It's time to rise up and be yourself
THE power of physical exercise and human connection has seen PCYC program RUBY change lives for Queensland women affected by domestic and family violence, and now the initiative has arrived in Dalby.
RUBY (Rise Up, Be Yourself) aims to empower women who are, have been, or likely to experience domestic and family violence with a free strength training program.
About 30 PCYC branch locations are expected to have RUBY established by the end of 2017.
RUBY invites women to take part in weekly exercise sessions run by qualified fitness instructors and female Queensland police service officers, giving them increased physical strength, confidence and a network of other women with whom they can share experiences.
Kelly Ryan, from the Dalby PCYC, said it was great to see a program like RUBY come to town thanks to some timely funding.
"We submitted an application for a grant and were successful.... so we have $5000 to kickstart RUBY,” Ms Ryan said.
"RUBY isn't going to stop domestic violence but we can raise awareness and create a space where women feel safe and empowered.
"The most rewarding part is seeing a smile on a participants face, seeing a glimmer of hope in their eye and knowing that they can rise up and be themselves.”
PCYC Queensland CEO Phil Schultz said he was pleased RUBY was attracting the resources that allow it to spread across the state.
"The funding and support and some of the extremely positive feedback we have received are great for the program, and more is always needed,” Mr Schultz said.
"This is making a huge difference in the lives of many women.”