clean it!) 

Emmanuel Olih

Who Am I 

Emmanuel Olih  

What can I offer? 

  • Singer/Rapper  
  • Songwriter   
  • Artist   
  • Teacher  

Why I Do What I Do   

To help kids improve in song writing and singing and expressing themselves in a healthy and safe environment, while guiding them to help understand themselves and the world better   

Where You Can Find Me 

Delivering junior Freedom Factory and the Hydro-FRED project 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out   

My go-to songs are…   

  • Antenna by Fuse ODG  
  • Alingo by Psquare  
  • Vibration by Fireboydml  

Breathe and Release   

I listen to certain songs that calm my mind and help give me perspective on what I’m going through and where I’m at.  I’ve always found music to be the most calming thing in the world. 

My Emoji   

I’d choose the fire emoji because I’m lethal but bright and fierce 

Issy Whittaker

Issy Whittaker

Bio coming soon!

Priya Vaghala

Who Am I 

An ardent enthusiast and lover of the Performing Arts, having studied it at A-Levels too. I have worked with children for the last 3 years and have found my love for inspiring and uplifting them. 

What Can I Offer? 

I can make a meaningful connection with anyone just with conversation and make a lasting impression on them 

Where Can You Find Me 

 Delivering the Hydro-FRED project 

Why I Do What I Do 

I want to inspire children to gain confidence in themselves and their future and add value to their education and personal development. (And also provide fun and laugher to them!) 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out   

My go-to song is ANYTHING BOLLYWOOD, the music is just *chef’s kiss 

Breath and Release 

I have a playlist for all moods and situations of life. When I feel stressed, I like to go for a walk in the sun with some good songs in my ears. 

My Emoji 

This emoji describes me a bit too well

Mary Glowacka

Who Am I   

I am a university student doing a psychology with counselling course. I came here to study from Poland with my twin sister and our best friend. I have been dancing since I was around 5 years old and it has been a huge part of my life ever since. I also enjoy travelling, horse riding and baking. I believe anything which involves a creative approach positively impacts us as individuals.  

What Can I Offer?   

My main interest, which I fell in love with when I was young, is dance. Throughout my life I have done rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance, dancehall, salsa, hip hop, street dance and high heels. I am continuing my dance journey and try my best to expand my experience within various genres. Putting myself out of my comfort zone in that way allows me to grow and gain more and more knowledge.  

Where Can You Find Me   

I deliver Freedom Foundations Holiday Activity Fund Programme, including Release Holiday Club  

Why I Do What I Do   

Dance has always been a form of expression for me. It allowed me to process thoughts and emotions through movement and music, letting my mind and body be free in those moments. Additionally, simply brings me happiness and lets me be my true self and connect within my deepest self.  

If in Doubt, Dance it Out   

My go-to song is…All strong, female artists! :)  

Breath and Release   

Music, being a powerful tool especially when destressing and wanting to have a moment to yourself, can be very healing. Whether it is listening to a slower song and processing things within yourself in your head or putting on a livelier song and just dancing in front of the mirror! Both forms of coping in difficult situations bring peace and help with your overall mood.  

My Emoji   

If I were an emoji I would be a fairy. I believe each of us is here to put in just this little bit of magic out into the world and I would really love to share my magic with you. :)  

Tristan Lowe 

Who Am I 

I am a music artist and musician from Nottingham. 

What Can I Offer? 

Singing, guitar, songwriting, music recording and performing live both in a group and as a solo performer. 

Where Can You Find Me 

 Delivering the Hydro-FRED project and Holiday Activities Fund programme 

Why I Do What I Do 

I believe in the power of creativity. I believe creativity can help significantly with development and emotional and mental health, whether you are creating your own music or covering an already existing song it can help with your emotions and mental health. I also find that it helps in letting things off your chest and talking about things you've gone through and stuff that matters to you.  

If in Doubt, Dance it Out   

There are many songs that I could put here as it usually depends on the mood I'm in at the time, but I'd have to say it's a three way tie between Afterthought By Joji, If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know) By The 1975 and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. 

