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!

Non-Executive Director

Kaye Mathew worked for Barclays Bank for some twenty years in many roles. She worked across the UK specifically in London and the Isle of Man. She was the Training Coordinator supporting many teams across the UK. She latterly moved into the world of business with the Northcote Michelin-starred restaurant and Ribble Valley Inn’s Group as their Marketing & Public Relations Director. Kaye manages the Northcote Obsession Gastronomic Event every year inviting Michelin star chefs from around the world. She has lived on the Fylde Coast for 50 years and brings a wealth of business acumen and knowledge.

Non-Executive Director

I currently attend the University of Cumbria, studying Youth and Community Work. I have volunteered for many organisations including the YMCA, A-C-E and URPotential. I first came to URPotential on a university placement at the beginning of 2017 and still volunteer for the Fylde LGBT group on a Monday evening. I am the new non executive director of the company and look forward to my new role within URPotential. I have also recently been offered a chance to work within social care for young people as a trainee youth worker, I am excited to take on this new role and broaden my range of experience with young people. 

I am a very open minded and non judgemental individual with past experience working with a variety of people of different ages. I have never had an issue with challenging or debating any discriminative behaviours. I stand for equality which has come about from my diverse range of interaction with people and a commitment to equal opportunities. I have unconditional passion for working with young people, and a key interest in the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals. Working with young people is what I wish to do in my future career ensuring vulnerable young people get the help and support they need and deserve.

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 for me to progress further.

 

I have a PTLLS qualification, a degree in Textile Crafts and I am a qualified JNC Youth and Community Worker. I have been fortunate to access other training such as ASSIST, Mental Health First Aid, NCS Online Training, Mindful manager and SEND safeguarding.  

Throughout my time at URPotential I have been involved in different projects, activities and events. I have developed and delivered Move into volunteering, Peer Mentoring, Peer Support, Customer services and Interview Skills Training for young people.

 

I am the Participation and Engagement worker, this includes supporting Blackpool Youth Council, Peer Mentors as well as developing and supporting social action projects across Blackpool. Additionally, I am manager in training and I am passionate about the growth of the company. 

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

Blackpool Transformational Youth Coach

I am the Blackpool Transformational youth coach for the youth volunteering project. I have been with URPotential for over three years now, and I have been a part of many projects such as; targeted youth support project, Headstart peer mentoring, Fylde Coast Be Involved Fylde and Wyre worker, and StepUp support worker. I also arranged to attempt a Guinness world record for the largest number of people dressed as princess in an area.

While working with URPotential, on top of the qualifications I had already gained previous such as my Degree, a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Forensic Psychology and my DANOS Qualification, I have gained my level  1 and 2 in youth work and completed an Enhanced Evidence Based Practice Qualification, as well as additional training to support my role.

Transformational Youth Coach

I decided I needed a career change 5 years ago; I wanted to do a job that I loved and that would be passionate about.

Before URPotential, I worked at Blackpool and the Fylde College in the learning support department. This is where my passion for helping young people to make the right choices began.

I have a L3 Diploma in Working with Children and Young People in the Work Place; this has enabled me to broaden my options of working with young people and that is what brought me to URPotential. I wanted more face-to-face time with young people and I thought being a Youth Worker would give me that.

Since working at URP, I have been able to attend useful training for working with young people; these are LGBT, Emergency First Aid, Suicide ASSIST and Safeguarding.

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 assisting all staff with general office duties. I have now taken on an another role for coordinating Adult Training Courses for Blackpool. I am also a Digital Champion, where I help individuals learn basic computer skills.

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, my name is Sally and I’ve been part of the URPotential team since December 2015.

I am a qualified teacher with a BA Hons in German and have taught in secondary schools for 14 years. As a Community Tutor I deliver courses for URPotential focussing on employability, basic IT and customer service. I enjoy supporting adults to succeed in the classroom and progress in their learning.

My other role is as a Transformational Coach on the BBO project. This project aims to support people who are at risk of exclusion from the job market by reducing and removing barriers to employment.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing badminton and teaching German, as a volunteer, to adult beginners.

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.

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

Volunteer Digital Champion
Volunteer

Hi I’m John!

I volunteer with URPotential supporting the LGBT youthwork team. I attended King Edwards School where i loved English, Maths & Physics and went on to become a Science graduate at the City University of London. I became a Optometrist, conducting eye examinations and prescribing glasses until i took early retirement to become a full time carer for an elderly parent. I now volunteer with URPotential, as well as at homeless drop ins and charity shops. I also love Elton John, clothes and bargain hunting!

