Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Ruth began her career as a community activist and gained experience in charities, Scottish Government and local government before founding Comas, a social innovation charity. Comas has pioneered work with people recovering from addiction to prevent relapse and recycling through treatment in the award winning Serenity Café project.
During her fellowship Ruth steered Comas through a period of growth in which several areas of development became national resources and the charity set new goals for working with young people excluded from learning because of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; and exploring opportunities for micro-enterprise amongst the most vulnerable members of communities.
Ruth's research is available here
Personal website/ blog: comas_scotland.silvrback.com/
Current principal role: CEO and Founder
Current principal organisation: Comas
Research: Keep the Vital Spark - burn out in lifeline services in the third sector
Research topics: Health and well-being;
Secondment host: Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council