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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.

URPotential Grand Ball 2017

URPotential would like to thank everyone who came to our 1st Fundraising Ball last year and helped us raise over £4000 for young people across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. We are now supporting young people to access equipment and resources to help them achieve their true potential and that is down to you and your generosity!

This year we are proud to announce our Grand Ball on 11th November 2017 at Ribby Hall.

 *****EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*****

Tickets are available now £45pp until 31st July 2017 (£50 from 1st August)

All proceeds to go to URPotential Youth Fund to support young people across Blackpool Fylde and Wyre.

Please contact ball@urpotential.co.uk to book your tickets for another amazing night of fun, laughter and fundraising!

Attending Careers & Enterprise event at Sheffield

As part of the URPotential Team I was invited to go to the Careers and Enterprise annual conference in Sheffield on Wednesday 10th May, along with Nicola Dawber, member of Blackpool Youth Voice.   The conference/AGM showcased the work done by the Company across the country and also talked about the future investment for areas, to improve careers and enterprise provision in schools across England.

Our role was to show what URPotential can offer to schools & community regarding youth volunteering and social action. URPotential can provide interactive school assemblies and accredited training and volunteering opportunities. We can also offer 1 to 1 assessment and matching sessions so that we can engage and support young people to take part in volunteering,  fundraising and other social action activities.

Hundreds of people from across the education, business and skills sectors attended the conference, and we spoke to some lovely people including Dr Rania Marandos, Deputy CEO of the #IWILL  campaign……We also heard a very inspiring speech from the Olympic medal-winning gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE.

I was thrilled to be asked to represent URPotential at a national conference and I am now part of Blackpool Youth Voice working towards supporting the voice of young people in The Town.

 

 

URPotential New Youth fund

URPotential held their first Futures Ball in September 2016, the aim of the event was to raise funds to help young people break down financial barriers to reach their potential. URPotential would like to thank everyone who attended the Ball and helped to raise the funds.

We are now offering an opportunity for young people (11-25) to apply for the funding to purchase items that would benefit them in gaining employment, training, education or volunteering.

The money raised is to support young people who struggle financially to reach their full potential. The funds will be available upon application & can be requested by contacting URPotential.

Individual Youth Fund Process

Complete an application form (see bottom of this page or or email info@urpotential.co.uk or ring office 01253 344398.)

Application forms need to have sufficient information about how the funded items will benefit you in gaining employment, training, education or volunteering.

Following submission of application, young people may be invited for an informal interview or a telephone interview to obtain any further information that may be required in order to make a decision.

Applications will be considered by Blackpool Youth Voice within two weeks of receipt.

Final authorisations will be within three weeks of receipt.

Applications will be contacted with the decision and consulted regarding the purchase.

URPotential will make the purchase of equipment, materials, etc. on behalf of the applicant

Criteria

  • Applicants must be 11-25 years old and live in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre.
  • Maximum of £250; in exceptional circumstances additional funding may be applicable up to £500.
  • Individuals can only make one application per year.
  • URPotential will make the purchase on behalf of the applicant.
  • The Youth Fund is for individuals only

The funding must benefit the applicant’s development or access to education employment, training or volunteering.

You can either download the application below, or click here to fill in an application online

 

If you have any problems downloading this document, please contact us.

Application for UrPotential Youth Fund

Selnet Awards 2017

On Friday 28th April URPotential Team, attended the SELNET Awards. URPotential were finalists in 2 categories: Social Enterprise of the year and Social Enterprise partnership of the Year with Strawberryfields Training.  Our Director Deborah was also up for an award in the Selnet Social Champion category. URPotential won the Social Enterprise Award for 2017.

We are absolutely thrilled and would like to thank our team, volunteers, steering group, funders and partners. A massive well done to everyone.

Congratulations to Laura!

All of us at URPotential would like to say congratulations to our admin apprentice Laura, who has successfully completed her NVQ and has now got a full time job with URPotential! Read her story below!

My Journey

 

I left high school in June 2015 and enrolled at Blackpool and Fylde College on a Makeup course. I did not enjoy this so I changed my options to do a health and social care course. I was there for around 2 months and I knew that being at college wasn’t for me. I then found a job working in a cafe but after a few months I decided to look for an apprenticeship because I wanted a career and to better myself.

I went to Connexions and they helped me to find an apprenticeship company, called Workology. I had to tell them what I was interested in doing which was customer service and helping people. This is when I got my first ever interview at URPotential for an admin apprentice role. I came to the interview with no administration experience. I lacked so much confidence, and I had absolutely no interview experience. Unfortunately, I was not offered the place. I kept trying and trying, and eventually got myself an apprenticeship at an estate agent in Blackpool. After a few months of working there my boss had to let me leave, due to financial problems.

This was a shame, but didn’t stop me from trying again. Workology helped me to find another apprenticeship and luckily enough URPotential asked me back for another interview. I was shocked but relieved as I thought now I can show them how I have progressed from my first interview. It had made me more ambitious to get the apprenticeship.  Sitting in front of Linda and Ben for the second time felt less daunting, I felt more confident because I brought with more knowledge about administration, more experience with interviews.  A few days letter I received a phone call off Linda telling me they were offering me the apprenticeship, I was over the moon, and finally began to realise this would be the start of my journey, and could lead me to reaching my potential.

Whilst working at URPotential I was also having to do work for my NvQ level 2 Business Administration was a struggle as I was also given more responsibilities in my work place. I was given the role as office administrator apprentice. The jobs included data inputting and managing databases, creating flyers, photocopying, scanning, laminating etc. I picked up these jobs quite easily and quickly I was also given the job to answer telephone calls and answering the door, greeting visitors.  I was very nervous and very shy to start off with. I lacked confidence and I was very quiet. This changed over time as i became more and more confident answering calls and dealing with all different types of people that came into our office.

Through working at URPotential I was offered the opportunity to go on training courses to help me gain more knowledge. I have been on First Aid training, customer service training, and also digital champion training, I am now a digital champion which means I now can go out and help people to get online; learning how to use a laptop, creating an email, online shopping, the list is endless. Going on this course has helped me make a difference to people’s lives. This makes me very proud and I find it personally satisfying.  

My apprenticeship finished at the end of April, and then have been offered a full time job at URPoential, it will have included on going on more training so I can carry on progressing. Thanks to Debbie and Linda, without them wouldn’t be where I am today.  I have progressed so much from when I began, thanks to the whole of the URPotential team. Each member of staff made me feel so welcome from the very first day, they have taught me so much, and I can do more things now which I never thought I would be able to. URPotential really do see the good in people and they will do everything they can to help you reach your goal. I am so glad I came for the second interview because it just shows it was meant to be.

Youth & Community Worker’s Terms & Conditions

The Youth Work Unit Yorkshire and the Humber are conducting research regarding the JNC (Pink Book) Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Professional Status of Youth Work in a time of massive upheaval, in partnership with Unite the Union through CYPW. The research considers matters of fundamental importance to the sector and we are seeking the views of youth work practitioners.

In order to gather views, they have developed a short consultation exercise, which can be completed online. It will take about ten minutes. Please take just a small amount of time out of your day to help them ensure they capture the thoughts of as many interested parties as possible:

https://goo.gl/forms/hqLtQgG8RvGiqBr72

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