Volunteer Admin

I am Jade,

I volunteer at URPotential,

As part of my volunteering role at URPotential I complete tasks around the office supporting the staff such as photocopying, laminating and an admin that is required. I also answer the phone to customers and deal with their enquiries accordingly putting the caller through to the relevant people amongst the URPotential team.  I also greet customers who come into the office and people when they come in for meetings with staff. Prior to this I was attending groups at URPotential and doing a Prince’s trust twelve week programme. I am also currently studying A-levels and hope to go to university to study medicine sometime in the near future.

Volunteer

More to come!

Volunteer Cleaner

Hi, I’m Tracey and I’ve recently started volunteering as a Cleaner at URP. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog, a border terrier called Tyson.

Volunteer Youthworker

Hi I’m a single parent of 3 and the eldest of 9. A dinner lady at south shore academy.
I have many years of experience of working with children, I also did a my certificate in childcare and education at college. I also have experience of domestuc abuse being a survivor of domestic violence myself. I’m a volunteer with Wendy at girls group and April at art group. I would like to improve on my experience and gain more qualifications.

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

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.

Ambassadors

BYC Ambassador

My journey through Blackpool Youth Council has helped me to build my confidence, it has helped me speak to new people. I have made new friends, and it gave me the chance to gain new experiences and to go to different places. Blackpool Youth Council has helped me when I’ve been down, the youth workers have helped me a lot when I have needed it especially last Saturday. Blackpool Youth Council has made a big difference in my life, if I did not have it in my life I do not know what I would be doing right now. I have been attending Blackpool youth council for 4 years.

BYC Ambassador

My journey through Blackpool Youth Council has been an amazing experience and been one where I have developed many skills. I have been able to develop many skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and time management. I have enjoyed doing different things such as International woman’s Day and research with future you. I have liked working with a range of people and have built my confidence greatly. One of my best experiences at BYC is bowling where we all had the chance to bond over a great game. I have been attendee at Blackpool youth voice for 6 months and I really enjoy myself. I’m looking forward to future events where I am eager to develop as a young person and express my views. 

BYC Ambassador

Whilst being part of the Blackpool Youth Council my journey has been great, I have been involved in many different events such as LGBT fest where we made different types of campaigns. The skills I’ve developed are communication and team work, all this has made me have a lot more confidence around new people and speak about my opinions more. I have attended Blackpool youth voice for 6 months now and I have developed more as a person.

BYC Ambassador

Being a member (and as of recently, Chair) of Blackpool Youth Council has given me the opportunity to represent Blackpool’s young people, and engage in opportunities to raise awareness of the issues that young people face. I’ve gained confidence in speaking with a wide variety of people and have been able to improve my teamwork and leadership skills. Meeting new people (particularly decision makers) has got to be one of the best parts of being a member of BYC. I have been attending Blackpool youth voice for 2 years.

BYC Ambassador

My journey through Blackpool Youth Council has shown me I have good team work and very good leadership skills. I have had the responsibility of being the Vice Chair. The skills I have developed are confidence speaking out in front of an audience, and also always having a positive attitude towards anything. Whilst being part of Blackpool Youth Council I’ve done many events and been on many trips for example the LGBT day, making campaigns, and going on many YOFO’s. I have made many new friends who I will keep in touch with whilst I was on my journey though Blackpool Youth Council. I have been attending for 6 months. 

BYC Ambassador

The Member of Youth Parliament for Blackpool and member of Blackpool Youth Council I’m passionate about making young people active in the community and Making transport better fit young people. Nationally I’m passionate about a curriculum for life and mandatory first aid education. Being a member has helped me develop my confidence and public speaking and I have met new people

BYC Ambassador

I joined Blackpool Youth Council to support the young people in Blackpool. I have been involved with some events in Blackpool they are CAMHS, LGBT, Youth Summit and delivered presentations to other youth groups.  Being a part of Blackpool Youth Council has allowed me to have a say in what happens in my local area and make new friends.

BYC Ambassador

My journey through Blackpool Youth Council has given me the chance to speak up and it has built my confidence a lot. It has given the opportunity to make new friends and to put myself forward. I have also attended the action research project where I thoroughly enjoyed my time. I have been attending the youth group for about 5 months.

BYC Ambassador

My journey through Blackpool Youth Council has given me a better understanding of politics, and has given me the ability to use that knowledge in my everyday life. It has also shown me how to be more responsible and it has made a big impact on my behaviour in school. I have also made lots of new friends there, I know I can trust them and have made a good bond with all of them. I have recently taken a huge responsibility by putting myself forward for being the publicity lead which has been great so far. I have been attending Blackpool youth voice for 4 months.

BYC Ambassador

Being a member (Website Lead) of Blackpool youth council has helped me develop my confidence in talking to others, and has allowed me to have a voice in our council. Being a part of the Youth Council has allowed me to also improve my teamwork skills.

Ambassador

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