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About Rubies

In 2016 Plan International published research into what life is like for girls living in the UK.

Sadly, their report  ‘The State of Girls Rights in the UK’ concluded that girls growing up in the Middlesbrough area are the most disadvantaged in the whole of England and Wales. You can read a summary of the research by following the link below:

Liz Edwards & Krista Coulson

After reading the report, Liz and Krista, the Co-Founders of Rubies, felt it was vital that girls in the Middlesbrough area were given opportunities to hear a different message. They set up a local group to encourage girls to recognise their unique strengths and abilities and soon ‘Rubies’ was formed.

In February 2018 Rubies became a registered charity and our team of staff and volunteers are now working in local primary and secondary schools and with individuals and families to help girls see themselves and each other positively.

In the natural world Rubies are considered to be one of the most precious and valuable gemstones. As a charity we believe that our local girls need to know that they are also valued and have inherent worth. We believe that they have strengths and great potential and that, like natural rubies, they can develop their own vibrant characters.

Rubies has developed a unique 8 week course for Year 6/7 girls to support them with the transition to secondary school. We are also developing courses for older teens so that we can consistently connect with the same cohort of girls over a 5 year period, to offer them on-going support and encouragement.

We are also looking at ways to provide therapeutic input for vulnerable girls who need more support in order to overcome the challenges they face.

For more information about our work, please contact Liz Edwards:

Tel: 07307 848057  Email:

Registered Charity Number 1177332

Winner – Inspiring Women Redcar & Cleveland: Community Group Contribution 2019

Finalist – Love Britain & Ireland Awards: Best Start Up 2019

Finalist – Tees Businesswomen Awards: Charity/Voluntary Award 2020

Winner – Outstanding Organisation: Teesside University Volun-tees Awards 2021