This weekend Blackpool Youth Voice members attended a Youthforia convention in Oldham. We went to this event as we are a member of Youthfocus and we are representing our local youth voice, additionally we need to give and get ideas for such things as a curriculum for life, votes at 16 and make your mark. We firstly had to speak about what our group was doing in relation to the curriculum for life. We next split up into different groups where some things we did were charades, talking about curriculum for life and the annual sitting. After that everyone came in a group together where we discussed British youth council, NHS youth forum steering group elections and other projects. We found out that our next YoFo meeting was in Blackburn on the 9th July. Overall we thought it was a good day out where we have taken in knowledge and will apply with our youth group.
Post: Engagement & Participation Worker to cover Blackpool Area
Hours: Full Time – 37 hours per week
Salary: JNC Pay Scale 14 : £24,243.00
Proposed start date: 1st September 2017 this is a 3 year Contract to August 2020
Office: Based at URPotential Office, 296 Central Drive, Blackpool FY1 5JW
This post will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure by Criminal Records Bureau
About the role:
You will work as part of the URPotential Targeted Youth team, specialising in youth engagement. You will be expected to develop positive professional relationships, and support participation and engagement in youth-led engagement programmes, projects and contracts.
You will also lead the delivery of several engagement and participation mechanisms which include: virtual engagement; a new membership system; the coordination of a Peer Educators programme and organisation of inclusive activities. You will also lead projects focused on strengthening young people’s voices and influence, in line with URPotential’s vision and values.
The Engagement and Participation Worker will be responsible for;
● Supporting the development and delivery of youth-led engagement programmes and projects
● Recruitment and continuous training of Peer Educators
● Delivery of Blackpool Youth Voice, social action and decision making processes across the organisation: locally, regionally and nationally
● Delivery of decision making frameworks that enable the voice of young people
to inform the design, delivery and evaluation of all projects/ programmes of
● Ensuring that the voice of young people is evidenced and the value/ impact of
engagement is being demonstrated
● Working with key stakeholders to support Blackpool Youth Voice in fulfilling
it’s democratic role within the governance arrangements of URPotential
● Supporting young people to lead national campaigns eg the election of the
Blackpool Member of UK Youth Parliament and Make Your Mark Ballot
● Championing the voice of those seldom heard and vulnerable groups,
particularly children with disabilities and children in care, to ensure they have
equal voice in decision making
We are looking for someone who has:
At least three years’ experience of working with young people/ youth work or similar,
experience in delivering engagement activities/ projects /programmes/events
and who works in a proactive and inspiring way with children and young people
We are looking for exceptional people, who are ready to make a difference!
Contact: Please request an application pack by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning the office on 01253 344398
Closing Date for Applications: Friday 7th July 2017
Interviews: Monday 10th July evening with young people
Friday 14th July 2017 with panel
It’s official! Deborah Terras is second in the World Biathle rankings in her age group.
Deborah, Director of URPotential is a constant inspiration to all who know her. She has supported the URPotential team and volunteers to get active, involving us in ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, delivering a football coaching course that lead to volunteering or jobs, and getting young people into crown green bowling. She also supports Park Runs in Lytham & Blackpool. It is also a family affair – with her husband and children all excelling in sports.
She has utilised her sporting prowess to raise funds for local charities. In September 2016 she completed as many mini triathlons as she could in 2 hours at Fleetwood baths to raise money for our ‘Leg It for Freddie’ campaign! She was supported in this event by April Pollitt URPotential’s youth worker.
We at URPotential are incredibly proud of her and her dedication to sport and supporting others.
Nothing for you without you, is a new six month project taking place in the Revoe area of Blackpool. We are looking for community members to become trained researchers. We are running an introduction session to the scheme on Thursday 22nd June at the URPotnetial offices.
Address: 296 Central Drive, Blackpool, FY1 5JW
We will Recognize and highlight community assets and strengths.
We will undertake questionnaires and focus groups to seek the views of local people
We will present the findings back to people
People we are looking for
We are looking for people that want to develop their research skills and their local community. No previous experience needed, age range 16 years plus. Are you welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic? and do you want to make change in the Revoe area? Can you spare some time? If so, you could be right for this scheme.
