URPotential Team

We’re here to help you realise your potential.

At URPotential we have a great team made up of qualified professional with a broad range of skills and experience in youth and community, volunteering and support work.

We are always looking for sessional youth and community workers, community tutors and volunteers. If you want to work/volunteer with us please get in touch for an application form  info@urpotential.co.uk or give us a call 01253 344398

Staff 

Director

I am a qualified Youth and Community Worker with a BA (hons) Degree from St Martins College Lancaster. I have 25 years experience of working with children, young people and families in the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre areas, including Mereside and Grange Park. I managed the Millennium Volunteers Programme for 8 years setting it up from a standing start when it was first introduced to Blackpool in July 2000. Previously I had worked at the Tate Gallery Liverpool as their Community Curator working with a variety of diverse groups.

I engaged community groups in workshops, training and exhibitions reflecting their own community needs. I planned and delivered workshops in Bail Hostels, Mental Health Hospitals, Elderly Residential Homes, Community Centers, Local Prisons engaging the socially excluded members of society. I engaged with the Afro-Caribbean Community, Chinese Community, Asian Community, Adults with learning disabilities and the Elderly. I undertook research, and delivered high quality community events, ranging from talks and workshops to conference and symposia, for Tate Liverpool adult visitors, coupled with Community Exhibitions in collaboration with the communities I had worked with.

I have also delivered Community Development training and Youth Work training for Blackpool; Fylde College after I gained my teaching qualification from the same college. I have worked in many schools across Blackpool & the Fylde and considerably in Highfurlong School. I am a volunteer myself with My Town Tiggers a local charity that supports children and young people with autism. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their true potential and be able to offer their families a good quality of life. I also believe that education is the route to change and a cohesive society will create sustainability for generations to come.

Director & Operations Manager

I am the Director & Operations Manager for URPotential, and oversee different projects including youthwork volunteers.

I have over 25 years experience in youth & community work, delivering a range of youth & community work provision across the fylde coast. I have a BA Hons degree in youth & community studies, A1 assessor and PTTLS qualifications.

 

Director

I have over 25 years management experience gained in a number of different settings, including the not for profit sector.   I have studied an ILM Level 5 in Leadership and Management and have completed several management courses.

 Having worked with volunteers for almost 20 years I have an appreciation of the rich and varied skills and characteristics that they can bring to organisations.  I believe that success comes when you harness an individual’s strengths, provide a platform for their skills and continue to nurture, motivate and encourage them to achieve.   I derive a great deal of satisfaction from mentoring; especially the younger members of our wonderfully diverse group, and I love being part of an energetic, positive and creative team!

Participation & Engagement Coordinator

Hi, I’m April and I am a Youth and Community worker here at URPotential. I started URPotential as a volunteer and began by running the Art group for young people and got involved in other projects that developed a wide range of skills and knowledge. I have a PTLLS qualification, a degree in Textile Crafts and I am a qualified JNC Youth and Community Worker.

I am the Participation and Engagement worker, this includes supporting Blackpool Youth Council, Peer Mentors and developing and supporting social action projects across Blackpool. 

Throughout my time at URPotential I have been involved in different projects, activities and events. I have delivered Move into volunteering and Peer Mentoring Training. Developed and delivering adult training and a Peer Support programme.

BBO Contracts Manager

My name is Holly and I am the Contracts Manager for the BBO Project.

Previously I have worked for local government as a Partnerships Officer and the Designated Safeguarding Officer for the Authority. I have worked on various projects within the Fylde area including Working Together With Families, The Children’s Trust Board and the Healthy New Town NHS Pilot at Wyndyke Garden Village in Blackpool.

I have level 3 and 5 in Leadership and Management and the PRINCE2 Project Management Qualification.

I have an 11 year old daughter and I live in Lytham St Anne’s.

Transformational Youth Coach

My background is mainly in sports and I have a degree in Sports With Business, I have been involved with coaching grass roots football for 15 years for local clubs on the fylde coast and in schools both term-time and holiday clubs. I am a qualified level 2 Youth and Community worker and I’ve been involved in Youthwork for 13 years in various roles. I have done centre based work at youth clubs, detached work and residential based work. For the past 5 years I have been involved with NCS for Fleetwood Town FC Community Trust and Blackpool FC Community Trust, through NCS I have been lucky enough to assist many young people with both personal skills and community skills on various projects. I hope to continue this on the Youth Volunteering team

Fylde Fieldworker

I am the Blackpool fieldworker for the youth volunteering program, I am currently in training working towards my Level 2 Youth work qualification after completing my Level 1 earlier this year. Previous to working at URPotential I gained a Bsc Hons in Forensic Psychology, I also volunteered with Addaction, Youth Offending Team and Lancashire Women’s centre.