Breath and Release 

I usually either make music or just listen to Lo-Fi tracks on playlists or mixes. I find that Lo-Fi music relaxes me a lot and even sends me to sleep sometimes.  

My Emoji 

🎸 Guitar Emoji

I would probably say the guitar emoji  because who doesn't like to just rock out every now and again. I also use the Yin and Yang emojis because they represent my motto/phrase that I use as an artist "Heart & Mind".

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Sophie Lisi

Who Am I 

I am a singing teacher based in Derbyshire! I have been teaching for 6 years and thoroughly enjoy my practice.  

What is My Skill Set 

Something that I pride myself on and also enjoy teaching is correct vocal placement and seeing and hearing how this transforms a sound. I also really enjoy looking at what different types of music suggest and how they make you feel.  

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do 

Growing up, I loved Performing Arts and singing. I was able to look at different characters and settings and apply this to my own life. I used to be very shy, but looking at different contexts and characters’ ways of dealing with things enabled me to explore lots of emotions, which helped me deal with mine. I also grew up being told that Performing Arts was a silly thing to study. How wrong people were! I love teaching the importance of Performing Arts and the transferable skills it equips us with. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out 

No One is Alone – Into the Woods. This beautiful song serves as a reminder that although we may make mistakes and feel helpless at times, there will always be someone there to guide us. 

Breath and Release 

I like to take 5-10 minutes to read positive quotes. When scrolling through the internet, if I see a quote I agree with, I will screenshot it and add it to an album on my phone. There are lots of uplifting ones in there that help to make me feel better about whatever it is I am experiencing. 

My Emoji 

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The white heart – I use it all the time and I think it symbolises purity and love. Loving purely and truly is something I practice every single day and I believe that this contributes to a focused, positive mindset! 

Rhianna White

What is My Skill Set 

I love being in performing arts because it helps me find who I am each day and learn new things about myself and I would love to help and encourage young people to find themselves through their own journey.

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do 

Growing up, I loved Performing Arts and singing. I was able to look at different characters and settings and apply this to my own life. I used to be very shy, but looking at different contexts and characters’ ways of dealing with things enabled me to explore lots of emotions, which helped me deal with mine. I also grew up being told that Performing Arts was a silly thing to study. How wrong people were! I love teaching the importance of Performing Arts and the transferable skills it equips us with. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out 

My go to song is Sunshine by TIEKS this is because it's such a happy dance song with a good beat and I feel the sunshine makes a lot of people happy.

Breath and Release 

If I am feeling stressed I like to take myself from a busy crowd and listen to some music and because I love musical theatre I will put my favourite album on which is the bonnie & Clyde soundtrack. Then I will, think about all the things that are stressing me out and write bullet points. I will go through them and ask myself which ones are in my control , then when T have that list I plan how I will resolve the issue.

My Emoji 

 I would be because I feel this is a welcoming love emoji as I feel that people can speak to me about anything and that I would listen and help them as much as I can. Or if anybody needs a friend I'm here to be that person .

Chiara De Vivo Facilitator

Who Am I

Hi, my name is Chiara and I love to sing! I am currently studying Music and Spanish at university. 

What is My Skill Set 

While I was at school, I was involved in many Musical Theatre clubs where we did singing, dance and drama. I then did a course in ‘Music Performance and Song Writing’ at Confetti college where I developed my Pop and RnB style and did things like write and record my own EP. I enjoy singing in a wide range of styles and in different languages. On my music course at Uni so far, my vocal training has concentrated on Classical, Pop and Jazz songs in a mixture of Spanish, Italian and English!  

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do 

I would love to be able to have a hand in developing a young person’s confidence and self-esteem the same way many of my performance teachers did for me. I love that the Freedom Foundation focuses on teaching the effects of social media on mental health, it is a very important message today that I wish everyone could be more aware of.

If in Doubt, Dance it Out 

My go-to song is Unbreakable Smile by Tori Kelly.

Breath and Release 

Singing and playing guitar always relaxes me.  

My Emoji 

Megan Goodman

Who Am I 

 I am 20 years old and currently studying my BA in Performing Arts after previously studying a Level 3 ext diploma in Musical Theatre. When I am not at uni I work as a free lance performer in many different settings from children’s entertainment to street performance. 