On the 28th of March 2017 I embarked on a three-day trip to Ottawa in Canada for a conference on 30th March with the United Nations Associations Canada and The British Council Canada. I attended the event as part of the British delegation with the British Youth Council along with two other young people and one worker.
The Active Citizens Youth Innovation Summit was to showcase the ideas of 15 young Canadian innovators and social entrepreneurs who had participated in phase one of the Active Citizens Social Enterprise training program with UNA-C and British Council Canada. Our role as the British delegation was to give our opinions and advice on these ideas of these young peoples as subject experts due to our background in social enterprise. The summit was a major success and it was a great opportunity to promote the two countries working together on such a great topic, social enterprise within young people, which is not promoted and encouraged enough on the British Parliaments agenda.
I met two amazing young people form London who I will keep in regular contact with and work with in one shape or another and there may be a possibility for the North and South in the UK to work together by connecting myself and the two other people on campaigns in the future.
URPotential believe that the people and groups we work alongside, are the experts in telling their stories and the impact of URPotential. This month URPotential are launching ‘Take over twitter’ . Each week one of the groups or individuals will tweet about their experiences and activities using the Twitter @URP_Takeover
URPotential advocate for people’s voices and support building people’s capacity through volunteering, social action, training and community development.
URPotential would like to thank everyone who came to our 1st Fundraising Ball last year and helped us raise over £4000 for young people across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. We are now supporting young people to access equipment and resources to help them achieve their true potential and that is down to you and your generosity!
This year we are proud to announce our Grand Ball on 11th November 2017 at Ribby Hall.
*****EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*****
Tickets are available now £45pp until 31st July 2017 (£50 from 1st August)
All proceeds to go to URPotential Youth Fund to support young people across Blackpool Fylde and Wyre.
Please contact email@example.com to book your tickets for another amazing night of fun, laughter and fundraising!
As part of the URPotential Team I was invited to go to the Careers and Enterprise annual conference in Sheffield on Wednesday 10th May, along with Nicola Dawber, member of Blackpool Youth Voice. The conference/AGM showcased the work done by the Company across the country and also talked about the future investment for areas, to improve careers and enterprise provision in schools across England.
Our role was to show what URPotential can offer to schools & community regarding youth volunteering and social action. URPotential can provide interactive school assemblies and accredited training and volunteering opportunities. We can also offer 1 to 1 assessment and matching sessions so that we can engage and support young people to take part in volunteering, fundraising and other social action activities.
Hundreds of people from across the education, business and skills sectors attended the conference, and we spoke to some lovely people including Dr Rania Marandos, Deputy CEO of the #IWILL campaign……We also heard a very inspiring speech from the Olympic medal-winning gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE.
I was thrilled to be asked to represent URPotential at a national conference and I am now part of Blackpool Youth Voice working towards supporting the voice of young people in The Town.
URPotential held their first Futures Ball in September 2016, the aim of the event was to raise funds to help young people break down financial barriers to reach their potential. URPotential would like to thank everyone who attended the Ball and helped to raise the funds.
We are now offering an opportunity for young people (11-25) to apply for the funding to purchase items that would benefit them in gaining employment, training, education or volunteering.
The money raised is to support young people who struggle financially to reach their full potential. The funds will be available upon application & can be requested by contacting URPotential.
Individual Youth Fund Process
Complete an application form (see bottom of this page or or email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring office 01253 344398.)
Application forms need to have sufficient information about how the funded items will benefit you in gaining employment, training, education or volunteering.
Following submission of application, young people may be invited for an informal interview or a telephone interview to obtain any further information that may be required in order to make a decision.
Applications will be considered by Blackpool Youth Council within two weeks of receipt.
Final authorisations will be within three weeks of receipt.
Applications will be contacted with the decision and consulted regarding the purchase.
URPotential will make the purchase of equipment, materials, etc. on behalf of the applicant
The funding must benefit the applicant’s development or access to education employment, training or volunteering.
You can either download the application below, or click here to fill in an application online
If you have any problems downloading this document, please contact us.