London Programme Officer, The Running Charity
Claude Umuhire (Was homeless himself but now works for The Running Charity)
Claude moved to the UK as a child to live with his mum who fled Rwanda. When he turned 18, Claude left home to go to university and struggled to support himself financially. A family breakdown meant Claude couldn’t return to his Mum’s and left him without a home. As a result, he turned to night buses, friend’s sofas and shelters for refuge, and spent the rest of the time sleeping rough on the streets. Claude joined The Running Charity’s inaugural programme in 2012 after battling homelessness for eight months. He immediately grasped our goal-setting ethos and applied it to his personal life. Like many of our members, he stayed on with The Running Charity and became a mentor, helping new members through the programme and offering peer-support. Within 18- months of graduating he had attended every race, in all weathers, attained his PT level 2 qualification and became a full-time member of staff for The Running charity.
Claude has now worked with the Charity for three years, supporting hundreds of at-risk young people to re-engage with their health and surroundings in positive ways to achieve meaningful outcomes.
His personal insight into the effects of homelessness and the benefits of our work, enable him to engage and inspire young people like no other.
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