BBO – Building Better Opportunities

URPotential is a delivery partner in 4 Building Better Opportunities (BBO) projects in Lancashire, which is part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities scheme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020. The funding is investing in local projects that tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth.

Age of Opportunity – Over 50’s

This project aims to engage with older people (aged 50 and above) who live in the Lancashire LEP area and have low or no skills, thereby preventing them from engaging with training and employment opportunities. It will support them in moving towards and into employment. This project will be focused on the barriers to training, work and employment, taking an integrated approach to addressing these barriers. You can find more information on

For more information on this project contact Dawn on 01253 344398 or

Invest In Youth

Invest in Youth is a new project that will support young people who are aged 15–24 and who are unemployed or economically inactive. This includes those not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET and will help to improve their skills and employability. You can find more information on

For more information on ths project contact Louise on 01253 344398 or

Changing Futures

The Changing Futures project aims to support those in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre who are at risk of not being able to secure employment. Support given will aim to identify, reduce and remove barriers that stand in the way of accessing work. Activities undertaken could include training, volunteer or work placements, advice and guidance sessions and confidence building You can find more information on

For more information on this project contact Amanda or Sally on 01253 344398 or email or

Reach IT

The ReachIT Project is a digital inclusion project aiming to ensure that no-one in Lancashire gets left behind by the shift towards the need for digital skills. By providing targeted, personalised digital skills training we aim to improve employability, health & wellbeing, and provide the digital skills necessary to empower those in disadvantaged communities throughout Lancashire.

Participants will be equipped with improved digital skills leading to enhanced employability opportunities, better financial planning, reduced social isolation, as well as opening up access to online health services. The community will benefit from improved community cohesion (through reengagement of socially excluded people), as well as support for local businesses and the economy.  You can find more information on

For more information on this project contact Jolene or Amanda on 01253 344398 or email Or






Are you aged 13-25 and live in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre?

Come and join our fantastic support group where you can do a range of social, political and educational activities or you can just come for a chat its completely up to yourselves We are very friendly and we don’t judge, we are here to help you. Use the details below and get in touch we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested or would like more information please contact:

If you live in Blackpool: Nina Beavers on 01253 344398 or email

If you live in Fylde or Wyre: Louise Harrison on 01253 344398 or email

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Local Initiative Fund (LIF) project

We have funding to offer a training package to schools in Wyre and Fylde. The package includes 4 sessions; First aid, Food Hygiene and Food Safety, customer service and CV and interview skills. Upon completing the package the learner will gain two AQA accreditations.

The package has been offered to schools and each school who accepts will have the opportunity to put forward young people age 15-16 that can benefit from the additional support and/or accreditation.

For more information contact Nina Beavers on 01253 344398 or

National Citizen Service (NCS)

We have been funded to deliver the NCS programme, with the first pilot running in October ’17 and another in the summer of 2018. NCS is a programme for 16 and 17 year olds that will promote:

  • A more cohesive society by mixing participants of different backgrounds
  • A more responsible society by supporting the transition into adulthood for young people
  • A more engaged society by enabling young people to work together to create social action projects in their local communities

For more information contact Nina Beavers on 01253 344398 or

Participation & Engagement

This project supports participation and engagement in youth-led engagement programmes and projects including a Peer Mentors programme, inclusive activities and leading projects focused on strengthening young people’s voice and influence.

We will work with external organisations and partners to deliver best practice approaches and help to promote Blackpool Youth Voice locally, regionally and nationally to facilitate young people’s active involvement with the UK Youth Parliament, #iwill Campaigns and youth networks.

For more information contact April Rankin on 01253 344398 or 

Northern Independent Living CIC Community Research

URPotential are commissioned to deliver a community research, asking people about their knowledge of direct payments, personal budget and personal health budgets as well as measuring the need for support in this area.

URPotential are delivering a number of community focus groups as well as asking people to complete the survey online.

URPotential can come direct to your organisation and conduct face to face focus groups, if required. Please get in touch with if you want to arrange a visit. Paper copies are also available and we can arrange for copies to be distributed to organisations or groups.

Please note the online survey will close on 31st Jan 18.

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Revoelution Action Research Project ‘The Big Local’

The project

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.

The role

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.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity or would like more information, contact Stuart on 01253 344398 or email

Step Up Project

URPotential have completed a pilot project working with ex offenders, across Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and Lancashire, with the aim of getting them back into work.   

For more information on this project contact Holly on 01253 344398 or

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