The Spikey Project was inspired by a passion for great food combined with the experience of working with young people with autism. It is a pop-up restaurant where the food is made and served to guests with the contribution of paid, skilled autistic young people.
Only 16% of autistic adults are in paid full-time employment. The Spikey Project's mission is to raise awareness, and show how it can help its autistic chefs and waiters to build confidence, gain skills for full-time paid employed and live independently in the future.
I have been supporting the Spikey Project to choose an appropriate governance structure and develop a strategic and sustainable business plan.
"Ruth helped me to fully form the mission and took me through the process to become a CIC. Her mentorship style is positive and motivating. In her hands, everything seems possible."
Rossana Caglia, Founder
Coram Family and Childcare works to make the UK a better place for families through parent-led programmes that support families to access services that meet their needs, research in to the issues faced by families, and campaigns for solutions needed by families.
I led the development of a successful paid-for membership model for a previously government-funded early years programme, including design and implementation of new CRM system to support the sales pipeline.
"Ruth is a great strategic thinker. She transformed our programmes, increasing their impact and reach - while also moving them onto a sustainable footing by diversifying income streams away from grant dependency. Her thoughtful approach means she takes people with her even as she challenges."
Ellen Broomé, former Chief Executive
GMAX Trackstars creates a direct route for young people to acquire the fundamentals of athletics excellence, sportsmanship and teamwork by creating an inspiring mix of social and athletic opportunities and an inclusive learning-friendly environment.
I have been working with GMAX to review its governance structure, produce realistic delivery targets, and create a sustainable business model that incorporates income from its trading entity, Dragonfly Yoga Studios.
Young Citizens is an education charity working in primary and secondary schools to help educate, inspire and motivate the active citizens of tomorrow. Since 1989 they have helped young people understand society’s democratic structures, and the rights and responsibilities of its citizens. And they help young people engage in debates and decision-making processes that affect their futures – from the ramifications of Brexit and global economics, to our electoral systems and beyond.
I supported Young Citizens make a significant shift from government-funding-dependent charity to income-generating social enterprise. By adapting and evolving its well-established programmes, I helped Young Citizens to reach more young people - particularly those from more disadvantaged backgrounds - with a more sustainable business model.
"Ruth played a vital role at Young Citizens (formerly the Citizenship Foundation) as we transitioned from a traditional grant-based charity to a social enterprise model. Her experience and training helped focus the team on making key decisions about which programmes to focus on – and it has stood the test of time.
“She was also part of the team which developed our long-term strategic plan, helping to shape our Theory of Change which has been used as the guide for the monitoring and evaluation of our range of programmes. I have no hesitation in endorsing Ruth; her commitment to the voluntary sector shines through.”
Tom Franklin, Chief Executive