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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!

Targeted youth work in Wyre and Fylde

UR Potential have been commissioned to deliver targeted youth work to NEET young people in Wyre and Fylde. The Media project will work with young people aged 14 – 19, training young people in media skills, communication, team building and volunteering. Watch this space for more details!!!!!!

****** NEWS UPDATE******

Following the Blackpool Cool Pool AGM yesterday we are delighted to announce that Linda Markey is now the chair of Cool Pool and Deborah Terras is the representatitive for safeguarding.

Both Linda and Deborah will represent the members of Cool Pool and ensure a transparent and effective representation to all members and the wider community. We are both delighted to be elected.

For more information about Cool Pool go to

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 –

UR Potential Celebration event

Calling all learners who have attended a UR Potential Training course in 2011 and all supportive projects. You are invited to a celebration of learning on Thursday 29th Sept 2011 7pm at Claremont First Step Centre, Blackpool. Contact Catherine on for more details.

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New Blackpool On line project VOLUNTEERS WANTED

UR Potential have been succesful in the NOMINET UK Online funding.We will be providing UK Online courses at Majestic Sandwich bar Whitegate Drive Blackpool. Watch this space for more details.
Check out the link to see Debbie talk about the project in more detail.

UR Potential have been shortlisted for the Fylde Together Big Society Awards

UR Potential’s youth volunteering project Fylde Coast Be Involved has been shortlisted for the Fylde Big Society awards. This is a great achievement for all volunteers and staff who have contributed to the continued success of this project which provides youth volunteering infrastructure to the Fylde Coast.

NOCN Level 2 Peer Mentoring Course

New Peer Mentoring course due to start
15th – 19th August 2011 in Blackpool
Are you aged 14 – 25 and live in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre?
Can you spare 3 hours a week to support another young person into volunteering?
Want to make a difference and gain an accredited qualification?
Contact Deborah – or 07989746673

Women Only Employability courses now available

Are you female and aged 18 years or over?
Are you currently unemployed or looking for another career?
Do you have a Blackpool address?
Do you want to explore what options are availble to you and be supported in your search for a job? If the answer to these questions is Yes then……
Contact Linda Markey on 07592824122 or

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