What We Do

UR Potential, a Community Interest Company, est. 2010,  works with young people, families, communities and organisations, developing capacity building across the North West through training and accreditation.  We are an accredited centre for a number of awarding bodies including: ASDAN, Open Awards, ABC, AQA as well as Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.

Research and Consultancy Services

Provide research and consultancy service for communities, statutory and the voluntary sector. We have conducted child poverty research and workforce change management across

Youth Volunteering

Fylde Coast Be Involved is a youth volunteering project which targets 14 to 25 year old young people who are living on Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool. (The Fylde Coast). The project enables young people to prepare to take up volunteering opportunities or makes volunteering more accessible to young people, offering support where required based on individual need of the volunteer. FCBI provides supported volunteering opportunities to those who may require additional support.

We provide training for young people including, Moving into Volunteering accredited course, ASDAN Community Volunteering Qualification, employability, health and safety, food hygiene, customer service etc, as well as support to  organisations who host young people.

We have 3 Youth Action Teams(YAT) who each cover the 3 areas on the Fylde Coast. The YATS support the youth worker to deliver Volunteer training and training in schools, colleges, peer mentoring accredited courses and  basic youth work/ accredited youth work courses.

We support the Blackpool Volunteer Youth Forum and have 4 youth led groups which provide a stepping stone to building  young people’s confidence and support them into volunteering: drama, art, youth image, peer mentors.

Direct Youth Service delivery

Bespoke packages including approaches that use peer mentors, befriending groups and accredited targeted training. We provide innovative methods to engage with young people within local communities to develop their capacity and to enable them to become active citizens in their environment.

We particularly work with young people aged 13 to 25 who are NEET, at risk of being NEET, require brief intervention support  and/or who have additional needs. We are currently commissioned by Lancashire Youth Services to deliver NEET projects for the next 2 years.

Training Services

We deliver accredited and non accredited courses for people, projects and companies within local communities and workplace settings. We deliver a variety of courses ranging from ranging from confidence building for women only to employability, peer mentoring to Youthwork, safeguarding to health and safety, volunteering qualifications to media and functional skills.  Alongside bespoke courses specifically tailored to meet individuals needs. We specialise in training for organic home grown youth and community workers. We use fully qualified tutor and youth and community workers to  deliver the training and projects to ensure all our community receive a excellent service.

Through our training we aim to:

Create appropriate and relevant opportunities for workforce development and opportunities through vocational learning and skills development for communities and individuals. In particular young people through youth volunteering who are hard to reach, NEET, alongside women only, LGB&T, adults with disabilities &long term unemployed as well as communities of need and interest.

Deliver needs led and bespoke accredited training & taster courses to communities and their members, including:

  • Moving into Volunteering
  • Community Volunteering Awards EL3 – L1
  • Community  Volunteering
  • Qualification Level 1 -3, peer mentoring for volunteers
  • Employability award EL3 – L2, Health & Safety
  • Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Sector and Youth work/Working with vulnerable young people( JNC Level 2 & 3).

Pilot Post Graduate Scheme

We are pleased to announce our new pilot Graduate Scheme which we recently launched this month. We have been able to support a post graduate for the next 2 years to study for a BA post grad Youth and Community Degree. This is a pilot project and we are hoping we can continue to support one young person every 2 years. April Pollitt will commence her studies at Cumbria University in Sept 2012 and will be on placement with us as a Youth and Community worker working with young people on a NEET project across the region.

Apprenticeship Scheme

We will be commencing an apprenticeship scheme in September 2012, to be able to offer  2 opportunities in Administration and youth and Community. Interested? Contact

Fylde Coast Be Involved – New youth groups

***Fylde Coast Be Involved now have a number of youth groups running which are led by young people***

These are:

Youth Image Group

Art Group

Gardening Group

Drama Group

Fundraising group

Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Group

Trans Group

Please contact Linda Markey for more details or tel 07592824122.

We are actively looking for venues to run new groups in Wyre and Fylde, please contact us if you can offer a venue for free for young people!

Fylde Coast Be Involved -FCBI Youth Volunteering Project

“Fylde Coast Be Involved” is a new youth volunteering project targeting 14 to 25 year old young people who are living in Blackpool Fylde & Wyre (Fylde Coast). It is a collaboration project in partnership with Blackpool Council for Voluntary Youth Services.


  1. Pre-volunteering and personal development project for young people
  2. Supported volunteering in the volunteer placement for young people with specific needs
  3. Mentoring and Befriending for young people lacking in confidence as well as developing skills for home grown young people to become mentors and befrienders.
  4. Brokerage for young people who can access volunteering with limited or little support

The project enables young people to prepare to take up volunteering opportunities and makes volunteering more accessible to young people, offering support where required based on the individual need of the volunteer


Young People are able to access accredited courses and training through an AQA pre volunteering course and the ASDAN Community Involvement and Volunteering Award, the Qualification in Community Volunteering and the Employability Award. As well as progression pathways towards ABC Youth Support qualifications and Mentor qualifications. All young people will be able to obtain their vfifty and vimpact Awards for volunteering offered by V, the National Youth Volunteering Charity.

The young people we work with are diverse with many issues such as substance abuse, learning and physical disabilities, young parents, young people with autism, homeless young people, young carers and looked after young people.

This project will increase the life choices of the young people who access the project, and this in turn will increase the life choices of other members of their families.


When young people sign up to the project they are given the following:-

  • One to one interview to assess individual needs
  • An action plan design to meet their individual needs
  • Skills self assessment
  • Set achievable medium term goals that are realistic in relation to their current circumstances
  • Recognition of their personal qualities and skills to begin to value themselves and realise their potential for engaging in new activities
  • The opportunity to break the cycle of isolation and negative thought patterns. It is an important aim of the project to ensure participants view their first step towards thinking more positively and developing a pathway of their choice.
  • For young people in further or higher education FCBI will be offering delivery sessions around changing the perception of volunteering and the benefits to their future progression, as part of their education pathway.


Group volunteer projects identified by young people such as drama, graffiti, gardening, fundraising, social, art and music will be developed by young people for young people. This allows for vehicles for young people to take ownership and responsibilities in a safe space. The project will work in collaboration with Schools and Further/Higher Education Providers, Local Training Providers, Statutory and Voluntary Youth Services, Uniformed Groups and the police as well as other Voluntary Community and Faith Sector groups.

Contact for more information.

Updates will follow as will a new FCBI website. Check out facebook –

Training and courses

We offer accredited and non accredited training courses in:


ABC Level 2 and 3 Working with young People and working with Vulnerable young people awards/certificates

Moving into Volunteering

ASDAN Employability Award in particular for learners with additional needs and women only courses.

ASDAN Qualification in Community Volunteering Level 1-3


Health & Safety working with young people and community groups.

Safer recruitment of Young Volunteers

Introduction to Volunteer Management

Various Health and social care training

Leading Community projects inc Governance and project management.

Drug and alcohol awareness

Healthy eating.

Mentor Training (affiliated through Mentoring and Befriending foundation)

Arts Award Drama (Bronze Award)

Dealing with Conflict

Equality and diversity

Independent Living skills/Life skills/budgets.

Plus bespoke courses to meet all your needs inc. Women only courses, IT courses, movie maker, digital camera,  telephone techniques and team building.

Contact either for  more details and to arrange for us visit you or your project.

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