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Its official! Deborah is a Finalist in the Enterprise Vision Awards in the Business Woman of the Year Award Category

Deborah Terras is a finalist for this year’s Enterprise Vision Awards in the Business Woman of the Year Award Category. She is a worthy finalist in this category alongside some of her peers.

Deborah set up URPotential 6 years ago with no funding, no office but lots of energy, enthusiasm & passion. She applied for Lottery funding to deliver youth services when Blackpool council had to make the savage cuts securing support for 5000 young people. She moved to the grownups securing funding to deliver training to disadvantaged people supporting into work & volunteering. Developing women only courses for women returning to work after having their children, redundancy & victims of domestic abuse & addiction. She has grown the business from £49K a year to £500K with strong fiscal management, the company has never had an overdraft facility or taken a loan.  She recruited & employed home grown people offering training, paying for staff to go to university to support the development of the business. She volunteers across all sporting activities, supporting women into running, cycling & swimming. She fund raises for local causes close to her heart always about young people and achieving their potential. She represents Great Britain in Biathlon competitions, last year she was in the Florida World Championships representing GB she came 6th in her category. As a young mum with a family & home to run a business to manage plus volunteering and sporting activities it is fair to say she doesn’t sit down a lot. She is an inspirational leader supporting our young staff team to grow & develop. She works hard to put Blackpool on the map in a positive light working in partnership with local council and all 3rd sector organisations. She is chair of Greater Together a 3rd Sector consortium, chair of Blackpool’s 3rd sector leaders group & is very active in VCFS organisation support.  

Wendy Pearce of URPotential has been shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Wendy Pearce from Blackpool has been shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Diversity Awards 2017. Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at the breathtaking Anglican Cathedral on September 8th 2017 for the UK’s largest celebration of diversity.
The best of British diversity will travel to Liverpool to showcase the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society. Over 22,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide.

Wendy said ‘I was absolutely amazed that I was nominated and to be shortlisted is wonderful. I was speechless when the email came through informing me I had been shortlisted. You don’t expect this kind of accolade after all the years of not being recognised. l feel honoured to be one of 22000 who were nominated and am looking forward to an amazing evening in Liverpool surrounded by people who also do wonderful work in their communities’

Wendy has been a youth and community workers for over 40 years. She has supported young people and their families in Blackpool & especially on the estates across the Town. At the amazing age of 76 she has no cause to stop! Wendy has supported over 1500 young people in the years she has worked as a youth worker be that working for Blackpool Council or the VCFS sector. Wendy is not only an amazing youth worker she has also managed many projects including Blackpool Boys and girls club, and Grange Park youth club, managing a staff team as a well as supporting students on placement from Cumbria University. She has mentored many students and colleagues and remains a font of all knowledge. She has developed a girls group to support the need for young women to become more independent and challenge stereotypes. She has developed some key projects within the group. She has successfully written and developed a babysitting courses which she currently delivers to both young men and young women across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Supporting young people in learning about children’s development, safeguarding, first aid, fire safety, boundaries and responsibility. Many young people who have attended her courses have progressed to nursing, children workers, play workers. Wendy is unique and has knowledge that could only be dreamt of, this type of commitment and experience can’t be taught in a classroom, but Wendy manages to mentor her colleagues to develop key skills in youth work and for this we at URPotential are truly grateful. She deserves this award to recognise her life time commitment to youth work she will always remain a very important woman in the field of youth work practice.

