Fitter Fylde Coast

Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston has urged people across the Fylde coast to join him to break a Guinness World Record and promote a ‘fitter Fylde coast’ this summer.

People across the area have been encouraged to bring their children and families to Lytham Festival’s main arena on Lytham Green on the morning of Saturday 21 July to help break the record for the most people exercising to a fitness video. The current record, set in China, stands at 4,814 people.


Blackpool Pride 2018

This year URPotential were delighted to accompany 20 young people from their LGBT+ support groups that run across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre in the Blackpool Pride Parade. The sun was shining and spirits were high, the atmosphere was electric and the young people were very excited. Each one had made their own banner to walk with and show their pride, for some young people this was their very first pride event.

In addition to the parade some young people volunteered on the URPotential stall at the main event, and encouraged others to join in the fun. On the stall they raised £30 pounds to go towards desperately needed resources. The young people invited Pride goers to write positive messages to the world or draw a picture on the ground with chalk, and encouraged people to dance.

The young people had this to say about the event;

It was a fun and accepting event and I felt safe there

There was no homophobic behaviour and every one was really accepting-I’ve made some good memories

I was really nervous at first as it was my first time at Pride, but URPotential helped me get over that and have a great time with my friends from the group

If you are 11-13, 14-17 or 18-25 living in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre and identify as LGBT+ and would like to join a support group or seek 1 to 1 support  then please contact Louise Harrison or Nina Beavers on 01253 344398 for more information.

LGBT Young Peoples Successes May 2018

The Sheraton Trophy

This month has seen some incredible successes for the young people in our LGBT+ groups. First of all, we would like to congratulate Jade Mia Smith as the winner of the prestigious Sheraton Trophy, which celebrates achievements by young people in Wyre. It was awarded to her by the Mayor of Wyre at the Councils Annual General Meeting at the Civic Centre, Poulton-Le-Fylde.

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The LGBT Being Proud Awards Manchester

The Month of May also saw the young people from the LGBT groups travel to Manchester to attend the Being Proud Awards hosted by The Proud Trust. This event celebrates LGBT young people, their groups, their peers and supporters.  The atmosphere was electric and young people from all over the North of England showcased their talent and creativity with songs, artwork and stand-up comedy. In the category for Young Person of the Year URPotential had 3 nominees, Louise Dack who was runner up, Theo Dainty who took 3rd place and Jade Mia Smith who came 2nd. What really made the event even more special for the young people was URPotentials Trans group winning First Prize for Youth Group of the Year.

Princes Trust Radio Skills Course

The week ending 25th May saw the presentations to young people from the Princes Trust for developing their media skills.  They spent a full week learning studio skills and creating podcasts about themselves and things that mattered to them.  URPotentials LGBT group member Amber Cambridge and 2 friends attended this and produced an amazing podcast around LGBT Awareness and Young peoples’ issues, they even managed to pin down Nina Beavers-LGBT Coordinator at URPotential for an interview as part of their project.  Amber said, ‘I am really grateful to all that URPotential do to support me, including encouraging me to come on this course with The Princes Trust, it’s been really good for my confidence and I have made new friends’.

Call the office on 01253 344398 and ask for Nina2 or Louise or email or


URPotential awarded £92,620 by BBC Children in Need



URPotential based in Blackpool are delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded them a grant of £92,620 over 3 years. This grant will fund LGBT Provision and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

The funding from Children in Need will enable URPotential to provide services for LGBT+ young people 10 to 18 years of age. URPotential will offer LGBT young people a safe and friendly environment to meet other young people and access advice, information, guidance and learning opportunities.  We will offer weekly group support sessions age appropriate coupled with 1 to 1 support. We will support families of LGBT young people through

1 to 1 support, group support and training. We will raise awareness about the project and LGBT issues in primary schools and high schools and across our network of partners and local organisations. 