What is My Skill Set 

 I have danced from the age of four and have training in many different areas of dance including Jazz, Commercial, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Ballet, MT Jazz and Street Dance. I have previously taught dance and theatre at a local dance academy, I taught a variety of lesson types with a variety of abilities.   

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do 

I find that dance classes are so beneficial for children of all ages for many reasons. Getting children active in a fun and supportive environment is my main aim as a teacher. I love to bring a sense of positivity and motivation into a classroom and the reward is seeing children develop in both confidence and ability!  

If in Doubt, Dance it Out 

My go to song is definitely Six from The Musical Six, I’m a huge musical theatre fan and this one has just the best vibes, and it’s just such a fun song!  

Breath and Release 

I’m really into yoga and meditation, it just allows me to take the time to breath and be focused on my self and my body and what it needs. I always find that doing a super quick meditation session at the end of a class is a great way to cool down! Music is also really key in allowing me to relax I have a specific playlist for these exact points when I just need five minutes to myself, I feel really passionate about allowing yourself points in the week to dedicate to relaxation and reconnecting with your mind and body. 

My Emoji 

If I was an emoji I would probably be the yellow heart emoji (💛) I feel like it just represents kindness and positivity and I like to think that’s what I reflect out into the world!  

Tehillah Napier

Who Am I

I am a fun, friendly and outgoing person who loves interacting and meeting new people. 

What is My Skill Set

My skills are dancing, problem solving and anything creative. 

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do 

I enjoy dancing because it allows me to express myself and I always feel so free and powerful when I dance. I also enjoy team building games because I love to work as part of a team. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

Doja Cat ‘Woman’ 

Breath and Release 

To help with stress I enjoy meditating or going for a 5-minute walk. Sometimes just closing my eyes and taking in long deep breaths and releasing also does the trick! 

 

My Emoji 

I would be the dancing emoji as I’m always at my happiest when my feet are moving and the music is grooving. 

Hannah Williams

Who Am I 

Hi, I’m  Hannah! 

I have lots of energy and a “give it a go” attitude- it’s the fun that counts! I am physically active, musical, enjoy socialising, a huge foodie, and I love nature and taking photos of it. I like to sing whilst working, walking around, in my house, in my car, in the shower- basically anywhere! 

I am passionately driven by helping other people, animals, and charitable causes. I think everyone deserves equal opportunities and should get the support they need in order to achieve what they want to achieve. 

I always have good intentions with everything I do, and I am currently learning to be in touch with my gut instinct and follow my intuition! 

As somebody who has struggled socially and in other aspects of life since my childhood, I am very open-minded, and I believe we should “never judge a book by its cover”!

What is My Skill Set 

  • Singing  
  • Paediatric first aid 
  • Safeguarding  
  • Education Studies degree  
  • Music A Level 
  • Singing  
  • Music theory  
  • Level 2 fitness instructing  
  • A lot of energy!  
  • Some understanding and experience of working with children with additional behavioural needs or learning difficulties and neurodiversity 
  • A passion for mental health. 

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do 

As somebody who has ADHD and Anxiety Disorder, I am incredibly passionate about mental health and wellbeing, particularly during childhood and adolescence, as well as “levelling the playing field” to provide everybody with equal opportunities. I love helping people and doing anything that may have a positive impact on someone’s life. I also think dancing or movement to music is exercise that anyone of any ability can benefit from and enjoy. 

 I feel that programmes such as those run by Freedom Foundation provide excellent opportunities for children and young people to build their self-confidence, discover more about themselves, and learn how to express their thoughts and feelings. I have always found it difficult to make friends, and I think the social aspects of any group activity are beneficial to people of all demographics, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Furthermore, I am of firm belief that everyone can follow their dreams and achieve what they want to achieve, even if they follow a different process and journey to the one society expects. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out 

Anything upbeat, but something like ‘Let’s get physical’ by Dua Leaper  or ‘Rock Star’ by Pink is always good for dancing out stress.  To be honest, I’ll attempt to dance to anything lively! 

