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  admin@urpotential.co.uk or give us a call 01253 344398

Staff 

In a previous life I had my own restaurants, both in England and abroad.  More latterly I had a dance studio. I then started work as a youth & community worker and obtained my a BA (hons) Degree from St Martins College Lancaster at the grand old age of 50. I now have 30 years experience of working with children, young people and families in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre. 

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 disadvantaged  groups across Merseyside. I undertook research, and delivered high quality community and training events.  These ranged from talks and workshops to conferences and symposia for Tate Liverpool visitors, as well as Community Exhibitions in collaboration with the communities I had worked with. 

After I gained my teaching qualification I delivered Community Development training and Youth Work training for Blackpool and Fylde College.  I am a volunteer myself with My Town Tiggers a local charity that supports children and young people with autism. I am also a Trustee of the Claremont First Step Centre Blackpool, Streetlife Homeless Charity Blackpool.

Nina Beavers

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.

 

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!

Kaye Mathew

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.

Alex Bamford

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.

April Rankin

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. 

Amanda Cane

BBO Contracts Coordinator

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.

Chris Smith

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

Vicki Aldred

Transformational Youth Coach

I started my career as a nursery nurse, then after having my own child decided to return to university and gained a foundation degree in working with young people in the community and a BA (Honours) Health and Social Care, CYP Pathway. I have coordinated a number of programmes such as, detached youth work, positive activities for CYP, NCS programme, Youth clubs and most recently one to one work with young people with emotional health and wellbeing issues. I have recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Evidence based Psychological Therapies for children and young people LD & ASD Pathway, as part of my studies I have completed Riding the Rapids Training.

Emma Callighan

Transformational Youth Coach

I started my career working within nurseries and other varied posts within the field. I always knew I wanted to work within the youth field but wanted to gain more knowledge. Since having my child I decided to go back to university and completed a BA Honours in Family Support and Wellbeing. Since my time at university I have worked within mental health and supported families to engage to be able to build a stronger family unit and make life better for children, young people and their parents. I am looking forward to building on what I already know here at URPotential and supporting young people in their development journeys.

Nina Beavers

LGBT Coordinator

I’m the LGBT+ Coordinator for young people and families in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde. I have been involved in Youth and Community work since 1988 when I became a volunteer for the Childrens’ Society and the Youth Service. This work pushed my buttons and I realised what I wanted to do with my life.  I whisked myself off to St Martins College Lancaster to complete my Professional Community and Youth Work Qualification in 1996. There’s been plenty of ups and downs and plenty of people who have believed in me when I never believed in myself, they got me here, and inspired me to do the same for others.

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 believe in equality, fairness, justice and people – you get the picture!  I embrace new experiences and all that young people teach me every time I work with them.  Life is a learning curve, where anything is possible.

Ben Mathew

Transformational Coach / IT Lead

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.

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.

Sally Hardaker

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.

Angie Thomas

BBO Specialist Support Worker

I’m Angie and I’m here to help the over 50s enjoy midlife by encouraging some new changes for the good. I am a specialist support worker for the over 50s on the Age of Opportunity project. I will help you to decide whether to start a new course or interest, try volunteering or find work.  New year’s resolutions often don’t work past January but with my support the time is right to tackle those health, wellbeing, financial and lifestyle issues. My background is careers guidance counselling and I’ve worked in schools, colleges, the community, charities and with the unemployed and enjoy seeing how people become happier by moving forward. I’m in my 50s too and I really believe it is the Age of Opportunity, I even have my own list of new hobbies and courses that I intend to try because it’s never too late. So let me inspire you to begin again and start a new life!

Dawn Forster

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.

Charlotte Murray

BBO IIY worker

During school and college I focused my studies around drama and theatre. I attended the University of Leeds from 2013 to 2016 where I gained my BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance. Throughout my degree I engaged with a wide range of young people in the community, ranging from young offenders to children with profound disabilities. After graduating I was employed as a pastoral mentor at a Blackpool high school. This job allowed me to work closely with young people struggling to overcome personal, social and emotional barriers to education. In 2019 I started work on the BBO Invest in Youth project at URPotential.

Anita Mcconville

Transformational Coach

Hi, I’m Anita,

In 2011 I returned to education to improve my Maths and English skills, to help my children with their homework.  After I completed level 2 English, I was invited to do a Foundation Degree called Literacies for Life; the topics covered on the degree opened my eyes to the barriers to education individuals may face.

Moving forward I completed BA Hons Degree, Communication at Work, at Blackpool and the Fylde College.

 I have supported young people at Blackpool and The Fylde as an Education Support Worker and also support Adults with learning disabilities and mental health.

In 2019 I became a keyworker for Building Better Opportunities, Invest in Youth.

Joanne McKay

Transformational Coach

Hi I am Joanne, I am a Specialist Support Worker on the Age of Opportunity Project here to support the over 50’s. I can help in exploring, deciding and accessing volunteering, training and employment and support to break down any barriers holding you back. I spent many years working for substance misuse services and housing support in both a frontline support role and in managerial positions across Blackpool and Blackburn. I have also worked for the Local Authority as a Quality Monitoring Officer for Contracts and Commissioning in Children’s Services and as a bit of a curve ball I am also a qualified Joiner! In my spare time I volunteer for a local charity and am also a Vice President of the Cardiff Sea Cadets. I love keeping active by walking and cycling.

Jade Holloway

LGBT Youthworker

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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

Wendy Pearce

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.

Eric Lee

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.

Donna Finer

Community Tutor

Info coming soon!

Stuart Dunne

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.

Lynne Brayne

Internal Verifier

Info coming soon!

Allen Markey

Photographer

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

Mark Relf

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.


And we couldn’t do all the amazing work that we do without an amazing volunteer team to support us!

Carmel

Admin Volunteer

Carolyn Eighteen

Volunteer Admin

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Sue Wright

Volunteer Admin

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Lauren Cox

Volunteer Admin

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Graham Morriss

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.

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!

Nicola Dawber

Volunteer Youthworker

I’m Nicola & i am a volunteer youthworker with URPotential. I have been involved with Blackpool Youth Council as a member which hashas 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. 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 now support April with the group, and also went on the NCS Summer 2019 residential as a volunteer youthworker.

Hi, I’m Dillon! I volunteer with URPotential with the LGBT group and enjoy working with the young people. I go to college three days a week training to be a joiner, volunteer for a cycling group in Blackpool and attend art group at URP. I also know BSL (British Sign Language)

Annabelle Cartmell

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.

Julie Halliwell

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.

David Smith

Volunteer Digital Champion

I am a volunteer at URPotential on the ReachIT Project.  I run I.T drop- in groups on Tuesday mornings at the URPotential office, Wednesday mornings in St. Annes and one on a Friday afternoon at St. Peters Church in Blackpool.   

I started this volunteering role as I enjoy helping people become more confident in using laptops or using their own devices that they sometimes bring to a drop in with them.  I help people get online by using the Learn My Way training package, this is such a great way to help others with developing their I.T skills.   Seeing the difference these new I.T skills have made to people’s lives is truly priceless.

More info to come soon!

Joan Rose

LGBT Family Support Volunteer

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David Rose

LGBT Family Support Volunteer

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Daniel Dawber

Digital Champion

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Jordan Mercer

Digital Champion

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