Nina Beavers the Project Co-ordinator had this to say about the funding, ‘I am delighted that these young people will have a safe place to meet with their peers, where they can help each other to thrive and truly feel part of a community that accepts them without prejudice.  It’s a privilege working with them and supporting them to develop the skills and knowledge that will help them to deal with life’s challenges, particularly those related to their gender or sexuality’

BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal.  Whether it’s cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.

All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.

BBC Children in Need is a charity registered in England and Wales (802052) and Scotland (SC039557) whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. 

BBC Children in Need are currently supporting c.2,600 projects that are working with children and young people facing a range of disadvantages or challenges in their lives such as, poverty and deprivation; abuse or neglect or any kind of disability.

International Women’s Day 2018

Another successful event was held at the Winter Gardens Blackpool on Saturday 10th March 2018 to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event, sponsored by Blackpool and The Fylde College attracted over 500 people.

Cheryl Dunn, B&FC Vice Principal HE and Student Enhancement, said: “B&FC is proud to have sponsored this important event which celebrates International Women’s Day. 

“As a College, we have a long history of helping students develop the skills they need to be competitive and successful in a range of technical and professional careers. 

“In support of this year’s theme, Press for Progress, B&FC continues to act as a catalyst for change, enabling increased access to further and higher education opportunities for all.”

The event showcased over 57 stalls, from local independent businesses such as: Kids Be Happy and Bijoux crochet crafts, to larger organisations such as The Imperial Hotel and Lancashire Constabulary Police Cadets. Helen Kershaw Russell compered the event with entertainment from Skool of Street, Blackpool Community Football Trust and local band Tongue of Fire.

URPotential has organised this event for the last 6 years with full support from the Fylde Coast International Women’s Day committee, The Soroptimists and Blackpool Ladies Rotary.

Anne Nolan, Fylde Coast IWD Ambassador, opened the event with an inspiring speech addressing the theme for this year #PledgeForParity campaign, asking that all genders come together to support an equal environment for everyone. Anne has continuously supported this event each year.

The bags and Bras for Hope project donated 30 bags to Fylde Coast Women’s Aid.  The bags, filled with toiletries and essentials, provide vital support for homeless women. In partnership with the Lingerie Lounge the event also asked women to donate their old bras for Cancer Research and to recycle for women in developing countries. Over 100 bras were donated.

Fylde Coast Women were recognised for their contribution to their communities with Awards, sponsored by Santander and presented by Anne Nolan.  There were winners in 2 categories::

Young Woman of the Year

Winner – Faye Ellie Rose – LGB&T Ambassador

Highly Commended  –  Jessica Basquill – Wyre Youth Mayor

Woman of the Year

Winner- Linda Stakehouse – Fleetwood PCSO

Highly Commended – Tina Hibbard – Fylde Coast Women’s Aid Manager

Deborah Terras, Director URPotential & Coordinator of the IWD event said:  ‘ This years’ event was spectacular.  It brought together people from all genders and communities on the Fylde Coast. The nominations for this year’s Fylde Coast Woman of the Year awards were outstanding, and it was an honour to have all the nominees at the event to receive their recognition. It makes you very proud to part of the Fylde Coast Community. Each year we think we can never build on the success of the previous year, and each year the support our event receives seems to increase. Huge thanks to our committee, especially Sue Thompson & Erin Croft, who gave their time to help organise the event and arrange all the stall holders and local female businesses’.  The International Women’s day event raises money for Fylde Coast Women’s Aid and ALL monies raised on the day go directly to the charity.”

URPotential Strengths Review Opportunity

URPotential are requesting expressions of interest from organisations or individuals to provide an organisational strengths review of our company, funded by the Big Lottery. Organisations/individuals are asked to submit a 2 page A4 expression of interest with detailed:

  • Plan of delivery
  • Evidence of skills and previous experience relevant to this proposal
  • References to support organisation/individual track record
  • Costings associated with full delivery including compiling of full report and recommendations to be submitted to the Directors by 27th April 2018

The review will take place in April 2018. It is anticipated the review will take no longer than 3 days to complete.

