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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 over the summer months, until they can (hopefully) return to something more like normal life.

All girls on our mailing list will receive 6 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

Regional Winners in the Premier ‘Love Britain & Ireland’ Awards!

We were delighted to be a regional finalist in the Premier ‘Love Britain & Ireland Awards’ on June 21st.

Rubies was nominated 3 times and was pleased to win an award in the ‘Start Up’ category, which recognises the contribution of new charitable projects that have started since 2015.

Alison, our treasurer, Liz, one of our founders, and Jade one of our volunteers, collected the award.

We now progress to the National Final on October 9th!



Filming for BBC Breakfast with Steph McGovern

We were delighted to welcome Steph McGovern back to her hometown to film with Rubies as part of the BBC’s ‘We Are Middlesbrough’ series in May 2019. Girls from Bankfields Primary School told Steph about the positive impact Rubies has had on their confidence and self esteem and what their hopes and dreams are for the future.

Follow the link to watch part of the film…



We are looking for volunteers!! Come to our Information Evening to find out more…

Thursday 18th April 6:30-8:30pm 

Bar Zero* 133 Linthorpe Road

Middlesbrough. TS1 5DE

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*Please note the venue is on the first floor and, as there is no lift, access is via stairs only

Winner of the Community Contribution Award at the Inspiring Women Awards 2019

On Friday 8th March, Liz and Krista were delighted to collect the ‘Community Group Contribution’ Award on behalf of Rubies at the 2019 Inspiring Women Awards.

The contribution of women from across Redcar and Cleveland was recognised and celebrated by speakers Anna Turley (MP for Redcar & Cleveland) Sue Jeffrey (Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Council) and Amanda Skelton (Chief Executive of Redcar Borough Council)

It was great to be part of an event focusing on the strengths and abilities of women and girls in our area!