Our steering group provides clear advice and guidance to support us in meeting our business plan objectives and outcomes. We currently have a vacancy for a parent representative. If you can spare a few hours a month attending our steering group meetings and supporting the work we do please get in touch with Deborah Terras on 01253 344398 or email Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org
> Deborah Terras
I am a qualified Youth and Community Worker BA (Hons) and postgraduate PGCE. Currently studying for my MA in education and Level 4 Award in Quality Assurance of Assessment procedures and Practices.
I have many years’ experience within a variety of community settings as a practitioner and as a manager. Ranging from young offenders to Domestic Abuse projects in the North West to Millennium Volunteers and Drugs intervention projects. I also lecture at University of Cumbria supporting students to gain their Youth and Community BA Hons Degree.
Alongside this I am still an active volunteer. I’m a committee member with NWBiathle Hub, a local biathle sport club for children, young people and adults.
My belief is social pedagogy!!! Training, learning and community practise should be lead by the individual!!! New skills, experiences and opportunities should be illuminating and rewarding.
My primary role is to support, encourage and guide individuals and groups to take an active role within their communities be that through setting up groups or simply volunteering or gaining a useful and relevant qualification. Everyone has potential!
> Linda Markey
I am a qualified Youth and Community Worker with a BA (hons) Degree from St Martins College Lancaster. I have 25 years experience of working with children, young people and families in the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre areas, including Mereside and Grange Park. I managed the Millennium Volunteers Programme for 8 years setting it up from a standing start when it was first introduced to Blackpool in July 2000. Previously I had worked at the Tate Gallery Liverpool as their Community Curator working with a variety of diverse groups.
I engaged community groups in workshops, training and exhibitions reflecting their own community needs. I planned and delivered workshops in Bail Hostels, Mental Health Hospitals, Elderly Residential Homes, Community Centers, Local Prisons engaging the socially excluded members of society. I engaged with the Afro-Caribbean Community, Chinese Community, Asian Community, Adults with learning disabilities and the Elderly. I undertook research, and delivered high quality community events, ranging from talks and workshops to conference and symposia, for Tate Liverpool adult visitors, coupled with Community Exhibitions in collaboration with the communities I had worked with.
I have also delivered Community Development training and Youth Work training for Blackpool; Fylde College after I gained my teaching qualification from the same college. I have worked in many schools across Blackpool & the Fylde and considerably in Highfurlong School. I am a volunteer myself with My Town Tiggers a local charity that supports children and young people with autism. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their true potential and be able to offer their families a good quality of life. I also believe that education is the route to change and a cohesive society will create sustainability for generations to come.
> Judith Davitt
Director & Advisor to the steering group & Communications
Judith is a Senior Communications Manager with over twenty years’ experience delivering internal and project communications. For the past ten years she has run her own consultancy working across a variety of sectors including Government departments, NHS and other public organisations; IT, financial services, retail banking and retail distribution and services.
She also works with businesses to raise their profile in the local community and forge business and education partnerships. Judith is a highly effective communicator with excellent leadership, relationship building, organisational, and project-management skills. She has provided support to us as a member of our board since the inception of URPotential.
> Shughie Morrison
Drug and alcohol coordinator
Shughie Morrison is Learning & Development manager at Jobs Friends and Houses, having recently been awarded Selnets regional apprenticeships winner 2016 for the innovative approaches made to workforce development. Having worked in the field of substance misuse for over 15 years, managing recovery services. Previously working with large organisations such as Marks and Spencer, including regional training coordinator. A qualified teacher he specialises in writing courses around relapse prevention and the transition from addiction to recovery, and teaching practitioner courses to drug/alcohol professionals whose ongoing development he takes a keen interest in, he has been invited to sit on the dissertation panel at Blackpool & Fylde University Campus as a key partner in under graduate development, and frequently gives lecture’s on working in recovery to social work students at UCLAN & Salford University.
He is a passionate supporter of community groups, having founded Blackpool Families in Recovery group which has now expanded throughout the north west to offer support and activities to families and local communities recovering from addiction.
> Lynne Brayne
Qualified trainer, assessor and verifier
I previously had worked in the B&I sector of the hospitality industry for 30 years where I gained numerous skills from ground to senior management level. These skills included managing budgets, financial and strategic planning, Personnel recruitment and retention, HR, Training, Sales and Marketing
This allowed me to have a pragmatic approach to the realities of running all aspects of business with the restrictions they each faced and therefore have the ability to view things from many angles.
I worked as a Tutor/ Assessor/ IV in the Voluntary sector and for an awarding body as an EV. I was instrumental in rolling out the first Certificate In Community Volunteering ( CCV) as well as helping to write its successor.
I developed the URPotential Assessment and IV strategy by designing a system that was robust and fit for purpose and ensuring it was kept up to date.My main role is that of IQA – Internal Quality Assurance where I oversee the whole of the Assessment and Verification process, working alongside Debbie Terras and the Awarding bodies representatives.
I also act as a Mentor in training and developing URP staff to deliver these systems to meet the high levels of Quality required. I am responsible for carrying out standarsisation meetings with Tutors, and assisting them to deliver assessments with positive and concise feedback to learners, which in turn motivates the learners to continue on their path to actually reaching their full potential.
