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ClubHub UK Awards 2021

ClubHub UK Awards

Synergy Dance® are delighted to have won three awards this year. With our newest award coming in over the weekend at the ClubHub UK Awards ceremony. 

This award was given to Synergy Dance’s founder, Rachael Hurton – Leader of the Year. For her determination and drive that has pushed Synergy Dance forward through what has been a challenging year. 

In addition to winning leader of the year, Synergy Dance were also finalists in the following categories:

  • Biggest Growth
  • Independent Business of the Year
  • Non-Profit Business of the Year.

The ClubHub UK Awards ceremony was incredible, and we wanted to say a huge thank you to Tessa at ClubHub. As well as a huge thank you to her team and all of the judges and sponsors.

It was fantastic to meet other like-minded individuals, who will no doubt, become great friends and potential partners for future projects.

Rachael Hurton: I am so delighted and honoured to win #Leader of the Year for @synergydanceltd. As well as, receiving #finalist for Biggest Growth, Independent Business & Non-Profit Business of the Year for our Outreach activities. Congratulations to all of the winners & finalists. Thank you to Tessa and all of ClubHub UK, the judges and sponsors. Heartfelt thanks to the Synergy team and the amazing talent of teachers who make it happen, and always go the extra mile.

If you’d like to find out more about what we do, you can do so by using the links below:

About Synergy Dance Outreach

Synergy Dance Online – free inclusive platform

Synergy Dance at Home

In-person Classes

Synergy Dance bag a national award for their work – RNIB Connect

Listen to Synergy Dance’s founder, Rachael Hurton, talk live on RNIB Connect Radio about our most recent National Award. Where she discusses what we’ve been up to, what we have achieved and what the award means to us.

Innovation and adapting to circumstances have been essential this year. And Synergy Dance has proved that they can, excel at it, winning the 2021 Specialist Dance School of the Year from Corporate Live Wire’s Innovation and Excellence Awards. Ellie’s been catching up with the founder about what it means to receive this award – RNIB Connect Radio.

We wanted to say a huge thank you to RNIB radio for talking to us, and for helping us share our message.

About Corporate Live Wire:

The Corporate LiveWire Awards represent the pinnacle of business achievement, championing the best in their respective fields.  Our corporate awards cover the most important sectors of business, from Finance advisories, Funding providers to Law firms and specialist advisory companies.  The culmination of the awards is the Global Award, covering businesses of every type that have proven their excellence throughout the year.

About RNIB Radio:

RNIB Connect Radio is a radio station that serves the UK. And it is funded primarily by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and also by other local councils.

We are Europe’s first radio station for blind and partially sighted listeners, and we broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online, on 101 FM in the Glasgow area, and on Freeview channel 730.

Our mission is to broadcast news, information and advice to blind and partially sighted people.  All of our presenters are visually impaired.

Although the station’s main studios are based in Scotland, the station is for everyone in the UK and beyond, with many listeners in the USA and Canada. Other studios are in Cardiff and London and more locations across the UK are planned for the very near future.

Synergy Dance® BBC Surrey Radio Interview

BBC Radio

Synergy Dance’s founder Rachael goes live on air with James Cannon. Where she speaks about our latest CorporateLiveWire Award and discusses how much the award means to Synergy Dance®.

The interview expands upon what Synergy Dance® does. And how we adapted in lock-down with our online, inclusive platforms filled with over 100 dance and yoga sessions for all ages and abilities.

Rachael also touches base on the revival of our new SEN and Mainstream classes that are now opening up around Surrey and soon arriving in Sussex too!

CorporateLiveWire Award – Specialist Dance School of the Year.

 

 

If you’d like to find out more about Synergy Dance® and anything Rachael discussed in the interview, you can do so by following the links below.

Inclusive Free Online Platform

Dance at Home Online Platform

In Person Classes in Surrey

SEND/VI Classes in Surrey

Find out more about us and what we do.

Listen to the full radio stream here.

 

About CorportateLiveWire:

The Corporate Livewire South England Prestige Awards 2021/22 recognise small and medium-sized businesses. These business have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months.

All shortlisted companies are asked to support their nomination with evidence of their work. In addition to positive feedback from their clients, information on previous accreditation’s and recognition. As well as highlighting the most outstanding parts of their businesses.

The judging panel base their decisions upon areas such as service excellence, quality of the product/ service provided. As well as innovative practices, value, ethical or sustainable methods of working,  and consistency in performance. The winners selected are those who can best demonstrate their strengths in these areas.

CorporateLiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2021

CorporateLiveWire Innovation and Excellence Awards 2021

CorporateLiveWire Innovation and Excellence Awards 2021

Synergy Dance Outreach are excited to announce that yesterday, we won the CorporateLiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2021 within the Specialist Dance School of the Year Category.

The Innovation & Excellence Awards celebrate and recognise businesses on a global level. Who have excelled in the last 12 months whilst showing that they have been able to adapt and innovate.

Judges consider whether the individual or business is providing the best product/service in their particular sector or industry. These considerations are determined by the quality, efficiency and delivery of the product/service provided. Decisions are made based on service excellence, industry recognition, employee satisfaction, marketing & branding, ethical practice and of course customer feedback.

These past 12-months have been like no other, and no one could have predicted COVID and the current state of the world. But, here at Synergy Dance® Outreach, we refused to give up. So, throughout lockdown we pivoted the business model and went online. Keeping our staff in work, and all of our service users active. This not only allowed us to reach our current customer base, but it also enabled us to go global introducing dance and yoga to an entire new audience. Making a real difference to those in need, and those feeling isolated.

Find out more about CorporateLiveWire here.

This award comes shortly after Synergy Dance received an award for National Inclusion, which you can read more about here.

Benefits of Online Exercise

Benefits of Online Exercise

Throughout lock-down, we worked tirelessly to create an inclusive online platform for our clients, both old and new. That bought people together in a way that we never envisaged. The main aim of this platform was to help stop the feelings of isolation and enable people to stay healthy. In addition to staying safe, and because there are also many benefits of online exercise it enabled people to stay fit and keep up morale too!

Now that restrictions have eased, people might be going back to in-person classes, which is fantastic! 

But we wanted to remind you that our platform is still here. We’re constantly adding new material for those of you who still feel uneasy about the return to face-to-face activities. Our online platform is also great for those who prefer to exercise at home or want to add in extra exercise between your face-to-face classes.

Whilst in-person and face to face classes have numerous benefits, so do online workouts! We’ve put together a list of our benefits of online exercise, as mentioned by our current clients;
  • Exercise at a time that suits you. Everyone is busy, between work, health, family and friends, it’s not always possible to attend fixed sessions. With online classes, you can choose to sign-in and do as much or as little as you have time for.
  • Affordability. Not everyone can afford expensive classes or gym sessions. Especially if you have additional needs and requirements that need catering for. Our online platform is completely free, and doesn’t require any additional petrol or parking costs either!
  • Motivation and Accountability. Online training does involve more self-motivation, but when it involves no travel or time restrictions it makes working out less stressful.
  • Confidence. Not everyone has the confidence to jump right in to in-person classes especially if Dance or Yoga is a new field of interest. With our online platform you can bridge the gap and get to grips with the basics. Increasing your confidence to later enable in-person classes if desired.
  • Accessibility. Loads of our clients have issues with accessibility whether that be issues with transport or finding classes that are best suited to their needs. With our online platform we have courses specifically tailored to suit all needs including SEN, VI, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Disabilities and other Long Term Health Conditions.

If you’d like to try out our platform, or are interested in partnering with us on future projects use the details below!

Online Platform – https://inclusive-dance-yoga.teachable.com

Contact Email: admin@synergydance.co.uk

About Us: http://www.synergydanceoutreach.co.uk

National Inclusion Award – what it means to us.

Diversity and Inclusion Award

You may have seen our post earlier in the year, where we were overjoyed to announce that we had won the Diversity and Inclusion Award at the Sport and Recreational Alliance annual awards ceremony sponsored by Active IQ.

Here you can see our founder Rachael Hurton speak about what the award meant to the Synergy team and how the award money will enable us to expand and continue to do great things.

“For me personally, it’s been absolutely wonderful. It’s recognition for all the hard work that we’ve done as a team this year and, as a charity, it’s recognition that we are standing for diversity and inclusion and, it’s wonderful to know that our mission is resonating with other people in the community and we’re very proud to be alongside other such wonderful candidates” – Rachael Hurton

We want to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you who has continued to support us throughout lockdown and beyond. Either by attending our online Zoom classes or by signing up to our free and paid inclusive online platforms.

We hope that now restrictions are easing that you will continue to take advantage of our free online platform to exercise, stay fit and increase your overall wellbeing.

