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:

Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser!


URPotential staff attended the Lytham ladies circle arranged a chocolate tasting evening in aid of fundraising for URPotential’s chosen young person, Freddie Wright. 


The chocolate tasting event took place at Lytham cricket club, church road, Lytham. At 7:30 till 9:30


On Thursday 2nd March 2017


Sam, Debbie, Linda, April, and Louise went along to the event to support Lytham ladies and be involved in the evening. Sam delivered a brief speech about who URPotential were and who Freddie Wright was, why we had been fundraising for him and what we had done to raise £1700 in the past 9 months, Sam also mentioned what the money raised would fund i.e. his electrical impulse sock and gauntlet, his physiotherapy, and his Botox injections.

How was the evening

It was a very productive evening, there were many attendees. Who were all willing to buy raffle tickets that went towards Fundraising for Freddie. The evening began with the Lytham Ladies circle introducing the event, Sam, and the chocolate company. Once the speeches were complete the chocolate tasting got underway, there was 10 chocolates to taste, all different kinds from milk and white chocolates to more acquired tasting chocolates such as rhubarb and lemon and poppy seed. The chocolate tasting concluded with orders being placed, which the commission from all orders were to be donated to Freddie. The raffle was drawn and the evening was concluded with a chocolate hamper raffle.

What was the outcome?

Lytham ladies and the chocolate tasting event managed to raise a grand total of £720 for the Leg it for Freddie fundraising campaign.

Blackpool Youth Voice MYP Elections

On Saturday 4th March 2017 it was announced that 14 year old Harry Bates, a pupil of Highfield Leadership Academy, had been victorious in Blackpool’s recent Member of Youth Parliament

(MYP) election. Harry based his campaign on: curriculum that prepares you for life; campaign for affordable spaces for young people and free funding for local sport activities to keep people healthy and active. This helped secure him 179 votes, representing 39.9% of the vote. He is following in the succession of Jake Adams, 18 years old, who has faithfully served in his position for two years. Connor Danson, 16, who attends Blackpool Sixth form, was elected Blackpool’s Deputy Member of Youth Parliament (DMYP) with 156 votes, representing 34.7% of the total vote.

Jake Adams- Outgoing MYP:
“I’m honoured to have served as your MYP for the last two years. I hope that during my term I have made a real difference for the young people of Blackpool and made it easier for young people to express their views. I wish good luck to Harry and Connor in their roles”

Harry Bates- Newly elected MYP:
Twitter: @harrybatesmyp
“Following on from the election result I feel it’s vital for me and Connor to honour our election promises. One of these we both agree on is a curriculum for life.”

Connor Danson- Newly elected DMYP:
Twitter: @connor_dmyp
“As DMYP, I will be dedicated to getting the voices of young people heard and fulfilling my manifesto goals. I hope to improve the lives of young people across Blackpool and make a difference.”

National Diversity Awards


URPotential are proud to announce that we have been nominated in 3 categories for the National Diversity Awards 2017.

URPotential have been nominated for

 Community Organisation Award – Multi-Strand

Wendy Pearce our youth and community worker has been nominated for

Positive Role Model Award – Age

Nina Beavers our LGB&T youth worker has been nominated for

Positive Role Model Award – LGBT

It would mean a lot to us if you could follow this link and vote for us!

(click on the link and then search for URPotential, Wendy Pearce & Nina Beavers in the ‘search for nominee by name’)

Thank you to all who support us to become finalists in these prestigious awards.

MYP Elections 2017

Blackpool Youth Voice announced their new campaign that during Feb/March 2017 there will be the new Member of Youth Parliament elections. The group planned and ran 3 sessions at the Town hall. First was to meet the young people who have put themselves forward to be candidates and to discuss the process (Mon 6th Feb 5.30-7pm), the next session at the Town hall was a Q&A session for the running candidates (Wed 1st march 5.30-7pm), then the final session at the town hall was the final election day (Sat 4th march 11-1pm). 

The 4 Candidates for MYP election 2017. Left to right Liam, Connor, Harry & Jack.

