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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


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.


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:


Blackpool Scouts

Blackpool Libraries

Blackpool Transport

Grand theatre


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



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!

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