The prestigious black tie event is definitely one to mark down on your calendar and provides recognition for excellence regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture. Microsoft will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diverse talent alongside joint Headline Sponsors Direct Line Group.
Paul Geddes, CEO, Direct Line Group said “We know that having a diverse workforce not only brings in more talent, it increases the variety of thinking, enabling us to have a better understanding of our customers’ needs in an ever-changing Britain.”
“The momentum is gathering pace” he continued “but there is more all businesses can do to pave the way for change. We are therefore honoured to be sponsoring the National Diversity Awards to celebrate the success of role models, businesses and organisations who are leading the way to true diversity and inclusion in our society.” Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Adam Hills and Sir Lenny Henry amongst many.
TV Presenter Graham Norton Said “Promoting and celebrating diversity is close to my heart which is why I am thrilled to support The National Diversity Awards! I want to wish all of this year’s shortlisted nominees the best of luck for the ceremony, you all deserve to win!’’
Previous winners include Huddersfield based Disability Theatre Group Shabang!, Freedom Fighting Refugee Aderonke Apata, and Transgender Support Charity Mermaids. Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, Rachel looked back on her time winning the positive role model award in 2013 “It truly was a tremendously uplifting emotional evening, and I don’t think there was a single person in the room who would disagree with that! The evening represented everything that is good about our society”.
Rachel went on to receive the award for battling successfully against a potentially life limiting illness to produce works of art that are applauded worldwide. She continued “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating an exceptional night, the challenges ahead are still enormous, but with the ND Award in myh and, I will journey forward with renewed hope and ambition to try to do so much more, and in my efforts, hopefully I will, in some way, contribute to making the vital cultural shift within our society.”
Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of The National Diversity Awards said “I am so proud to be able to witness the journeys of some of the most inspiring role models this country has to offer. Each year I am overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of nominations, and those shortlisted should know how privileged I am to share your stories with the nation. You are all winners and I can’t wait to meet you at the ceremony.”

URPotential Sponsor Fleetwood town Girls U11’s Vipers

URPotential Sponsor Fleetwood town Girls U11’s Vipers

#Thisgirlcan #grassroots

 

URPotential have sponsored FTCT Girls U11’s Vipers, they now have warm training jumpers that should see them through the cold wet morning matches. The U11’s Vipers team is one of the newest girls team formed from the wildcats training session held at Fleetwood town training ground, pool foot farm every Thursday evening, no matter the weather. The girls will sign for the league in July and will begin the league games come August, they have come on leaps and bounds in the last few months, due to the training sessions and friendly matches and are really proving that #Thisgirlcan

Blackpool Youth Voice @ Youthforia!

This weekend Blackpool Youth Voice members attended a Youthforia convention in Oldham. We went to this event as we are a member of Youthfocus and we are representing our local youth voice, additionally we need to give and get ideas for such things as a curriculum for life, votes at 16 and make your mark. We firstly had to speak about what our group was doing in relation to the curriculum for life. We next split up into different groups where some things we did were charades, talking about curriculum for life and the annual sitting. After that everyone came in a group together where we discussed British youth council, NHS youth forum steering group elections and other projects. We found out that our next YoFo meeting was in Blackburn on the 9th July. Overall we thought it was a good day out where we have taken in knowledge and will apply with our youth group.

Job Vacancy!

Post: Engagement & Participation Worker to cover Blackpool Area
Hours: Full Time – 37 hours per week
Salary: JNC Pay Scale 14 : £24,243.00
Proposed start date: 1st September 2017 this is a 3 year Contract to August 2020
Location: Blackpool
Office: Based at URPotential Office, 296 Central Drive, Blackpool FY1 5JW

This post will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure by Criminal Records Bureau
About the role:
You will work as part of the URPotential Targeted Youth team, specialising in youth engagement. You will be expected to develop positive professional relationships, and support participation and engagement in youth-led engagement programmes, projects and contracts.
You will also lead the delivery of several engagement and participation mechanisms which include: virtual engagement; a new membership system; the coordination of a Peer Educators programme and organisation of inclusive activities. You will also lead projects focused on strengthening young people’s voices and influence, in line with URPotential’s vision and values.

