URPotential Team

We’re here to help you realise your potential.

At URPotential we have a great team made up of qualified professional with a broad range of skills and experience in youth and community, volunteering and support work.

We are always looking for sessional youth and community workers, community tutors and volunteers. If you want to work/volunteer with us please get in touch for an application form  info@urpotential.co.uk or give us a call 01253 344398

Staff 

Director

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!

I dabble in triathlons, biathlons and biathles and recently qualified to represent GB in 2016 European and World Championships but above all my favourite time is having fun with my family.

Director

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.

Non-Exec Director

I have been both a youth work practitioner and now a senior academic at the University of Cumbria. I have worked at the University as Programme Leader for the Youth & Community Work Team for the past 8 years and manages the Professional Fieldwork Placements. I have worked within the Applied Social Science Faculty, the Education Faculty and am now within the new Health & Sciences Faculty. As part of this team I work 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 I worked for the YMCA Movement for 23 years both at a local and national level. In my last role I 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.

I continue 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. I have been the Chair of URPotential’s Steering Group and more recently appointed as a Director of the Company.

Non-Exec Director

I am 17 and have been a young carer for my mum and other members of my family since I was 10 years old. I am a member of Blackpool Youth Voice and have been involved with Blackpool Make Your Mark campaigns, MYP Elections and attended youthforia events. I was also involved in the planning and delivery of two Blackpool Youth Summits. I am a member of Blackpool young carers and attend a young adult carer group to be part of activities and meetings with other young people who have a caring responsibility. I have also volunteered in my community at events such as International Women’s Day and fundraising for local causes.    

This year I was nominated for the Fylde Coast Young Woman of the year and was successful in gaining this accolade. I am an I Will ambassador for URPotential whilst also sitting on the URPotential steering group representing young people’s voice. I have also recently been appointed as a young Director of the company to support the companies’ future.

Operations Manager

I am the operations manager for URPotential, and oversee different projects including youthwork volunteers.

I have over 25 years experience in youth & community work, delivering a range of youth & community work provision across the fylde coast. I have a BA Hons degree in youth & community studies, A1 assessor and PTTLS qualifications.

 

Training Coordinator

I have over 25 years management experience gained in a number of different settings, including the not for profit sector.   I have studied an ILM Level 5 in Leadership and Management and have completed several management courses.

 Having worked with volunteers for almost 20 years I have an appreciation of the rich and varied skills and characteristics that they can bring to organisations.  I believe that success comes when you harness an individual’s strengths, provide a platform for their skills and continue to nurture, motivate and encourage them to achieve.   I derive a great deal of satisfaction from mentoring; especially the younger members of our wonderfully diverse group, and I love being part of an energetic, positive and creative team!

Participation & Engagement Worker

Hi, I’m April and I am a Youth and Community worker here at URPotential. I started URPotential as a volunteer and began by running the Art group for young people and got involved in other projects that developed a wide range of skills and knowledge. I have a PTLLS qualification, a degree in Textile Crafts and I am a qualified JNC Youth and Community Worker.

I am the Participation and Engagement worker, this includes supporting Blackpool Youth Voice, Peer Mentors and developing and supporting social action projects across Blackpool. 

Throughout my time at URPotential I have been involved in different projects, activities and events. I have delivered Move into volunteering and Peer Mentoring Training. Developed and delivering adult training and a Peer Support programme.

Fylde Fieldworker&Step Up Specialist Support Worker

I am the Fylde fieldworker for Fylde Coast Be Involved and Step Up Specialist Support Worker, I am currently in training working towards my Level 2 Youth work qualification after completing my Level 1 earlier this year. Previous to working at URPotential I gained a Bsc Hons in Forensic Psychology, I also volunteered with Addaction, Youth Offending Team and Lancashire Women’s centre.

Although I had my degree and other qualifications, I was struggling to find paid work; this was made a little more difficult with having two young children. At the women’s centre I was encouraged to apply for a position at URPotential, a Position I new I wasn’t qualified for however instead of being rejected, I received a phone call from Deborah Terras, although I hadn’t gained the position she believed I had potential and she offered me a place on the level 1 youth work course, this gave me a massive confidence boost which was much needed.

