about The Team
A proud Yorkshire lass (with Kiwi heritage), honorary Mancunian, and a lover of Irn-Bru. Becky has a longstanding background working to remove the barriers that lie ahead of far too many young people achieving their goals, whatever those goals may be. As someone who didn't attend University and who understands the impact that not having a degree can have in terms of career prospects, she is also a keen champion of non-graduate talent. Also, LOVES dogs, Rugby League and the Sea.
Michael joined RECLAIM through the Rank Foundation and Time to Shine programme as a youth worker, quickly realising that youth work was what he loved to do. Supporting young people with their mental health, celebrating their successes and empowering them to fight the good fight against the barriers and inequalities that many working-class young people face is his aim. Outside of work, he can be found with his nose in a book or watching films from around the world.
Community Programmes Manager
Issy has been at RECLAIM as a Youth Worker since 2019 before working her way up to be Programmes Manager. Issy manages the programmes at RECLAIM and the Youth Workers so every day can be so different. She came from a teaching background which helped her realise youth work is what she loves to do. Issy loves seeing young people grow and move onto things that they are passionate about.
Outside of work, Issy loves to play badminton, get herself to the gym and go to theatres.
Sophie is driven by a determination to make systemic change. Her background as an English teacher gave her an insight into the vast inequalities and challenges faced by young working-class people in Manchester and - through her position as a youth worker on the Full Time Fierce programme - she aims to empower and enable young people to overcome the barriers imposed by society and create meaningful change. Also a lover of books, plays, cats and spooky films.
Head of Campaigns
Katie has spent the last two decades organising with young people to disrupt the post-16 education system, working across policy, union organising, campaigns and training. She is passionate about how working-class young people leading radical change in our education system can build solidarity, and is currently doing a part-time PhD exploring anarchism and further education. If she was ever on Mastermind, her specialist subject would be Antarctica.
Senior Youth Worker
Kofi Gyamfi is RECLAIM’s new Senior Youth Worker. Kofi has delivered youth work across Greater Manchester. They are passionate about empowering young people, especially through the use of creativity. Kofi comes from a creative background, is a published poet, a spoken word artist, a musician and all round creative.
A proud member of RECLAIM Project Ltd, Lima joined in 2017 and is from Manchester. As a finance officer, Lima deals with day to day finance functions including purchase invoices, bank reconciliation, management accounts and payroll. She loves to play with numbers, plants and nature.