Although I had my degree and other qualifications, I was struggling to find paid work; this was made a little more difficult with having two young children. At the women’s centre I was encouraged to apply for a position at URPotential, a Position I new I wasn’t qualified for however instead of being rejected, I received a phone call from Deborah Terras, although I hadn’t gained the position she believed I had potential and she offered me a place on the level 1 youth work course, this gave me a massive confidence boost which was much needed.

Upon completion of the course I volunteered for a short while before being offered a paid position which was fantastic, I’m now on a new exciting career path, gaining new qualifications and expanding my knowledge within the area.

sam@urpotential.co.uk

Transformational Youth Coach

I am the Transformational Youth Coach for the Fylde area. Previous to working at URPotential, I worked for Blackpool and the Fylde College as an Educational Support Worker (ESW). I’m currently working towards my diploma in Children and Young People in the Work Place, and then hope to go on to a part time degree course.

Working with young people is something I love doing and passionate about, knowing I’ve helped a young person achieve a goal or progress, gives me a great sense of fulfilment.

Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family on fun days out or holidays away. I have 2 children and 2 step children.

BBO & Fylde & Wyre LGBT Worker

I am a qualified youth and community worker with a varied background in the field, I have taken part in numerous projects such as youth groups, targeted youth programmes, and one to one work with at risk young people. Upon completion of my youth and community development degree (Ba Hons) I spent a year travelling and working in Australia which has allowed my knowledge and experience to grow and develop. I believe young people and the community should be given a voice and be involved in decisions that affect them. For URPotential I am the BBO Invest in Youth project worker and Fylde & Wyre LGBT Worker

louise@urpotential.co.uk

LGBT Worker

Hi, I am Nina Beavers, I am currently the Youth Support Worker for various groups in Blackpool, these include LGBT under 25’s,  LGBT Family Support, and the Young Trans* group.  I have been involved in Youth and Community work for approximately 25 years obtaining my Professional Community and Youth Work Qualification from St Martins College Lancaster in 1996.

I’ve worked in a variety of formal and informal settings from centre based to detached, and everything in between! I’ve been a Foster carer, and a Barnardos Supported Lodgings volunteer, I embrace new experiences, and my life changed dramatically when I adopted a little boy. Life is a learning curve where anything is possible.

IT Manager

I am the IT Manager for URPotential. I attended Cardinal Newman College where I studied Business Studies, BTEC IT & Communication Studies & complaeted my Level 2 apprenticeship in Business Admin here at URPotential. My main roles are to maintain the IT systems for URPotential, including the server and case management, maintaining the website & social media.

Youth Volunteering Admin

Hi my name is Erin. I am currently the Youth Volunteering Admin Apprentice at URPotential. Before I started at URPotential I completed my studies at St Mary’s Sixth form studying Btec Sport, Ctec Business, Religious Studies and Applied Science. My role includes answering the phone, ensuring the data base is kept updated, being the first point of contact when people enter the building and carrying out general duties within the office.

When I complete my apprenticeship I hope to gain a Diploma in Business Admin but also gain valuable experience within the work place and gain skills that can be used throughout the apprenticeship but also once the apprenticeship has been completed. I also hope to attend different courses, as the different courses will help further my knowledge in certain areas which can then be put to use once my apprenticeship comes to an end.

Admin

Hi my Name is Laura.

I am the administrator at URPotential.

My role is to maintain the database, and assisting all staff with general office duties. I am also a Digital Champion, where I help individuals learn basic computer skills. My main role is to coordinate training courses for Blackpool Fylde and Wyre.

I also began my Admin apprenticeship at URPotential in May 2016. I have passed my apprenticeship and now have a Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration.

Digital Project Coordinator

Hi, I’m Jolene, I currently deliver courses for UR Potential. Recent courses I have delivered are Surviving the Teenage Years, Building confidence and Reaching UR Potential.