Breath and Release 

I exercise to deal with stress- physical activity is my only real coping mechanism.  I also sing very loudly! I especially love to listen to meaningful songs. I also like to listen positive things in my life when I’m feeling down. 

My Emoji 

A rainbow emoji, or when I’m in a party mood I’d be the dancing emoji 🌈💃🏼 

 

Francesca (Hoi Ching Tin)

Hello! I’m Franseca and I come from HONG KONG. I’m a dance teacher and I started to dance when I was 3 years old. I enjoy working with children and I’ve been teaching children dancing for more than 5 years. 

What is My Skill Set 

Teaching dance styles of Jazz ,Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk. 

Where Can You Find Me 

Holiday Activity Fund 

Why I do what I do 

I love dancing so much because dancing can improve your mood while you learn, move, and perform. I would like to share dancing skills with everyone and let them know how fun dancing is! 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go to song is…Fight Song —— Rachel Platten 

Breath and Release 

I will listen  to music because I can feel the music express the exact emotion that I feel. Music can help us identify with our own emotions. I also love dancing or talking with my friends.

My Emoji 

Keep your passion alive! 

Ilayada Yatar

Who Am I 

I am an exceptionally motivated individual talented at creative and innovative thinking, leadership, and critical thinking. I am very passionate about music, dance, voluntary work and supporting young people to blossom and thrive in their communities!

What is My Skill Set 

My skills vary but were all formed through voluntary and extra-curriculum work. I learned a lot regarding safeguarding and child protection through delivering voluntary counselling, which earned me two Diana Awards. My passion to teach came with volunteering for Barnardo’s and local councils to support young people through various policies and programmes. I also studied Music Performance and Songwriting, which allows me to pass on my knowledge to others and inspire them through music! 

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do 

My love for creativity, music and dance as a form of socialisation, expression, enjoyment and fulfilment is what inspires me to teach this to others. I have been a student in singing, piano and dance from a very young age, and have always done it for enjoyment over anything else. I remain eternally grateful for what this did for my wellbeing in my younger years and would love to see this happen for others. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go to song is… Survivor by Destiny’s Child

Breath and Release 

When I am stressed, I like to listen to music and sing it all out! Music is relaxing to me as it often reminds me that I am not alone in anything I am going through. Knowing I can easily find relatable songs that reflect my emotions is very grounding for me to enjoy when taking some time out for myself. 

My Emoji 

If I were an emoji, I would be this one! 😌 

This is because I love how smug, cheeky and silly this one looks! I feel like it represents me well, as I am perseverant and like to treat obstacles as nothing more than challenges. Bring it on! 

Perri Burton

Bio coming soon!

Marly-Rae Gaunt

Bio coming soon!

Neve Mcguiness-Dyce

Bio coming soon!

Charlie Roberts

Bio coming soon!

Sophie Corner

Bio coming soon!

Cherish Johnson

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Freya Wilkins

Bio coming soon!

Peridot Fauna Foot 

Who Am I

I am non binary and use they/them pronouns 🙂 I have a background in dance and drama and I hope to one day become a creative arts therapist! 

What is My Skill Set

Dance, Drama, Songwriting, Singing, Art, Poetry, music analysis, therapeutic creative arts activities  

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do

I am an Assistant Facilitator hoping to become a Lead Facilitator one day 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out 

Holocene-Bon Iver if i’m feeling more contemporary/lyrical, September-Earth, Wind and Fire when I want to boogie! 

Breathe and Release

Listen to podcasts, listen to music, sing, dance, cook, bake, bikeride  

My Emoji

🥰 Because I am filled with love and kindness 🙂 

Lauryn Brewin

Bio coming soon!

Amanda Kirkland

Who Am I

I am a Dance and Drama teacher from Leicester. 

What is My Skill Set 

I trained at the Leicester College of Performing Arts and graduated with Honours in professional Musical Theatre but specialise in Ballet, Jazz and Tap. I have since worked as a Professional Performer for seven years in several countries such as Cyprus, Egypt and the Caribbean to name a few. The most recent credits include Carnival Cruise Lines, Kanika Entertainment, Gold Star Productions and Richardson's Holiday Villages. Nowadays I work as a Musical Theatre/Dance facilitator and resident teacher for a variety of companies including Dance Network, Premier Education, Megan Lewis School of Dance and Creative Flair. I can also speak two languages fluently. English and British Sign Language which I use to direct D/deaf theatre productions. If you want to learn how to spell your name in BSL come and ask me. 

