Ruth grew up in Cumbria on the west coast and then in Carlisle. After finishing her A Levels she took a gap year. She spent a few months volunteering at the Henry Martyn Institute, Hyderabad, Southern India and she fell in love with the country. Ruth went on to study a MA in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. As part of her degree she spent the third year studying interfaith relations, Islam and Urdu at HMI. Ruth had a great time in India and it confirmed her love for the country. Ruth completed her final year in Edinburgh an following her graduation she got married in Chennai. Ruth worked as a teaching assistant in Carlisle and then Croydon and found a love for working with children with special educational needs. Ruth began working for TCfR as Development Officer in November 2020. Ruth’s role is varied and involves everything from communication, social media, applying for funding, writing documents, polices and courses, planning and running sessions/events and planning the work of TCfR. Ruth loves this role and very much enjoys the different direction this role takes her – one day she can be making cakes for Chat Café and another writing a large funding bid.
Melissa is from Indiana, USA and has been a Pagan for many years and runs the local Lindum Circle and volunteers for The Pagan Federation England and Wales. She is a volunteer Chaplain at the University of Lincoln. Melissa began working for TCfR ad Administration and Community Engagement Support Officer. This role involves the daily administration of the organisation, supporting the planning of events, room bookings etc as well as Supporting Subash in connecting with communities and growing the work and reach of TCfR. Melissa is very into her crafts and very talented in this area and she will be utilising this skill and talent within Children of the World and future projects.