Upon completion of the course I volunteered for a short while before being offered a paid position which was fantastic, I’m now on a new exciting career path, gaining new qualifications and expanding my knowledge within the area.

sam@urpotential.co.uk

IT Manager

I am the IT Manager for URPotential. I attended Cardinal Newman College where I studied Business Studies, BTEC IT & Communication Studies. My main roles are to maintain the IT systems for URPotential, maintain the website & social media and send off accreditation. I also do one day a week admin for Greater Together

I have completed my level 2 in Business Admin and am currently working towards completing my Level 3 NVQ in Management.

BBO & Fylde & Wyre LGBT Worker

I am a qualified youth and community worker with a varied background in the field, I have taken part in numerous projects such as youth groups, targeted youth programmes, and one to one work with at risk young people. Upon completion of my youth and community development degree (Ba Hons) I spent a year travelling and working in Australia which has allowed my knowledge and experience to grow and develop. I believe young people and the community should be given a voice and be involved in decisions that affect them. For URPotential I am the BBO Invest in Youth project worker and Fylde & Wyre LGBT Worker

louise@urpotential.co.uk

Admin

I am the admin at URPotential. Before working here i was working at an estate agents, where i viewed properties and carried out admin activities

I started my apprenticeship at URPotential back in April. My role is to maintain the database, assisting Ben at the front office, and general office duties. I am also a Digital Champion, where i help individuals learn basic computer skills. I also work alongside the Training coordinator, booking training courses for individuals, researching training opportunities. 

LGBT Worker

Hello, I am Nina Beavers, I am currently the Youth Support Worker for various groups in Blackpool, these include LGBT under 25’s and LGBT family support, and the Young Trans* group. I am also on the Targeted Youth Support team for Wyre and Fylde. I have been involved in Youth and Community work for approximately 20 years obtaining my professional Community and Youth work qualification from St Martins College in Lancaster in 1996.

I’ve worked in variety formal and informal settings from centre based to detached, and everything in between! I’ve been a foster carer, and am I Barnardos Supported Lodgings volunteer, I embrace new experiences, and my life changed dramatically when I adopted a little boy. Life is a learning curve where anything is possible.

Admin Apprentice

Hi my name is Erin. I am currently the Admin Apprentice at URPotential. Before I started at URPotential I completed my studies at St Mary’s Sixth form studying Btec Sport, Ctec Business, Religious Studies and Applied Science. My role includes answering the phone, ensuring the data base is kept updated, being the first point of contact when people enter the building and carrying out general duties within the office.

When I complete my apprenticeship I hope to gain a Diploma in Business Admin but also gain valuable experience within the work place and gain skills that can be used throughout the apprenticeship but also once the apprenticeship has been completed. I also hope to attend different courses, as the different courses will help further my knowledge in certain areas which can then be put to use once my apprenticeship comes to an end.

Wyre Fieldworker

Hi I’m Amanda and I joined the team as a casual worker. I am level 3 qualified youth worker and have recently gained a level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I have over 20 years’ experience working with children and young people and families and have worked in many areas of youth work and support for example; youth clubs, targeted youth support within schools, 1-1, group work, special educational needs and diversionary activities to name a few. I am now enjoying using my experience and skills with URPotential.

Targeted Youth Worker

I am Wendy Pearce, I have been a youth worker for over 39 years, I qualified as a level 3 youth & community worker at St.Martins in 1986, followed by tutor training at St.Martins in 1987, this enabled me to run youth and community centres in Blackpool, Wyre and the Fylde, being responsible for staff and young peoples residential’s. Once qualified as a tutor I worked for the WEA running women’s courses throughout Lancashire, also introduction to youth work courses and later introduction to volunteering. I have signed up lots of young people to volunteering which has set them on their path to future careers. I have also run babysitting courses with both boys and girls for the past 35 years, in the last 4 years I have worked at UR Potential, running babysitting courses and the girls groups,  I also work with 7-11 year olds at the E.P.S boys and girls club.

Specialist Support Worker

Hi, I’m Sally and I’m currently delivering courses for UR Potential focusing on employability, ICT and customer service. I am a qualified teacher and have been teaching in secondary schools for the past 14 years. I have also worked at Blackpool Sixth Form as part of the Learning Support team helping to ensure that students with additional needs can achieve their full potential.