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do

I love working with children and getting them passionate about performing arts.  

If in Doubt, Dance it Out 

my go to song is – I want it that way – Backstreet boys 

Breathe and Release 

When I’m stressed, I like to clean, have nice food and relax.  

My Emoji

😊 because I'm friendly 

Aaliyah Brown

Aaliyah Brown

Who Am I 

I am 24 years old with a background in music and performing. I have played the flute from the age of 6 and I am self-taught in piano and guitar. I also sing! I have been singing from the age of 11 and have entered many contests and performed at many charity events and organisation events. 

I stopped performing at around the age of 15 because I wanted to learn more about the production side of music, I studied music production and sound engineering and worked with bands/artists recording and mixing their songs. I currently produce and write my own music while occasionally mixing others work when I have the time! 

I now, alongside Freedom Foundation, work for a performing arts organisation for children with disabilities, I am the music teacher there. I have come to the realisation that teaching is my greatest passion and it feel great to be able to share my love of music to enhance children’s lives. 

What Can I Offer? 

  • Music production degree 
  • Grade 5 flute and music theory 
  • Mental health level 2 
  • Safeguarding 
  • First aid 

 

Where Can You Find Me 

I deliver Junior and Senior Freedom Factories and Motivational Mornings. 

Why I Do What I Do 

Seeing children grow and progress in their own ways through the help of music is always great to see. I love that I can be a part of that journey and help them learn to express themselves 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

My go-to song is…“Just a touch of love”- slave 

Breath and Release 

Music is a great relaxer for me I like to listen to jazz or ambient music to help me relax while I knit ! 

My Emoji 

If I was an emoji it would be: 

Because I always try to spread love wherever I go !

Tayla Yeomans

Tayla Yeomans

Who Am I 

I am Tayla! I am 18 and have been working for freedom for a year, I am a dancer, singer and actress! 

What is My Skill Set 

 My skill is mainly musical theatre  

Where Can You Find Me 

The factories  

HAF 

Freedom release  

Why I do what I do 

Because it makes me happy to be able to help children with their confidence, for the chance to learn to dance, sing and write songs and know they are all amazing! 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out  

Where did you go (Jax Jones) 

Breath and Release 

I listen to calm classical music, to calm me down, I do the breathing techniques and eat! 

My Emoji 

🥳Because I am fun and love a dance! 

Natea Joseph

Natea Joseph

Bio coming soon!

Millie Terry

Millie Terry

Bio coming soon!

Amy Jones

Amy Jones

Bio coming soon!

Isabel Burnett

Isabel Burnett

Who Am I? 

I am 18 years old, studying sport science at the university of Leeds and I have danced at freedom dance and performance for 11 years now. 

What is My Skill Set? 

I would say my skill set are people skills as I am good at working with other colleagues and the people involved with the job. 

Where Can You Find Me? 

I have delivered programmes with HAF for two summers now. 

Why I do what I do 

I want to help improve young people’s mental health and provide support for them. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out 

Break my soul – Beyonce  

Breathe and Release 

Listen to my favourite music and just relax on my bed with slow breathing. 

My Emoji 

☺️ as I am good at encouraging and supporting people. 

Jada Casey Bell-Green

Who Am I 

I am 21 years old, and i live in Nottingham. 

What is My Skill Set 

My Skill is Singing and Dance. 

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do 

 I work as an assistant for the leader, i help children to be more confident within themselves and help them breakthrough with any struggles that they deal with on a daily basis. Why i do it is because i struggled with mental health and it is really heart-warming for me to help kids and see them progress and rise to their full potential. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out   

My go to song i let to dance out to is either “shut up and dance with me” by Walk the Moon or “no regrets” by Dappy. 

