URPotential were 10 years old on Sunday 10th May 2020, and whilst we have seen some changes over the years there is one permanent feature, Linda Markey, the Director who set up the business 10 years ago.
Over the years we have delivered projects across the Fylde Coast working with and being commissioned by Blackpool Council, Wyre Council and Fylde Council, Police & Crime Commissioner, Progress Housing and The Cabinet Office. We continue to do so today.
We have worked with many of our VCFS partners on joint projects, joint funding and as a collective in the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde VCFS Leadership Group. We have also worked in partnership with the Ministry of Defence at Weeton Army Barracks and the DWP offering employment training for people far removed from the labour market. We have delivered youth work training for Warrington Council and Safeguarding Training to the University of Cumbria.
Currently we are delivering projects funded by European Social Fund, The National Lottery, Children in Need, Esmée Fairbairn and many more.
We are extremely proud to have supported communities across the area with outstanding results.
We have worked with and supported:
23,500 young people into volunteering;
12,653 adults & young people into training;
5,650 to gain accreditations;
2,354 people into employment;
6,587 into further & higher education.
We have created 28 new job roles at URPotential and brought nearly £3,000,000 into the local economy.
URPotential has over the years won many prestigious business awards:
2016 BIBA’s Third Sector Business Award
2017 Selnet Social Enterprise Award
2018 Wyre Council Civil Society of the Year Award
2019 Selnet Community Impact Award
Our volunteers and service users continue to be nominated and awarded certificates and awards for their hard work and endeavour – too many to mention!
We have delivered conferences for young people The Annual Youth Summit and The Annual National LGBT Fest.
We would like to thank our funders and partners, and also our Directors and Steering Group who guide and support us every step of the way.
Most of all we want to thank everyone who has ever used our service.
We are proud of our dedicated team who always go that extra mile.
We are proud to work with our Third Sector partners and our Statutory partners.
We are proud to work with the Business Community.
We are proud to work with all schools and colleges locally.
But we are prouder of the positive difference we have made to the lives of many young people, adults and families.
Here’s to the next 10 Years!!