I also deliver training in Food Safety, Train the Trainer, Health & Safety, Nutritional Awareness and Assessment and Verification.
My personal qualities are kindness, tenacity, empathy, determination, an excellent sense of humour, passion about what I do, and a good work ethic.
> Jo Shepherd
Claremont Community Centre Chief Exec
My name is Joanne Shepherd; I have been on the steering group for a number of years now.
I worked in stock control for many years with a corporate firm before realising I needed a change in 2001. That’s when I began working for our Local Council as an Outreach Worker; where I worked for a year.
I then moved over to the third sector working with communities in Mereside for 3 years. From there I began working in my current role as Chief Officer at Claremont First Step Community Centre and have never looked back.
I have been on an exciting journey and picked up some skills along the way. I am responsible for the running of the Centre, and management of staff as well as all funding applications that are submitted; the success of these applications have enabled us to continue working with our community for the past 12 years as we are not subsidized by any authority.
I have excellent communication and networking skills which is extremely important when working with a diverse range of individuals and agencies.
I enjoy my time working with URPotential acting as a ‘sounding board’ and giving advice and guidance when required.
> Pat Naylor
Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Homestart coordinator
Currently manage Home-Start covering Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, responsible to the board of Trustees, and for a staff team of 13 staff and 100+ volunteers, working with over 220 families a year. Chair of Governors of Red Marsh Special School. In the past i have worked in the social care environment for nearly 40 years, in fields including elderly, disabilities, education, youth and families and ran a voluntary uniformed youth group for around 20 years.
I have skills in Leadership, Coaching, Change Management, Management, Strategic Planning, Event Planning, Social Media, Public Speaking, Project Management, Negotiation and Recruitment
> Mark Relf
Mark brings a wealth of experience from the Corporate sector, with 25 years of experience in the Defense environment. He worked for BAE Systems for 18 years before moving into consultancy providing strategy and leadership services to 3rd sector, SMEs and corporate clients. He is currently working in the Middle East as a Vice President of an aerospace company.
Mark has worked with URPotential on a number of bids, bringing his expertise from the business environment to benefit the organisation by providing a fresh perspective with key techniques. He continues to support URPotential with key contributions to its strategy and development of staff.
> Ian Ashton
Equality & Diversity Officer for Lancashire Police
I am a serving Police Officer with Lancashire Constabulary and I am currently the Community Cohesion and Hate Crime Officer for West Division. I also chair the Lancashire Police LGB&T Staff Support Network. I am openly gay and live with my partner of 10 years Andy in Preston. I have a 17 year old son Oliver who has severe physical disabilities and I am passionate about all aspects of difference and diversity.
> Pete Crossley
University of Cumbria
Pete Crossley has been both a youth work practitioner and now a senior academic at the University of Cumbria. He has worked at the University as Programme Leader for the Youth & Community Work Team for the past 8 years and manages the Professional Fieldwork Placements. He has worked within the Applied Social Science Faculty, the Education Faculty and am now within the new Health & Sciences Faculty. As part of this team he works alongside colleagues from different disciplines including Children & Families and Social Work and together students are placed in a variety of community based settings to work with children and young people.
Prior to joining the University he worked for the YMCA Movement for 23 years both at a local and national level. In his last role he was responsible for the creation and delivery of the National Criminal Justice Strategic Plan, managing directly 5 national Youth Work Advisors and indirectly 28 youth workers based in prisons and the community resettlement teams across England and Wales.
Pete continues to be passionate about working with young people and advocating on their behalf to bring about social change in their lives and the communities where they live.
> Jake Adams
Blackpool Member of Youth Parliament & Young Person Representative
I am Jake Adams, the Member of Youth Parliament for Blackpool (Feb 2015 – March 2017) and the Chair of Blackpool Youth Voice as well as this i am also the Director of Creative Print North West Limited.
My background… i started volunteering with URPotential in 2011 and have gained a wealth of experience and qualifications from them, in 2014 i started my own printing company called Creative Print North West, i still continue to volunteer with UR Potential in a variety of different ways, in 2016 i became and #iWill Ambassador for the young people of Blackpool.
My role on the steering group of URPotential is to give my opinions on aspects of the company from a young persons perspective and help with any overall problems and give strategic feedback.
> Denese Welch
ACCA qualified accountant with 15 years post qualified experience in the financial services sector. I have previously been involved in raising funds for local children’s charities, Brian’s House, Ormerod House Trust and Second Skins during my previous tenure as BIDCA secretary. In addition to BIDCA Balls, I have also successfully hosted a fundraising ball for the Heart of Gold charity and more recently the URPotential Futures Ball.
> Denise Davies
Parent Rep/Legal Advisor
I am a qualified solicitor but no longer practice, my specialty included clinical negligence cases with a particular emphasis on birth injuries. I dealt with many general personal injury cases involving children particularly the more serious cases of catastrophic injury involving life long care. I sat on a national steering committee of solicitors advising parents , other solicitors and funding bodies of potential claims of compensation for vaccine damage injuries. I am a mum of 2 crazy but adorable teenagers and wife of a crazy but adorable husband.