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where it all began

Founder, Ruth Ibegbuna, set up RECLAIM in Moss Side in 2007 out of frustration at seeing so much wasted potential in young people; often written off due to their postcodes or through appallingly low expectations of their outcomes.

RECLAIMs aim, which still drives the charity's work today, was to end the leadership inequality that prevents working-class young people with talent, imagination, ambition and drive, from fulfilling their leadership potential. "We support young people who refuse to be silent: they fight for their voices to be heard". 

RECLAIM - Leading Change

Key campaigns


2008 National Crime Beat Award,

2008 Phillip Lawrence Award,

2008 Peace Activist of the Year Award,

2009 Manchester Woman of the Year (Ruth Ibegbuna),

2010 Plain English Awards,

2012 Phillip Lawrence Award (RECLAIM our Name),

2012 Manchester Young Woman of the Year,

2016 Spirit of Salford Award,

2016 Spirit of Manchester (Samuel Remi Akinwale).

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