If you’re feeling adventurous, we would also love to encourage you to attend one of our in-person classes. We have a wide array of inclusive and mainstream dance and yoga lessons held at several different venues across Surrey and beyond – find out more.

In the meantime, stay safe and if you have any questions or queries please email us at; admin@synergydance.co.uk or call us on 07713 254260.

 

You can find out more about the Sport and Recreation Alliance Diversity and Inclusion Award ceremony by visiting their website here.

We’re always keen to partner, and expand so if you feel we could work together on the next big project email; rachael.swann@gmail.com 

Synergy Dance® Outreach Online Expansion

Synergy Dance® Outreach Online Expansion

7th May 2021

Rachael Hurton
Synergy Dance Outreach
07713 254260
admin@synergydance.co.uk

 

Synergy Dance® Outreach Online Expansion
30 brand new, free, inclusive and accessible classes now available.

Synergy Dance® Outreach announced today the expansion, of their online platform with the release of 30 brand new, fun, inclusive and accessible classes now being offered for FREE in Dance and Yoga. In addition to the platform’s current generous offering of 174 lessons.

Synergy Dance® Outreach would like to give thanks to the National Lottery Funding from Sport England in partnership with EMD UK for making these additional classes possible.

The new expansion has allowed Synergy Dance® Outreach to expand their already successful inclusive platform and fill gaps in the market, making it even more accessible to the SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) community. The platform expansion offers a new way for those with additional needs, visual impairments, disabilities and long-term health conditions to escape isolation, keep fit and healthy and improve their overall wellbeing in a place and at a pace that suits their individual needs.

When Covid-19 forced a National lockdown – at Synergy – we carried on and did not stop – to continue to reach our service users who had never needed our activities more – from one of our teen yoga participants, who is blind, to isolated children with autism, or the elderly –simply battling with loneliness, poor health or lack of mobility. Funds were down – but that didn’t stop us – we also wanted to keep our loyal team of talent in work and they all rose to the challenge of online delivery. – Rachael Hurton, Founder, Synergy Dance®

The new online platform includes additional, free classes in the following areas:

  • Mat Yoga for Children with Autism (12 classes)
  • Yoga for Teenagers with Autism (12 classes)
  • Yoga for Children with Cerebral Palsy (6 classes)

The new sessions will be available, free of charge from today. For more information, and to enrol go here; https://inclusive-dance-yoga.teachable.com

Synergy Dance Outreach was set up to meet local need and create positive change, removing barriers to enable people experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing through accessible, inclusive and fun dance, fitness, yoga, singing and related activities. Our beneficiaries include older people, those with “SEND” and other disadvantaged people, children and teenagers.

If you would like to try some in person classes, you can do so here; https://synergydanceoutreach.co.uk/what-is-send/

 

Will Perry – Synergy Dance Outreach Ambassador

Will Perry Ambassador

Synergy Dance® Outreach is excited to announce we have a new Ambassador – Will Perry – Paralympic swimmer and British Record holder.

Will is inspirational, flying the flag for everyone to go for their dreams and reach their full potential. As a result, he is especially keen to encourage young people to be the best they can be! He is an extremely talented young man, who will be an inspiration now and in the future to athletes and young people across the globe.

Will Perry is a Paralympic Swimmer and his greatest achievements are:
3 X British Record holder in 50 Breaststroke (SC), 200 Breaststroke (LC and SC)
2017 and 2018 British 50 Butterfly champion
2019 400 Freestyle and 50 butterfly – English champion
Longlist For the 2021 Paralympic Games
Longlist for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games
British Ranked No1 in 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Breaststroke.
World no 17 in 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle.

Follow our brand ambassadors sports, and Paralympic journey here.

As well as the above, Will Perry also competed in the Tokyo Olympics and inspired young swimmers across the globe!

About Will Perry:
The Northampton Swimming Club athlete gained his first competitive international experience at 2021’s European Championships in Madeira making two finals in the S6 50m Freestyle and SB6 100m Breaststroke.

UK’s First Online Fitness Charity for People with Disabilities Celebrates 1st Anniversary

30 March 2021

 

UK’s first online fitness charity for people with disabilities celebrates 1stanniversary

It’s exactly a year since Synergy Dance Outreach, a Surrey-based charity providing free dance and yoga classes, took their classes online. Just days after the country went into the first national lockdown, enabling thousands of participants to continue to enjoy their activities.