Please send expressions of interest to no later than 12.30pm on 30th March 2018

Blackpool Youth Council Youth Summit 2018

On Monday 19th February, Blackpool Youth Council held their annual Youth Summit at Blackpool and Fylde College University Centre before an audience of over 50 people, including young people and adults who have a vested interest in young peoples’ issues. The audience had the opportunity to gain an insight into the top 3 issues for young people in Blackpool, as determined by the recent Make Your Mark ballot in late 2017. Audience members then took part in a question and answer panel session where questions relating to Mental Health, A Curriculum to Prepare Us for Life and Work Experience Hubs for 11-18 year olds.

The panel consisted of: Baroness Jo Valentine (Business in the Community), Harry Bates MYP (Member of Youth Parliament for Blackpool), Linda Markey (Director, URPotential), David Eaton (Service Manager, CAMHS Blackpool), Pauline Wigglesworth (Programme Lead, HeadStart Blackpool), Graham Cowley (Chair, Blackpool Opportunity Area).

The discussions on Mental Health focused on the current provision of services available for young people and what organisations like CAHMS and HeadStart are doing in order to expand and improve the services available despite a funding shortfall.

A Curriculum to Prepare Us for Life had discussions that acknowledged major issues in the current PSHE policies of Blackpool’s schools and how young people require a broader education on progressing to the world of adulthood.

The Work Experience Hubs discussions focused on the ongoing work between the Blackpool Opportunity Area, URPotential, Baroness Jo Valentine (Business in the Community) and Blackpool’s schools to establish a strong network of work experience contacts and placements for Blackpool’s secondary school students, enabling students to access a broader range of opportunities. The need for useful and insightful work experience was also mentioned on multiple occasions, highlighting a lack of quality work experience in some areas.

From this event, Blackpool Youth Council rebranded with a new identity (formerly Blackpool Youth Voice) and hopes that the forthcoming year will be one of successes where the issues young people have raised can be acted upon.

It was great to see a great turnout overall and amazing seeing that our group has backing from substantial areas of the community. It was a productive night and we thank everyone who came to show their support.

If you would like to get involved in Blackpool Youth Council, please contact April at URPotential. 01253 344398,



Blackpool Youth Voice Youth Summit

On Monday 19th February 2018, Blackpool Youth Voice will be holding a youth summit at Blackpool and The Fylde College University Centre, from 5.00pm-8.00pm The purpose of the event is to discuss the top issues of the MYM (Make Your Mark) campaign: living wage, curriculum for life and transport. The evening will also consist of a networking session and a Q&A session with a panel made up of people with expertise in the 3 MYM issues.


Mental Health:

In England, one in four suffer from mental health, some of these could begin in childhood. most who had mental health at the age of 26, half had previous mental health in the past younger than 15, three-quarters by the age of 18. By 20/02/21 the government is pushing to have 70,000 more children and young people should have high access to good quality mental health care. They are also putting £1 billion into mental health services to assure more people have access.

Curriculum For Life:

A curriculum for life is basically where schools provide education for life situations or problems. These things could be taxes, finance, sex and relationships, politics etc. These things would be covered in a lesson called PSHE. Then children an young will be learning life skills which are required to manage their lives, now and in the future. schools are also allowed to cover other topics which they feel is necessary for their pupils.

Work Experience Hubs for 11-18 year olds:

65% of employers reported that relevant work experience was critical when recruiting. Sate funded schools in England are not made sure that their pupil’s participate in work experience under the age of 16. Others that don’t provide education are expected to provide appropriate work experience or work related learning to young people aged 16-19 as part to study programmes. However some schools do provide work experience to pupils in key stage 4 (14 to 16) as a must.

Refreshments will be provided upon arrival at the event.

Blackpool and The Fylde College, University Centre, Park Rd, Blackpool FY1 4ES

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