My employment background includes working on projects, working in education and working in Public Services. I have worked with a wide range of people, of all ages and of all cultures. I have recently qualified as a teacher.

My hobbies include reading which is a good job as I am currently studying for an MA in English Literature at night school, which involves huge amounts of reading!

My new role within the UR Potential Team is a Digital Engagement Project Coordinator for the Building Better Opportunities Digital Inclusion Project.This project is to support people who may want or need some training in using IT to prevent them from becoming excluded from the job market and job opportunities, it does this by removing any barriers people may have in using IT.

It also involves recruiting some digital IT buddies ,who, once trained can help others in learning how to use IT to prevent any social or job market exclusion.

Targeted Youth Worker

I am Wendy Pearce, I have been a youth worker for over 39 years, I qualified as a level 3 youth & community worker at St.Martins in 1986, followed by tutor training at St.Martins in 1987, this enabled me to run youth and community centres in Blackpool, Wyre and the Fylde, being responsible for staff and young peoples residential’s. Once qualified as a tutor I worked for the WEA running women’s courses throughout Lancashire, also introduction to youth work courses and later introduction to volunteering. I have signed up lots of young people to volunteering which has set them on their path to future careers. I have also run babysitting courses with both boys and girls for the past 35 years, in the last 4 years I have worked at UR Potential, running babysitting courses and the girls groups,  I also work with 7-11 year olds at the E.P.S boys and girls club.

Transformational Coach and Community Tutor

Hi, I’m Sally and I’m currently delivering courses for UR Potential focusing on employability, ICT and customer service. I am a qualified teacher and have been teaching in secondary schools for the past 14 years. I have also worked at Blackpool Sixth Form as part of the Learning Support team helping to ensure that students with additional needs can achieve their full potential.

My new role within the URPotential team is as a Transformational Coach for the Building Better Opportunities Changing Futures project. This project aims to support people who are at risk of exclusion from the job market by reducing and removing barriers to employment.

Transformational Coach

Hi, I’m Dawn

 I received a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2010 and went onto work in supported housing for ex-offenders with multiple and complex needs.

I have also volunteered for a number of years on a community project called Blackpool recovery group for people recovering from drug and alcohol issues.

I previously worked on a project called Step- Up working with ex-offenders in partnership with the DWP and helping them into employment and now I am a specialist support worker offering 1-1 support offering employability, training and volunteering to participants with multiple barriers.

Transformational Coach

My name is Amanda in 2013 I started volunteering within my community of Grange Park where I was a participant on the Blackpool Alcohol inquiry which was led by Our life for Dr Arif Rajpura the director of Public Health Blackpool. Following on from this I visited local community groups and became a volunteer at the The Cherwell Centre youth club.  I then went on to do my Level 1 ABC Awards Youthwork with URPotential to gain a qualification, with no intention of taking it further. After completing my Level One I enrolled at Blackpool University centre to do a level 3 Children and Young Peoples Workforce. I became a volunteer at Blackpool Families in Recovery as my placement and became passionate about supporting people in recovery. I also enjoyed studying and close to the end of my Level 3 became Chairperson of Blackpool Families in Recovery. I then made the decision to enroll on to a foundation degree in Family Support and Wellbeing. I also volunteered for a short period of time for Jobs,Friends and Houses and then secured paid employment within a month. I finally completed my foundation degree in July 2017 and made the decision once again to further my education and applied for my BA Honours in Family Support and Wellbeing. I have now started as a Transformational Coach with URPotential supporting people to overcome barriers they may be faced with, to enable them to eventually gain employment or volunteering. I have experience of supporting people from all backgrounds which will enable me to support people to reach their full potential.

Transformational Coach

I am an experienced professional with an extensive background working within education, social care, IT and customer service.  I’m currently in the second year of a degree in Working with Young People at Blackpool and Fylde College with an outlook to completing a BA once this complete.

My employment has included roles within family support, early intervention, pastoral support and residential childcare.  I have worked with families, young people and children from a wide variety of backgrounds (ethnic and socio-economic) experiencing many different cultures, languages and expectations.

I have previously worked for URPotential as a Peer Mentor Co-Ordinator supporting young people aged 11- 16 in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre to training volunteers using a co-ordinated training program that focuses on young people forming mentoring relationships, understanding the issues that young people face and accessing routes of support they can access.

