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Our Big Give Women & Girls Fundraiser is now LIVE!

On Tuesday 8th March The Big Give launched their Women & Girls Campaign and Rubies is proud to be part of it!

All donations submitted via their website will be DOUBLED, giving Rubies the opportunity to receive up to £5000 for our work with local girls.

Over 100 charities across England and Scotland are participating and the DCMS are matching every public donation. This will make the money go further, let charities like ours dream bigger and help women and girls to reach higher.

63% of organisations supporting women and girls saw an increase in demand for their services during the pandemic and Rubies is no exception to this.

Now more than ever, it’s time to show up and stand up for the women and girls in our communities.

To donate please follow the link below – donations from as little as £1 are accepted and make a huge difference to charities like us.

Thank you!

The end of an era…

We’re really sad to have said farewell to Krista, one the charities’ co-founders, in December 2021 as she stepped down from her role as Project Co-Ordinator to focus on her university degree.

We were so very sad to see her go as she will be hugely missed, but we also know she will go on to inspire and encourage others wherever she goes.

THANK YOU Krista for all you’ve done for the charity and to empower and support so many girls in our area.

Lindsey attempts to run 190 mile Coast 2 Coast relay to raise money for Rubies!

Meet Lindsey…!!
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This amazing lady will be raising funds for Rubies by running as much of the coast to coast relay as she possibly can – up to 190 miles in just 3 days!
Lindsey is a local athlete who is also passionate about raising the aspirations of the young girls in our area by showing them that it isn’t always about where you are from, but more about where you are going…
Growing up in North Ormesby, she understands there can be a lack of opportunities, but she wants to lead by example and show our future girls that opportunities are out there – if you are willing to ‘chase’ after them!
In two weeks time, she will join her running club, the North East Project, as they embark on a relay along the Coast2Coast – but Lindsey won’t just be doing the one leg…she will be seeing how much of the 190 MILES she can complete over 3 consecutive days!
“I am doing this in support of Rubies, who are even more passionate about local girls and helping them to recognise their worth and reach their true potential! So girls, when people ask how far you can go…tell them as far as you like!”
To sponsor Lindsey just click on the link to the Just Giving Page – thank you!!
Good Luck Lindsey 🤩

Rubies shortlisted for Tees Businesswomen Awards!

Rubies makes the final three in 2020 shortlist….

We are delighted to have been nominated and shortlisted for a 2020 Tees Businesswomen Award in the Charity/Voluntary Category, sponsored by Thirteen Group.

We were up against some very strong competition from amazing local charities My Sister’s Place and Recovery Advocate Consultants, who we know do fantastic work in the Tees Valley.

The worthy winners were My Sisters Place – congratulations to their team!

Positive Post Project launched to support girls’ mental health

Everyone loves to receive a letter…

Rubies is aware that the coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact on many people’s mental health and the girls we support have been affected by this too.

Research by MIND has shown that 40% of children are suffering from anxiety and worry and 62% are worried about the impact of the pandemic on their lives.

With funding from County Durham Community Foundation and Tees Valley Community Foundation we’re excited to be launching the Positive Post Project to support girls throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, until they can (hopefully) return to something more like normal life.

All 250 girls on our mailing list will receive at least 10 beautiful themed packs filled with hints, tips and treats to help them feel more positive and manage their mental health at home.

We’ve had great feedback about the post we’ve already sent out during the coronavirus lockdown and we’re looking forward to hearing what girls think of their parcels!

Are you a #girly swot? Details of our latest fundraiser…

Long term supporter of Rubies, BBC Breakfast presenter and Boro lass, Steph McGovern has set up a fundraiser to help support the charity. She presented BBC panel show ‘Have I Got News For You’ on Friday 25th October wearing a ‘Girly Swot’ jumper she’d had made for the occasion. After the show aired so many people wanted to buy the jumper that she decided to use it as a fundraiser, with £5 from every sale being donated to Rubies.

If you’d like to buy a jumper please click on the link below… we would really appreciate your support. Thank you!

We’re looking for new volunteers and supporters – can you help?

If you’re interested in finding our more about our work in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland, please come along to our next Information Evening on Thursday 17th October 6:30-8:30pm at Bar Zero, 133 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS1 5DE

We need help to run our courses, put on social activities and start new Girls Groups – as well as help with volunteer events and fundraising.

We know our work makes a HUGE difference for girls in our area – could you help us reach more girls with the message that they are rubies?



Read what girls are saying about working with Rubies!

We love hearing about the difference our self-esteem course has made in girl’s lives…

Feedback in the last academic year included these comments from girls:

“Rubies has made me more confident about myself and it has taught me that everyone is special.”  

“I love Rubies. I have learnt that I have got a lot of courage and every girl is important.”

“Rubies means everything to me. It has brought out my confidence and made me believe in myself. You have encouraged me to be myself and to love who I am. I have learnt that girls need to work together to be even more powerful.”

“I love how we can be ourselves and you won’t shout.”                                                                                            

“I learned to express my feelings. I have learnt to love and care for myself.” 

“I like Rubies because it helps take my mind off things. I have gained confidence and don’t feel as sad now.”

“Rubies is so good. It is a club that teaches you about yourself and others. One thing I learnt is that you are your own person, no one else’s.”

“Rubies has helped me to express my feelings and understand that I am perfect just the way I am.”

“I feel more confident, safer and I believe in myself more. I feel less angry, I feel much better now.”      

“I feel much more confident and like I could take on the world. No one can make me feel embarrassed.”    

“Rubies has made me feel that I don’t have to be perfect and that I’m grateful to be who I am.”

‘Sparkle & Slime’ – A day of encouragement and confidence-building activities for girls aged 10-12

Event details:

Places MUST be booked with Liz by Fri 23rd August. A signed consent form must be emailed in advance or brought on the day.

Download the Booking Form here:

Sparkle & Slime consent form

Success in the 2019 Golden Giveaway – £1500 secured for recruiting and training volunteers

Thanks to everyone who voted for us in the 2019 Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation ‘Golden Giveaway.’

Up to £5000 was on offer to the charity able to gather the most votes. We were really pleased to win our group in round 1 and to make it into the second round of voting.

In the end we received £1500 to help us recruit, support and train more volunteers to help girls in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland know their worth.

Dawn and Hannah, two of our existing volunteers, collected the cheque from one of the Foundation’s patrons at a presentation at the Riverside Stadium on 4th July.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Pic Doug Moody Photography

Pic Doug Moody Photography