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.

Blackpool Youth Voice AGM 2016

Blackpool Youth Voice (BYV), held their second Youth Summit on November 15th 2016 at the prestigious Blackpool town hall. Over 40 people were in attendance representing schools, colleges, uniformed groups, voluntary groups and community youth projects across Blackpool. The evening consisted of two parts: the first being BYV AGM and the second being the Youth Summit, where a question and answer session was included.

Jake Adams BYV’s Chair, presented their annual report. Members of the group were also given the opportunity to speak about how the group has personally benefited them.

The Youth Summit was designed to enable participants to discuss with the panel members the top three issues identified from the recent Make Your Mark campaign. The panel members consisted of Jake Adams (Chair of Blackpool Youth Voice & Blackpool’s Member of Youth Parliament), David Williams (PM lead at Blackpool Sixth Form), John Stainton (CASHIER), Wendy Casson (Head of Education Diversity) and Lesley Slack (Assistant Head teacher for Education Diversity).

The national Make Your Mark campaign was open from August 12th to October 7th 2016. The campaign is a part of the British Youth Council, United Kingdom Youth Parliament campaign, which is a ballot paper for young people, aged 11 to 18, to have their say on what is debated by their Member of Youth Parliament’s in the House of Commons every year. BYV previously managed the campaign in 2015 achieving a staggering 8,893 ballots (~64% turn out) and this year we gathered 6,024 (~44% turnout) which, while lower than the previous year, is an impressive figure that we’re proud of.

The top three issues from Blackpool young people during the Make Your Mark campaign were Curriculum to prepare us for Life, Mental Health and Stop cuts that affect the NHS.

Curriculum for Life:14.59% of the total votes in make your mark were for Curriculum to prepare us for life.  The purpose of Curriculum to prepare us for life is to give young people vital information in order for them to have the best possible opportunities in life and leave school more prepared for independent living. Teachers should be specifically trained to a national standard to deliver this education to ensure to all students, no matter where they’re from, are receiving the best possible citizenship education. 

Stop Cuts That Affect the NHS:The purpose of this campaign is to combat all funding cuts being made to the NHS as we believe the NHS cannot be sustained while funding cuts are being made. We must keep our vital services to protect everyone. This issue came second in our Make Your Mark campaign with 13.08% of the total vote.

Mental Health:The purpose of this campaign is to improve mental health for young people and making mental health education compulsory. This issue came third in our Make Your Make campaign with 10.38% of the total vote.

The event was a huge success with many young people freely asking questions about each issue, particularly focusing on Curriculum for Life and Mental Health. Throughout discussions there were solid contacts made and actions for the group to take forward.

BYV are recruiting for more members. Please contact: or for more details or visit the website

International Men’s Day 2016

International Men’s Day is on Saturday 19th November. The objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.

The theme for 2016 is Stop Male Suicide. In every country bar China where it is approximately equal the suicide rate is worse for men than women and averaged out on a country by country basis the rate of suicide for men is up to three times that of women. In Russia it is 6 men for every 1 women. Men’s health is worse than women’s in every part of the world. Recent World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that, globally, male life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 69 years; for females, it was 74 years. Children suffer when they lose a father or a grandfather prematurely. So let’s work together to turn the tide of male ill-health & suicide.

Another theme for this year is ‘Making an Difference for men and boys’ The theme is designed to help more people consider what action we can all take to “make a difference” by addressing some of the issues that affect men and boys such as;

  • The high male suicide rate
  • The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education including attainment
  • Men’s health, shorter life expectancy and workplace deaths
  • The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance, homeless men, boys in care and the high rate of male deaths in custody)
  • Male victims of violence, including sexual violence
  • The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers and separated fathers
  • Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking and slavery
  • The negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers

The key issue of focus at a national level for 2016 is “supporting boys with their academic, employment, personal, social and health education“. There will also be a continuation of the attention on male suicide. International Men’s day also coincides with International

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.

URPotential Projects to get involved with

BBO Project

Our BBO Age of Opportunity is a new project that will support those over 50 who are currently unemployed or economically inactive and will help to improve their skills & employability. To do this, we intend to address a wide range of often complex barriers that are specific to this age group, including: poor health, lack of confidence, outdated skills, age discrimination & caring responsibilities. You can click here to find out more information or contact


We have numerous volunteer opportunities ranging from admin to allotment work for you to get involved with. Gain new skills, make friends & build confidence by volunteering! Click here to find out more information or contact


URPotential offer free training to people aged 19+ who are not in education or employment. We offer a wide range of courses, such as first aid, reaching urpotential, interview skills, customer service amongst others. To find out more about our training click here or contact Denise on

Director Deborah Represents GB!


Congratulations to our Director Deborah Terras & husband Tony Terras who represented Great Britain at the Biathle World championships in Sarasota Florida on Sunday 23rd October. Deborah came 5th achieving a personal best & Tony came 7th. The dynamic duo are all set to represent GB again next year. Congratulations from the whole team at URPotential.


Fantastic Job Opportunity!

Job: Sessional Youth and Community Workers

Rate of pay: Based on JNC Professional range point 11

Hours: various

Length of contract: various

Area:  Working across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre

Projects:  A number of different projects

Must be level 3 qualified or above or working towards level 3.

URPotential provides research and consultancy, accredited training and volunteering opportunities to young people, adults, families and the community and targeted youthwork. We work with young people, families, communities and organisations developing capacity across the North West through training and accreditation. We are an accredited centre for a number of awarding bodies including: AQA, Open Wards, ABC as well as Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.

