PCYC Queensland’s RUBY spreads its wings to PCYC Ipswich

The power of physical exercise and human connection has seen PCYC Queensland’s RUBY program change lives for Queensland women affected by domestic and family violence, and the program is spreading its wings to launch at PCYC Ipswich on Thursday, 9 May.

Now offered at 34 PCYC Queensland clubs across the state, Rise Up Be Yourself (RUBY) is a free weekly strength training program for women who have experienced Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).

RUBY invites women to take part in weekly exercise sessions run by qualified fitness instructors and female Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers, to give them increased physical strength, confidence, and a network of other women with whom they can share experiences.

PCYC Queensland Chief Executive Officer Phil Schultz is pleased with the positive feedback and outcomes for participants.

“RUBY is making a huge difference in the lives of many women, and the growth of the program means our coordinators can continue providing positive support,” said Mr Schultz.

PCYC Ipswich acting branch manager, Senior Sergeant Rob Fiedler, is looking forward to commencing the program, to provide a combination of increased physical health and a safe space for women to foster connected relationships with other women in a free and safe group environment.

“Many RUBY coordinators have said that exercise helps the women to relax, and at the end they sit and talk about anything from family, making healthy choices, children – the conversation is driven by the women – and that connection with other women is so important,” said Senior Sergeant Fiedler.