I enjoy working with children and young people and the roles I have undertaken have been a hugely rewarding learning experience for me. I personally believe every person has the right to an education, to feel safe and to be respected in any environment.

Treasurer

I am the treasurer for URPotential and I have worked within the accounting industry for 26 years. To further my education in accounting, I recently completed my AAT level 4 professional diploma in accounting.

My work with URPotential is very rewarding and close to my heart as someone who values supporting individuals to reach their true potential. I am a mentor for young accountants in training who join our company

I am very child and family orientated and in my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with daughters and I’m an avid cake baker

Community Tutor

Hi I’m Eric and I am a tutor with UR Potential I teach a variety of subjects which include First Aid and Safeguarding, I have been a nurse for 43 years, In the past I have been a redcoat at Butlins , a part of the Flamborough Lifeboat crew, and I am currently part of the British Red Cross on their Adult Education team. I have lots of qualifications some of which I can’t remember. I am a family man with seven lovely grandchildren one of whom is currently the CYP boxing champion of Yorkshire, so I spend a lot of my time with them. When not working I am a football fan and will watch any match available.

Community Tutor
Research & Tutor

Stuart Dunne MA is a current student at the University of Manchester undertaking an Education Doctorate in Citizenship and Engagement. Stuart is delivering a number of schemes for UR Potential that focus on training and service evaluation. Two of the current schemes are external evaluations in St Helens and Lancashire. Using qualitative evidence to measure impact, Stuart is working in partnership with staff and young people using action based research methodology. Stuart also has a long standing history of developing youth provision for both the local government and voluntary sector.

Internal Verifier
Photographer

I’m a qualified photographer with over 30 years experience. I support the PR of UR Potential and take all the professional photographs.

Strategy Consultant

Mark has over 20 years of experience in the defence sector, principally as a systems engineer (from a military background). He has worked on a number of export bids with values up-to £2.5bn in a technical management role where the concept of systemised visualisation first evolved. Mark is an experienced programme manager in the export environment responsible for contract winning and execution for £500m of contracts.Mark has applied his unique systemised visualisation techniques over a period of 10 years in a variety of situations from business winning to programme execution. Most recently, Mark moved into the consulting sector where he is establishing a unique blend of systems thinking, project/proposal management and visualisation skills under his “Practical Visioneering” brand. He is passionate around learning and the importance of mentoring for development of individuals and organisations.


Volunteers

LGBT Group Volunteer

I’m Anna and I support Nina Beavers with the LGBT groups

Volunteer Youthworker

My name is Graham and I volunteer here at U R Potential, I help run the art group with April and I also support the delivery of the Targeted Youth Support programme.
I like to think I’m quite a creative kind of guy being a keen photographer and a very keen graffiti artist, I have done a fair bit of wall decoration both inside and out here at the office 🙂
I really enjoy my work here and there are plans to get some training under my belt very soon so I can expand my youth work skills and continue helping the young people of the Fylde Coast to get creative and enjoy art.

Volunteer Youthworker

Hi I’m Katey and I’m working with Blackpool Youth Voice, I have been helping out with the group for a while and have now become a volunteer youth worker. As well as volunteering with UR Potential I work for the Prince’s Trust helping to deliver programmes to 16-25 year olds and mentoring young people who are unemployed and not education.

I am about to start my Youth work level two qualification which will then allow me to look at further career options within youth work.

Volunteer Youthworker

My name is Simon and I have been a volunteer for many years in a wide range of different projects, from being a member of Wyre Youth Council to being a volunteer in a youth club setting.  I find being a volunteer rewarding and enjoy seeing young people increase their self-confidence and self-esteem. I also like to keep up to date with current affairs and issues affecting young people. Alongside volunteering I have obtained both my Youth Work Level One qualification and my level 2 in  Youth Work Training.   Currently, I am also supporting various different groups to increase and broaden my experience further. 

Volunteer Youthworker
Hello, my name is Julie and I started volunteering earlier this year with Nina and the LGBT* group for under 25’s.  I am enjoying meeting the young people and look forward to developing my skills with UR Potential.
I work full time as a Learning Resource Mentor at the Blackpool Sixth Form, and also support the student LGBT* Group.
In my spare time, I have been a member of a local ladies choir for over 10 years and am currently the secretary.  On occasion when required, I read for the Talking Newspaper.

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