Rise Up, Be Yourself (RUBY)
RUBY (Rise Up, Be Yourself) is a free physical fitness program for women who are, have been, or likely to be experiencing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).
Held weekly at a number of PCYCs across Queensland, RUBY is designed to empower women by building physical strength and contributing to general well-being, emotional resilience, self-esteem and confidence through physical exercise in a violence free and safe environment. The unique program gives participants a different outlet and tools to combat the DFV cycle by fostering connected relationships with other women in a safe, group environment. Sessions are facilitated by a qualified, female PT and a female member of the QPS attends and participates.
RUBY can be a conduit for the needs of the women, and help to create a culture of change and facilitate them to a place of survivorship. It can link participants into existing local services for support, information, referrals and resources and the partnership with the QPS ensures that positive relationships are formed with participants, and direct support is provided.
RUBY Ultra is a free weekly physical fitness and well-being program delivered to those identifying as young women 14-17 years of age who are, have been, or likely to be experiencing Domestic and Family Violence (DV/DFV). The program involves non-contact, low impact workouts in a safe and supportive environment. The program is facilitated by a qualified, female group fitness instructor. In attendance will be a female Queensland Police Service officer to provide connection and a youth / support worker from a DV/DFV background to provide specialised mentorship, possibly deliver workshops and appropriate referral support pathways.
This program is a diversion from the original RUBY considering the altered demographic ensures that intake forms, supporting services and staff are designed to the specific needs of target age group.
Interested in RUBY or RUBY Ultra for yourself, a family member, friend or client? Find your local club running the RUBY program below and contact the Coordinator. Contact details can be found in the RUBY section under Youth & Community on the club page.