My new role within the UR Potential team is as a Specialist Support Worker for the Building Better Opportunities Changing Futures project. This project aims to support people who are at risk of exclusion from the job market by reducing and removing barriers to employment.

BBO Specialist Support Worker

My Experience is working within community development, working within numerous projects & also coordinating the trainee community outreach worker project. I have also worked as a liaison officer co-coordinating and supporting tenants during the refurbishment of social housing properties and recently working for Home Start as a group worker.

My new role within URPotential is an Age of Opportunity, Building Better Opportunities Specialist Support Worker for Over 50s.

This exciting new project aims to identify, help & support over 50s back into work, training or volunteering.

StepUpProject Manager

I am a qualified careers advisor and project manager with a diploma in careers guidance and NVQ level 5 in operational management. I have over 30 years experience in working with a range of clients from a number of different backgrounds. I enjoy working with people and helping them to reach their true potential. I have recently started at URPotential to manage a project working with offenders and to support them with their needs and to get them back into employment. This is something that I feel really passionate about. I am really looking forward to working with the team to make a difference to peoples lives.

I am very active and I enjoy going to the gym. I do this so that I can eat cake!

Step-Up Specialist Support Worker

I am an experienced professional with an extensive background working within education, social care, IT and customer service.  I’m currently in the second year of a degree in Working with Young People at Blackpool and Fylde College with an outlook to completing a BA once this complete.

My employment has included roles within family support, early intervention, pastoral support and residential childcare.  I have worked with families, young people and children from a wide variety of backgrounds (ethnic and socio-economic) experiencing many different cultures, languages and expectations.

I have previously worked for URPotential as a Peer Mentor Co-Ordinator supporting young people aged 11- 16 in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre to training volunteers using a co-ordinated training program that focuses on young people forming mentoring relationships, understanding the issues that young people face and accessing routes of support they can access.

I enjoy working with children and young people and the roles I have undertaken have been a hugely rewarding learning experience for me. I personally believe every person has the right to an education, to feel safe and to be respected in any environment.

Step Up Specialist Support Worker

I have been a hairdresser most of my life and worked in numerous Barbers cutting men’s hair, however I felt I wanted to do something different. At 36 I decided to go back to school where I took 5 GCSE’S ,then I did my A levels and progressed onto studying Criminology and Criminal Justice at Palatine University in 2010 and received a B.A Hons in this. I then went to work at a hostel(supported housing) for ex-offenders who had just come out of prison. Most of the service users were MAPPA clients and Sex Offenders. It was very challenging but great experience. I worked there for 2 years and then took this role as a specialist support worker helping ex-offenders into work.

Transformational Coach

My name is Amanda in 2013 I started volunteering within my community of Grange Park where I was a participant on the Blackpool Alcohol inquiry which was led by Our life for Dr Arif Rajpura the director of Public Health Blackpool. Following on from this I visited local community groups and became a volunteer at the The Cherwell Centre youth club.  I then went on to do my Level 1 ABC Awards Youthwork with URPotential to gain a qualification, with no intention of taking it further. After completing my Level One I enrolled at Blackpool University centre to do a level 3 Children and Young Peoples Workforce. I became a volunteer at Blackpool Families in Recovery as my placement and became passionate about supporting people in recovery. I also enjoyed studying and close to the end of my Level 3 became Chairperson of Blackpool Families in Recovery. I then made the decision to enroll on to a foundation degree in Family Support and Wellbeing. I also volunteered for a short period of time for Jobs,Friends and Houses and then secured paid employment within a month. I finally completed my foundation degree in July 2017 and made the decision once again to further my education and applied for my BA Honours in Family Support and Wellbeing. I have now started as a Transformational Coach with URPotential supporting people to overcome barriers they may be faced with, to enable them to eventually gain employment or volunteering. I have experience of supporting people from all backgrounds which will enable me to support people to reach their full potential.