During the campaign the group advertised the role and this was sent to yp, schools, colleges, youth groups, carers centre etc. they set a deadline for the declaration of interest and then a voting time period.

The campaign received 450 votes all together for the 4 final candidates.

The BYV group members supported with the whole process, i.e manifestos & Q&A session.

The campaign was successful and have recruited new members to the group.

If you would like to be a member please contact for more information

Comic Relief

The URPotential staff dressed up as superheroes in aid of Comic Relief on Thursday 23rd March! From Super Computer & Captain Sunshine to Admin Girl and Captain Sparkle (including Email Girl, who was out on a superhero mission) all the staff were raising money for comic relief by donating to dress up and a cake sale!



We are very proud to say we have been nominated for the National Diversity Awards in the Community Organisation – Multi Strand category! It would mean so much to us if you could follow this link and then search for URPotential and vote for us!

We have also been shortlisted for the Selnet Awards in 2 categories! The Social Enterprise of the Year Category & Most Effective Collaboration with Strawberry Fields Training.




International Women’s Day 2017

Another successful event was held at the Winter Gardens Blackpool on Saturday 11th March 2017, to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event was sponsored by Blackpool and The Fylde College and saw over 700 women attending with a few celebrities popping in to give their support.

Cheryl Dunn, Vice Principal HE and Student Enhancement said “B&FC is proud to have sponsored this important event that celebrates International Women’s Day.  As a College, we have 125 years of helping students develop the skills they need to be competitive and successful in a range of technical and professional careers.  In line with this year’s theme, we will continue to be a catalyst for change, enabling increased access to further and higher education opportunities for all.”

The event showcased over 60 stalls, from local independent businesses such as Katie’s candles and Mask Mayhem to larger organisations Homestart and The Body Shop. Helen Kershaw Russell compared the event with entertainment from Skool of Street, Alimandazumba, Chloe Rose Moyle, Nicky Figgins & The Dream Team Singers. URPotential co-ordinated the event, with full support from the Fylde Coast International Women’s Day committee, Fylde Ladies circle, Soroptmists and the Rotary Ladies. Anne Nolan opened the event with an inspiring speech addressing the theme for this year #PledgeForParity campaign and committing to help women and girls achieve their ambitions by; challenging conscious and unconscious bias; calling for gender-balanced leadership; valuing women and men’s contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. 

The Bags and Bras for Hope project donated over 60 bags to Fylde Coast Women’s Aid and Streetlife, supporting women with a bag of toiletries and essentials which are vital for homeless women. Judith Davitt who coordinated the Bags for Hope explained “This year we have yet again supported women with the essentials that many of us take for granted. Next year we hope to work with women’s groups to ensure all women who are either homeless or in circumstances where they require support, will have access to essential toiletries and sanitary provisions ‘

This year Fylde Coast Women were recognised for their contribution to their communities with winners in 2 categories, sponsored by Longfellows & Morrisons and presented by Danielle Barnett:

Young Woman of the Year

Winner – Nicola Dawber –  Blackpool Youth Voice and Blackpool Carers

Highly Commended  –  Emma Jeffrey, Fylde Sharks
                                          Rosie Carter-Rothwell , St Annes Town Council

Woman of the Year

Winner- Linda Mc Evilly –Care&Share  and St Monica’s Church

Highly Commended – Kirsten Burnett, Lytham Park Run Coordinator

A very special High Sheriff of Lancashire Award, was presented by John Barnett, High Sheriff of Lancashire, to Wendy Pearce, who has supported young people and communities in Blackpool for over 30 years. A truly inspirational woman!

Deborah Terras, Director URPotential ‘ Each year we  think we can never build on the  success of the previous year and year on year, the support our event receives increases. We are overwhelmed by the support of communities across all genders and are thrilled that this year we celebrated gender equality together. Huge thanks to the our committee especially Sue Thompson, who each year arranges all the stall holders and supports local female businesses’  The International Women’s day event raised money for Fylde Coast Women’s Aid.

Our director Deborah Terras handing over a cheque for £600 to Fylde Coast Women’s Aid

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