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URPOTENTIAL LGB&T YOUTH FEST 2017 SUCCESS

URPotential delivered the first National LGB&T Youth Conference in Blackpool on 11th February 2017 at the De Vere Hotel Blackpool.

The Conference Celebrated Diversity in LGB&T History Month. Over 100 LGB&T young people aged 13 to 18 attended. The event was funded by The Peoples Health Trust & CCG Fylde & Wyre.

Chloe Moyle and Nicole Adhsead from Blackpool 6th Form College entertained all delegates on arrival with their acoustic duets.

The event was opened by Helen Kershaw-Russell a lecturer at Blackpool & Fylde College, she delivered a Keynote speech about her personal journey.

The Inspirational speaker for the day was Calvin Lunt who talked honestly & openly about his LGB&T journey. His speech inspired the young people in the audience and set the positive tone for the day.

URPotential launched their LGB&T Educational Pack & DVD for schools, youth groups and Community groups before young people went into workshops of their choice.

After lunch the Skool of Street dance troupe got everyone up and dancing to YMCA before they moved into the afternoon workshops.

The Question Time panel consisted of Carolyn Mercer, Calvin Lunt, Travis Peters from Lancashire LGB&T, Katherine Mugonyi Equality & Diversity Officer for Blackpool Council, Theo Dainty young person, Jason Caton young person, Louise Dack young person. Young people asked questions about funding, LGB&T education in schools and how the panel felt the LGB&T agenda would develop over the next 10years.

Ian Ashton Equality & Diversity Lancashire Constabulary closed the event by thanking all young people for attending and URPotential LGB&T group for planning and delivering such a successful event. He said ‘This amazing conference must now become an annual event in the LGB&T calendar’

Discussions in workshops identified the need for a teachers LGB&T conference to inform and educate teachers to support LGB&T young people in schools.

Bullying was identified as the biggest issue affecting LGB&T young people coupled with poor emotional health & wellbeing and isolation. Plans are already in progress to deliver a teachers conference and URPotential LGB&T workers alongside young people will be rolling out the URPotential LGB&T Education Pack to local high schools.

Many thanks to the following agencies for making the day a huge success by giving up their Saturday to deliver workshops and have a stand offering advice and information.

Blackpool Councils WISH team brought the Information & Advice Bus offering Sexual health and relationships support for young people.

Workshops

Transmission 101 delivered by Lancashire LGB&T

Sexual Health and Relationships delivered by The WISH team & Horizon

Identity workshop delivered by URPotential LGB&T group

Transgender delivered by Mermaids

Positive Mental Health workshop delivered a Casher

Conflict Resolution workshop delivered by Tracey Booker

Chill workshop delivered by Kim White (Hodgson Academy) 

Hate Crime workshop delivered by Ian Ashton the Equality & Diversity officer for Lancashire Constabulary

Organisations who had stalls offering information and advice where:

Sparkle

Blackpool Scouts

Blackpool Libraries

Blackpool Transport

Grand theatre

Stonewall

Lancashire LGB&T

The Wish Team

Youthforia 2017

We ( Nicola, Jake and Harry ) went to Knowsley to represent Blackpool Youth Voice at Youthforia to disscus change in the north west. This meeting was based around SEN (Special Educationial Needs) and also if Youthforia was accessable for people with SEN or other disabilities. The event was on the 29th of januarry 2017 started at 10:00 AM and it started with registation and the hosts (Knowsley) having an explanation from the MYP of Knowsley, Tony, and other people from the steering group. Next we had a workshop about how we as young people could make Youthforia accessible for people with SEN or other disabilities. We disscused different topics such as, for example, how if the event host would have different level floors and if so if they could have lifts which were actually big enough for people with a wheelchair disabilities without making them feel in a enclosed and uncomfortable space. The next workshop we had was after lunch was a workshop about parliment, this ended up being a debate but was really good and I (Harry) thought was really fun. Overall I thought this was a good day ; me, jake and nicola learnt a lot. Our next meeting is tbc

#BeOnline17

#BeOnline17

Come and #BeOnline!

From 27th February till 12th March it is #BeOnline17. We will be having drop ins every Tuesday and Thursday at the URPotential offices between 10am to 1pm, and every Friday at St Peters Church on Lytham Road, Blackpool 1pm to 3pm, where we can support you in getting online, typing up a CV, or conducting a job search!

So why not come down for a brew and see how easy it is to #BeOnline!

Volunteer of the month – December

Bethany Stewart

Beth started with us in May of this year. Beth was quiet and reserved when she began, she started attending our youth groups and she attended our girls group and art group each week. She got involved to support with her social skills and confidence.

Beth has got involved with a number of activities so far in the short amount of time she has been signed up with us. Beth has been involved with all summer activities and training, such as facepaint training, grand theatre tour, peer supporter training and peer mentor training. These activities and short courses have supported Beth with building on confidence and talking to new people, in addition to new accreditations for her CV.

Beth is a polite young person and is always there to help staff and other peers when she is taking part of groups and activities. By Beth pushing herself to get involved with new things she is built on her confidence and social skills. She is continuing to get involved with activities and projects as well as attending college.

FACT Club Planting Day!

Members of the FACT club which is a club that meets on the first Tuesday in the month, it’s main focus is first aid but the members are happy to go out and help others, these pictures are from our bulb planting day at Larkholme Lodge where we planted up 61 plant pots and had a great day!

#IWILL Ambassadors Event

Jake and April attended the #IWILL Ambassadors event in London on Monday 21st November 2016. Jake and Josh are I Will Ambassadors for Blackpool as nominated by URPotential. The event invited all ambassadors to come together to meet and discuss what they were doing in their local community to support local action. The event was set out in workshops that the yp moved around different tables and discussed different issues and how they would tackle them. The participants then moved on to the houses of parliament for networking and to listen to stories from ambassadors and how it has helped them.

The event was a good opportunity to bring young people together and for them to share stories about their hard work and achievements on what they have been doing in their local communities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the young people who are ambassadors for the iwill social action campaign received a certificate, band and badge. They will continue to apply social action in their communities and share stories with IWill.

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