Breathe and Release 

I sing on a singing app called “Smule”, you get to sing or act out a scene from movies you like. It makes me feel happy. I do this if i’d get upset and doing this makes me happy or laugh even. 

And normally if i get stress, i’d normally have a relaxing bath with lavender oils and salts, or i either meditate which does help alot. 

My Emoji 

🐬 Dolphin Emoji

My emoji would be a dolphin not only are they my favorite animals, they are playful i can be playful because i just get this burst of energy out of nowhere and it needs to be released. Also they are blue, blue is my favorite color as well. 

Nana Agyeiwaa-Boateng

Nana Agyeiwaa-Boateng

Bio coming soon!

Natalie Morrison

Natalie Morrison

Who Am I 

I am a qualified primary school teacher with eight years of experience in mainstream primary schools and more recently, in SEN schools. I am musical and I am currently training to become a qualified music therapist.  

Throughout my personal life, working life and music therapy training I have been inspired countless times by the impact that music can have on individuals, groups and communities. Music is powerful and I am enjoying my journey to becoming a qualified music therapist. 

What is My Skill Set 

Working as a reception teacher for five years enabled me to develop a firm knowledge and understanding of the needs of children aged 4-5. Whilst working as a music teacher I enjoyed teaching weekly whole class music lessons to all pupils in school (ages 3-11). I also have experience as a supply teacher in mainstream primary and SEN schools, working with students up to 18 years of age. 

I am a keyboard player/ pianist and I have experience of playing at churches, concerts, weddings, christenings, to accompany gospel choirs and singers.  

I tutor one to one beginner keyboard and piano lessons online. I also tutor phonics and early reading. 

Where Can You Find Me 

Delivering various Freedom Foundation Programmes

Why I do what I do 

I love working with children and seeing them shine. I also love music. At each release club I see children develop in confidence and gain new skills in singing, dancing, writing poetry/ raps/ songs and more. I love nurturing and encouraging children’s creativity and the programme that has been developed by Freedom Foundation helps to spur on each child in their unique creativity. 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out 

A song that I love to join in with a line dance at a family party to is Candy by Cameo. 

Breathe and Release 

Listening to music whilst on long journeys or to relax at home can help me to de-stress. I also find long walks in nature relaxing. Journalling is something I also like to do to help dump what’s on my mind and de-stress. I also enjoy theatre shows and live music concerts. I also find that playing the keyboard/piano at home can help me to feel relaxed.  

My Emoji 

If I were an emoji I would choose 😁 because I like to smile. 

Zahra Sullivan

Zahra Sullivan

Bio coming soon!

Nana Afua Agyeiwaa-Boateng

Who Am I/ Bio

Hey! My name’s Nana Afua but everyone calls me Afia (A-fee-ya). I’m second-year university student at the LSE, born and raised in Nottingham. Dance, Arts, and music have always been my passion and I love children. I’ve basically grown-up dancing, singing, and playing music and I truly love it.

What is My Skill Set

My main skills and dancing/choreographing, singing and creative writing. I love getting in touch with my creative side. Communication and learning about people are also part of my skillset. No two people, young or old, are the same so talking to people and learning from them is something I’ve learned to be good at and enjoy.

Where Can You Find Me

I mainly deliver HAF and the Release programmes in the Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire areas.

Why I do what I do

I love expressing myself creatively and throughout my life I’ve realised how truly powerful that is. Freedom Foundation is an organisation that supports that idea for young people. Today, growing up as a young person is becoming more complicated with social media, mental health challenges and the difficulty of beginning to learn about themselves. I know that giving young people the space to express and understand themselves sets them up to grow and become better versions of themselves. Leading young people through different creative activities allows me to see that change first-hand. Regardless of the group of young people I’m with, they always prove to themselves and everyone around them that they are incredible in so many ways. Seeing that constantly keeps me going.

 

If in Doubt, Dance it Out

(my go to song is…) - Sure Thing Remix – Miguel

Breathe and Release

What helps with stress in either dancing it out, going to the gym, singing my heart out or simply sleeping. It’s incredible what the power of food and nap can do!

My Emoji

it never hurts to show love in every situation you’re in, I resonate with this emoji a lot