Rotherham United Community Trust (RUCT) is at the forefront of promoting community well-being through various initiatives. One such initiative is their range of Healthy Holidays Camps funded by the Department for Education in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, which RUCT run in collaboration with Yogalols, an independent business.
Yogalols, owned and ran by Becky Power, offers a range of Yoga and Alternative Therapy for people of all ages and abilities in and around South Yorkshire. RUCT have been working with Yogalols and other external partners for many years to deliver a range of sessions as part of the Healthy Holiday Camps, and during the 2023 and early 2024 programme, Yogalols took the lead on the camp at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Jonny Allan, Community Programme Manager, sat down with Becky to discuss the impact and how the collaboration between RUCT and Yogalols has benefitted her as an independent business owner, and the participants. Jonny expressed gratitude for Yogalols’ contribution, and acknowledged the expertise that Yogalols brings to the table, emphasising that the reason RUCT seek external experts to enhance their offer is to ensure that the RUCT can concentrate on what they do best (coaching) and therefore the quality of delivery across the programme is as high as it can be.
Becky, reciprocated the appreciation, highlighting the positive outcomes of the Christmas holiday camps. She noted the high turnout of returning participants, indicating the effectiveness of the program in fostering a sense of community and enjoyment among the children.
The conversation between Jonny and Becky delved into the importance of partnerships for small businesses like Yogalols. Becky emphasised the benefits of collaborating with larger organisations like RUCT,
“It’s really important for my reputation, I am based in Rotherham so this helps me get my name out there more in the area. Working with RUCT is probably the best thing that has ever happened to Yogalols. Not only has it helped my reputation, but it is also good for my finances and it feels like that with RUCT, who are giving something back to the community, I can be part of that too.”
Jonny Allan asked about some of the challenges faced by small businesses, particularly in navigating administrative tasks and securing funding. He said,
“Everyone sees the Yogalols session, which is the end product, but behind-the-scenes there’s so much that goes on, the marketing, the admin, the bid writing itself, looking after the money, taking the bookings from the participants and so much more. Yogalols being at the front of house, doing what Yogalols does best is unbelievable. But would Yogalols struggle to do all the other stuff behind the scenes?”
Becky admitted that while Yogalols excelled in delivering yoga sessions, RUCT’s support in handling paperwork, marketing, and bookings was indispensable for the success of the program. Becky said,
“When you put the work from RUCT and delivery from Yogalols together it’s a no brainer. It just works!”
The collaboration between RUCT and Yogalols exemplifies the relationship between small businesses and larger organisations in serving the community’s needs and is just one example of the partnerships RUCT has developed over the years. Places leisure, Triple Threat Theatre Academy, Dinnington Resource Centre and Boxing Club, Rotherham Parent Carer Forum, Trailblazer Cheerleading and individual experts in the arts all work together to combine their resources and expertise. The RUCT programme is more than just sport, it has developed into project with variety that teaches life skills, benefits the participants and strengthens the local community.
Yogalols, are back this Easter at the New York Stadium from the 2nd to the 5th of April. With the full range of camps taking place during that week or from the 8th April to the 11th April. To book please go to HOLIDAY CAMPS | Easter Camps 2024! – Rotherham United Community Trust (ruct.co.uk) or scan the QR code.