Children's Worker

Hi, I’m Natalie and am happy to have recently joined the team at URPotenial as a sessional worker. Currently, I am co-ordinating the healthy eating project which runs throughout summer holidays. I hold a BSc Hons in Psychology, PGDip in specific learning difficulties and an MA in Social work which is paired with over 24yrs experience of working within both voluntary and statutory youth and community settings including; adventure playgrounds, inner city schools, youth and community centres, leaving care and adolescence services, behaviour support teams to name a few. I am passionate about alternative health and nutrition and like to incorporate this philosophy into my work by promoting healthy eating. I work hard at reducing the barriers to learning and am looking forward to sharing my skills and knowledge with the team.

Community Tutor

Hi I’m Eric and I am a tutor with UR Potential I teach a variety of subjects which include First Aid and Safeguarding, I have been a nurse for 43 years, In the past I have been a redcoat at Butlins , a part of the Flamborough Lifeboat crew, and I am currently part of the British Red Cross on their Adult Education team. I have lots of qualifications some of which I can’t remember. I am a family man with seven lovely grandchildren one of whom is currently the CYP boxing champion of Yorkshire, so I spend a lot of my time with them. When not working I am a football fan and will watch any match available.

Community Tutor
Research & Tutor

Stuart Dunne MA is a current student at the University of Manchester undertaking an Education Doctorate in Citizenship and Engagement. Stuart is delivering a number of schemes for UR Potential that focus on training and service evaluation. Two of the current schemes are external evaluations in St Helens and Lancashire. Using qualitative evidence to measure impact, Stuart is working in partnership with staff and young people using action based research methodology. Stuart also has a long standing history of developing youth provision for both the local government and voluntary sector.

Internal Verifier
Photographer

I’m a qualified photographer with over 30 years experience. I support the PR of UR Potential and take all the professional photographs.

Strategy Consultant

Mark has over 20 years of experience in the defence sector, principally as a systems engineer (from a military background). He has worked on a number of export bids with values up-to £2.5bn in a technical management role where the concept of systemised visualisation first evolved. Mark is an experienced programme manager in the export environment responsible for contract winning and execution for £500m of contracts.Mark has applied his unique systemised visualisation techniques over a period of 10 years in a variety of situations from business winning to programme execution. Most recently, Mark moved into the consulting sector where he is establishing a unique blend of systems thinking, project/proposal management and visualisation skills under his “Practical Visioneering” brand. He is passionate around learning and the importance of mentoring for development of individuals and organisations.

Children's Worker


Volunteers

LGBT Group Volunteer

I’m Anna and I support Nina Beavers with the LGBT groups

Volunteer Youthworker

I’m Jess and I support Nina Beavers with the LGBT Group

Volunteer Youthworker

My name is Graham and I volunteer here at U R Potential, I help run the art group with April and I also support the delivery of the Targeted Youth Support programme.
I like to think I’m quite a creative kind of guy being a keen photographer and a very keen graffiti artist, I have done a fair bit of wall decoration both inside and out here at the office 🙂
I really enjoy my work here and there are plans to get some training under my belt very soon so I can expand my youth work skills and continue helping the young people of the Fylde Coast to get creative and enjoy art.

Volunteer Youthworker

Hi I’m Katey and I’m working with Blackpool Youth Voice, I have been helping out with the group for a while and have now become a volunteer youth worker. As well as volunteering with UR Potential I work for the Prince’s Trust helping to deliver programmes to 16-25 year olds and mentoring young people who are unemployed and not education.

I am about to start my Youth work level two qualification which will then allow me to look at further career options within youth work.

Volunteer Youthworker

My name is Simon and I have been a volunteer for many years in a wide range of different projects, from being a member of Wyre Youth Council to being a volunteer in a youth club setting. I find being a volunteer rewarding and enjoy seeing young people increase their self-confidence and self-esteem. I also like to keep up to date with current affairs and issues affecting young people. I have previously obtained my Youth Work Level One qualification and at the moment I am working towards achieving my level 2 in Youth Work Training. Currently I am also supporting various different groups to increase and broaden my experience.

Volunteer Youthworker
Hello, my name is Julie and I started volunteering earlier this year with Nina and the LGBT* group for under 25’s.  I am enjoying meeting the young people and look forward to developing my skills with UR Potential.
I work full time as a Learning Resource Mentor at the Blackpool Sixth Form, and also support the student LGBT* Group.
In my spare time, I have been a member of a local ladies choir for over 10 years and am currently the secretary.  On occasion when required, I read for the Talking Newspaper.

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