Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

From Five People to 'Army' of Staff and Volunteers

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

From Five People to 'Army' of Staff and Volunteers

Article excerpt

WHEN Ruth started RECLAIM she worked in a small team of five.

They relied on the business community for buildings, resources, furniture and tax and payroll training.

There are now 16 full-time staff, as well as an army of volunteers and former students.

"I never thought it would grow this big but the thing I'm most confident about in life is working with young people. I didn't want to be a CEO, it crept up on me. I'm leaving because it's been 10 years.

"For a complete control freak handing over my baby to someone has been a good lesson in letting go.

"I'm really proud of everything I've achieved, lots of leaders stay too long. The organisation is in a strong place, there's a good team who can take it forward, "The young people are fab, they don't need me any more. …

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