The Engagement and Participation Worker will be responsible for;
● Supporting the development and delivery of youth-led engagement programmes and projects
● Recruitment and continuous training of Peer Educators
● Delivery of Blackpool Youth Voice, social action and decision making processes across the organisation: locally, regionally and nationally
● Delivery of decision making frameworks that enable the voice of young people
to inform the design, delivery and evaluation of all projects/ programmes of
youth work
● Ensuring that the voice of young people is evidenced and the value/ impact of
engagement is being demonstrated
● Working with key stakeholders to support Blackpool Youth Voice in fulfilling
it’s democratic role within the governance arrangements of URPotential
● Supporting young people to lead national campaigns eg the election of the
Blackpool Member of UK Youth Parliament and Make Your Mark Ballot
● Championing the voice of those seldom heard and vulnerable groups,
particularly children with disabilities and children in care, to ensure they have
equal voice in decision making

We are looking for someone who has:
At least three years’ experience of working with young people/ youth work or similar,
experience in delivering engagement activities/ projects /programmes/events
and who works in a proactive and inspiring way with children and young people
We are looking for exceptional people, who are ready to make a difference!

Contact: Please request an application pack by emailing enquiries@urpotential.co.uk or telephoning the office on 01253 344398
Closing Date for Applications: Friday 7th July 2017
Interviews: Monday 10th July evening with young people
                         Friday 14th July 2017 with panel

Deborah Terras is Second in the World!!!!

It’s official!  Deborah Terras is second in the World Biathle rankings in her age group.

Deborah, Director of URPotential is a constant inspiration to all who know her. She has supported the URPotential team and volunteers to get active, involving us in ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, delivering a football coaching course that lead to volunteering or jobs, and getting young people into crown green bowling. She also supports Park Runs in Lytham & Blackpool. It is also a family affair – with her husband and children all excelling in sports.

She has utilised her sporting prowess to raise funds for local charities.  In September 2016 she completed as many mini triathlons as she could in 2 hours at Fleetwood baths to raise money for our ‘Leg It for Freddie’ campaign!  She was supported in this event by April Pollitt URPotential’s youth worker.

We at URPotential are incredibly proud of her and her dedication to sport and supporting others.

Deborah Terras & her husband Tony Terras representing Great Britain at the Biathle World championships in Sarasota Florida on Sunday 23rd October 2016

THE BIG LOCAL, REVOELUTION ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

The project

Nothing for you without you, is a new six month project taking place in the Revoe area of Blackpool. We are looking for community members to become trained researchers. We are running an introduction session to the scheme on Thursday 22nd June at the URPotnetial offices.

Address: 296 Central Drive, Blackpool, FY1 5JW

The role

We will Recognize and highlight community assets and strengths.

We will undertake questionnaires and focus groups to seek the views of local people

We will present the findings back to people

People we are looking for

We are looking for people that want to develop their research skills and their local community. No previous experience needed, age range 16 years plus. Are you welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic? and do you want to make change in the Revoe area? Can you spare some time? If so, you could be right for this scheme.

Blackpool Youth Voice Canada Trip – Jacob Adams

On the 28th of March 2017 I embarked on a three-day trip to Ottawa in Canada for a conference on 30th March with the United Nations Associations Canada and The British Council Canada. I attended the event as part of the British delegation with the British Youth Council along with two other young people and one worker.

The Active Citizens Youth Innovation Summit was to showcase the ideas of 15 young Canadian innovators and social entrepreneurs who had participated in phase one of the Active Citizens Social Enterprise training program with UNA-C and British Council Canada. Our role as the British delegation was to give our opinions and advice on these ideas of these young peoples as subject experts due to our background in social enterprise. The summit was a major success and it was a great opportunity to promote the two countries working together on such a great topic, social enterprise within young people, which is not promoted and encouraged enough on the British Parliaments agenda.

I met two amazing young people form London who I will keep in regular contact with and work with in one shape or another and there may be a possibility for the North and South in the UK to work together by connecting myself and the two other people on campaigns in the future.

URPotential Twitter Takeover!

URPotential believe that the people and  groups we work alongside, are the experts in telling their stories and the impact of URPotential. This month URPotential are launching ‘Take over twitter’ . Each week one of the groups or individuals will tweet about their experiences and activities using the Twitter @URP_Takeover

URPotential advocate for people’s voices and support building people’s capacity through volunteering, social action,  training and community development.

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