We have vacancies for Youth and Community Workers to work on a sessional basis on a number of projects across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.  We are looking to recruit highly motivated specialist youth & community workers with experience in working alongside young people, building positive relationships, and with experience of meeting specific targets. You will be responsible for developing action plans with young people; to improve health & wellbeing and build their resilience, and to support them to consider options to improve their emotional health and well being.

Pension: new employees will be enrolled into URPotential’s company pension scheme where applicable.

Travel: Travelling expenses will be paid for all journeys required for work, excluding travel from home to base. The current rates are 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles per year and 25p per mile thereafter.

The nature of the post will require travel across the region.   A full driving licence is highly desirable.

Closing date for completed applications: Friday 2nd December 2016 at 5pm with interviews scheduled for the following week.

Job pack available at: or telephone 01253 344398

URPotential Big Fylde Celebration 2016

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URPotential held the second of their Big Lottery funded celebration events in Fylde. ‘The 2016 Big Fylde Celebration’ was held yesterday Monday 24th October at AKS School Lytham.

Voluntary & charitable organisations from across Fylde came together to celebrate the good work of their volunteers and their organisations work in their communities.  Organisations nominated their organisations & volunteers for certificates and awards. Attending were:

  • Fylde Sharks disability swimming club for children and young people
  • St Annes Youth Council
  • Lytham Hall
  • Park View 4 u
  • Ribble sailing club
  • Lythams Ladies Circle
  • Lytham Park Hall run
  • Krank-it Cycling
  • Fylde Family Cycling club

All the groups received certificates for their volunteers and a trophy for their cabinets in recognition of all the good work they do in Fylde.

Pam Young of Fylde Sharks was nominated as the Inspirational Volunteer of Fylde

Pam is one amazing person you’ll ever meet, she is dedicated to helping others, that’s why she has a special ability to support everyone involved with Fylde Sharks Disability Swimming Club and Fylde Otters Adults with Disabilities. She is a brilliant volunteer and handles majority of the workload and takes on numerous tasks outside her domain. She is simply the best – as Tina Turner would sing!

Also volunteering their services for the evening were Karen Turner Dance Troupe aged 4 to 14. Also Skool of Street street dance company with dancers aged 6 to 32.  Bringing a touch of glamour and excitement but also depicting the diversity of volunteer opportunities available to young people.

Everyone was treated to a Fizz (non-alcoholic) and Fancy tea with sandwiches, cakes and drinks.

Councillor Angela Jacques said ‘To celebrate volunteering in our community is a wonderful way of bringing people together and recognise their hard work’’

The event was one of 3 across the Fylde coast all supported and funded by Big Lottery Celebrate Fund.

URPotential Big Wyre Celebration

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URPotential held the third of their Big Lottery funded celebration events in Wyre. ‘The 2016 Big Wyre Celebration’ was held yesterday Wednesday 26th October at Fleetwood High School Fleetwood.

Voluntary & charitable organisations from across Wyre came together to celebrate the good work of their volunteers and their organisations work in their communities.  Organisations nominated their organisations & volunteers for certificates and awards.

The Celebration event was opened by Jessica Basquill the Youth Mayor of Wyre. This was her first official appointment and we were very proud to invite her to open the event and present the Certificates & Awards.

Attending were:

  • Westview Community Centre
  • Fleetwood Town Council
  • Fleetwood in Bloom
  • Fleetwood back on track
  • Fleetwood Community Trust
  • Fleetwood Football Club
  • Wyre CCTV Group
  • Wyre Youth Council
  • Wyre CCG
  • Wyre Disability Partnership
  • Fleetwood Museum Trust

All the groups received certificates for their volunteers and a trophy for their cabinets in recognition of all the good work they do in Wyre.

Derek of Wyre CCTV group was nominated as the Most Committed Volunteer of Wyre

Derek works tirelessly for the group to ensure that the communities of Wyre feel safe and protected. He has been with the group for over 10 years and is very proud to be part of the group and the volunteering he does.

Also volunteering their services for the evening was Eric Lee a local singer/entertainer who set the scene with his opening songs getting everyone in the mood for a night of fun and celebration. Everyone was treated to a Fizz (non-alcoholic) and Fancy tea with sandwiches, cakes and drinks.

The event was one of 3 across the Fylde Coast all supported and funded by Big Lottery Celebrate Fund.

URPotential Blackpool Big Celebration 2016

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URPotential celebrated the best in volunteering and communities coming together to celebrate and support others.

URPotential attempted to break a Guinness book of Records for the most amount of people dressed as Princesses in one place. They came from across Blackpool in all kinds of glittery sparkly outfits with tiaras and crowns fit for a Princess. The youngest was 6weeks old and the oldest 70 all excited and ready to volunteer their time to support URPotential raise funds for a young man named Freddie to purchase an electric sock. Freddie suffered a stroke when he was five and lost the use of his right side. Freddie’s family said ‘the sock will give him greater freedom when walking and also strengthen his muscles. Freddie has just started high school and our goal has always been to give Freddie every opportunity to be independent and this sock will support this’. The volunteers raised £345 in total which takes us up to nearly 50% of our target of £2000. High Sheriff of Lancashire John Barnet opened the event and made a very passionate eloquent speech about coming together to support people and the power of volunteering. He brought his beautiful wife Dannielle dressed as a Princess. Michigan from Skool of Street sang Let it go from Frozen dressed as Elsa. Everyone who attended enjoyed it enormously not only the event but the getting together to find their outfits. Lytham Ladies Circle supported along with Blackpool Soroptimists.

All the Princesses went home with a Princess wrist band, special cupcakes and drinks. A great day was had by all even though the record was not beaten. Linda Markey of URPotential said ‘everyone was so keen to try the attempt again that they have already stated plans to hold it in Volunteers Week 2017’.

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