The sessions, which are free of charge, thanks to funding from Sport England and The National Lottery, have now reached a national audience of up to 200,000 people of all ages with learning difficulties and physical disabilities, as well as the visually impaired and blind.

In total, Synergy Dance Outreach offers 200 online classes which are available on demand via an easily accessible online platform. They are tailored to suit each type of group. The platform includes courses for children, teens, adults and the elderly. They also have 200 online classes for the mainstream community.

The dance and yoga programmes are free for all ages including seated Para Stars Dance™ and ParaStars Yoga®, bespoke classes Synergy Audio Yoga™ and Synergy Audio Dance™ for the visually impaired and additional programmes for autism, cerebral palsy, and those with learning difficulties.  The charity recently won the national 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Award with the Sport and Recreation Alliance for their work in reaching the disability community.

A recent survey we conducted amongst our membership found that 78% of people with a disability, including the visually impaired, wouldn’t have exercised without Synergy’s online programme and 94% said they were happier and less anxious after doing the classes. The survey also found 67% of respondents reported an improvement in fitness levels and 92% want to continue the online programme when lockdown ends.

Synergy Dance Outreach now has more than 4,500 people with a disability or are wheelchair based who regularly take part in classes, as well as 3,675 participants with long term health conditions, 2,500 with special needs and autism, more than 450 with Cerebral Palsy and more than 1,500 who are visually impaired or blind.

Founder of Guildford-based Synergy Dance Outreach, Rachael Hurton, said:

“By delivering courses online we are already reaching five times the usual number of participants.  In Surrey alone demand for our services has increased by 48% during the pandemic.  These classes are clearly filling an unmet need.

“We set up Synergy Dance® Outreach to create positive change, removing barriers to enable people experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing through accessible, inclusive and fun activities.

“We were determined lockdown would not stop us making a difference. Synergy pivoted fast to serve all our children, communities and service users. Within a matter of days into lockdown we launched our first online platform of courses for dance, yoga and meditation with courses for children, teens, adults and the elderly. We now have global interest and people can access our classes anywhere in the world. Now so many more people can join in the fun and improve their physical and mental health through exercise.

“We have come a long way in just 12 months but with sector accounting for 14 million people, there are so many more who we could reach out to.”

For more information on Synergy Dance® Outreach classes and how to register, visit http://synergydanceoutreach.co.uk/ or click on http://synergydance.co.uk/

For a diverse range of inclusive classes click on:

https://inclusive-dance-yoga.teachable.com/

For Synergy Dance’s mainstream fitness classes click on:

https://synergy-dance-online.teachable.com/

 

For media enquiries contact Roz Hughes on 07967 800395 or email roz@rozhughes.com

Notes to editors:

 Synergy Dance®

Synergy Dance® provide innovative dance and yoga activities in schools and leisure centres, serving both mainstream and the special needs and disability community. At Synergy, no one is left behind.

Synergy Win the National Sport & Recreational Alliance Diversity and Inclusion Award

Diversity and Inclusion Award

We are excited to announce that Synergy Dance, are the winner of the National Sport and Recreation Alliance Diversity and Inclusion Award. Thank you so much to Active IQ & Sport and Recreation Alliance and our incredible team of talent and supporters.

 

Synergy Dance’s main aim throughout lockdown was to get previously inactive people active and improve their physical and mental health. Through fun dance, fitness and yoga activities that could be accessed anywhere and at any time.

 

With your support and the support of our partners, we managed to achieve just that and have touched, the lives of people around the world.

We won the National Sport and Recreation Alliance Diversity and Inclusion Award because we managed to stay inclusive. And helped stop isolation throughout lockdown by offering accessible workouts for those with special educational needs, disabilities and visual impairments. 

This award wouldn’t have been achieved, without the support of our loyal customers. So from the bottom of all of our hearts, thank you.

About Sport and Recreation Alliance:

SRA bring together the sport and recreation sector and support our members to tackle the challenges and take advantage of opportunities. We are the voice of the sector with the Government, policymakers and the media. Our main aim is to  help get the nation active at the grassroots by providing advice, support and guidance.

Our strategy comes at a critical juncture for both society and our sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has simultaneously reinforced the importance of sport, recreation and physical activity to the lives of individuals and communities but also highlighted how easy it can be taken away. Now, more than ever, we must work creatively and collaboratively to make the case for sport and recreation.