We have been busy responding to girls’ needs during the coronavirus crisis!
During the first lockdown we worked with Footprints in the Community and South Bank Baptist Church to pack and distribute arts & crafts packages for girls and families in the TS6 postcode.
40 girls received ‘Scrapbook Challenge’ packs with everything they needed to make a record of the unique time in history we all experienced during lockdown.
25 families received arts & crafts packs to keep them busy whilst their children were off school.
In June 2020 we launched our brand new ‘Positive Post Project’ thanks to funding from County Durham Community Foundation, Tees Valley Community Foundation and ROSA Women and Girls Fund.
This project has allowed us to continue supporting girls mental health remotely via the post, so that girls know Rubies is still here to support them even though we can’t be with them in person.
Over 250 girls have received 12 beautiful themed packs full of hints, tips & treats to support their mental health and overall wellbeing. Topics have included stress, anxiety, sleep, coronavirus, self-care and relaxation, to name but a few!
Feedback about the impact of our parcels has been amazing, with 99% of girls saying they have helped them cope with the Covid-19 situation.
We are currently seeking funds to allow us to extend the project until the end of March 2021, as well as to include more girls from Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland. We will also be starting online support sessions soon.