Sheila Freeman is a recent University of Leeds MA Communication and Media graduate. She has a varied background in paid and voluntary work settings, within education, counselling, IAG/careers guidance, community arts and oral history projects, to name but a few. In recent years, she has developed a passion for social research with a widening participation, accessibility and inclusion focus.
Participatory research – especially that which facilitates change for the betterment of marginalised communities and individuals – is a developing interest. During the last year, Sheila worked in social research in the field of social entrepreneurship and greatly enjoyed engaging with leaders of communities who were using their lived experience to tackle challenging social issues and create employment opportunities for themselves, and consequently creating better lives for their families and the wider community.
Writing is her passion, and she has been involved with Leeds Playhouse, as a playwright,
researcher/writer and Creative Engagement Community Ambassador (as well as in the occasional choir performance), for the last few years.
A proud and proactive Chapeltown, Leeds resident, she was privileged to have been a part of the small team involved in the research, museum collection drives and exhibition administration for the wonderful Jamaica Society Eulogy Project, in 2019.