Youth Participation

URPotential are thrilled to announce that they have attracted a 3 year investment from Esmée Fairbairn, for a youth leadership programme in Blackpool, which will support young people to make positive changes to their local area.

“Esmée-Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations who are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society.  The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK.  In 2016 we made grants of £42.4 million towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment, food and social change. We also have a £45 million allocation to social investments for organisations with the aim of creating social impact.

The URPotential Youth Leadership project will incorporate Blackpool Youth Council and a Peer Mentor programme. Blackpool Youth Council are the youth council for the young people of Blackpool. They ensure that every young person, aged 11 to 18, can have their voice heard; allowing young people to have the opportunity to have their say and make informed decisions on key issues impacting them. Blackpool Youth Council are actively recruiting for more members and will be delivering road shows across the Town in schools and youth groups. URPotential are part of the #iwill Campaign, which promotes social action among 10-20 year-olds. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and young people themselves.   The URPotential Peer Mentor project, will recruit young people aged 14- 25 years of age, to be trained as peer mentors and befrienders, to support young people aged 10 – 25, into accessing social activities, volunteering and social action projects.  

We would like to say a massive thank you to Esmée-Fairbairn Foundation for funding our full time participation worker. This post will not only benefit our group, but give a voice to young people across Blackpool. Our immediate plans for the future are to complete our 2017 ‘Make your Mark’ Campaign. We will be working hard to build on our success of the past whilst extending our reach across Blackpool and gaining more recruits to support this significant work. To achieve this, we are planning a road show to engage more schools and local youth clubs.

Josh Thompson
Former Chair of Blackpool Youth Council 

For more information about  the Peer Mentor Project and Blackpool Youth Voice go to Blackpool Youth Council or contact April Rankin on 01253 344398 or


Blackpool Youth Council

Blackpool Youth Council (BYC) are the youth representation for the young people of Blackpool. 

They ensure that every young person, aged 11 to 18, no matter their ethnic or social background can have their voice heard; allowing young people to have the opportunity to have their say and make informed decisions on key issues affecting them.

BYC are involved in activities and campaigns that enable them to make positive changes for young people in Blackpool. We work with different organisations and partners across the town to help shape and decision makers that affect the lives of local young people.

BYC are aware of the needs of individuals or groups of young people who may experience disadvantage or are unable to speak for themselves. Their aim is to raise the profile of young people in a positive way.  

Their partners include Youthforia Northwest, the UK Youth Parliament and the British Youth Council where issues are looked at on a national, regional and a local level. All of this is aimed to actively get involved in the community, making a difference on a local level and promoting democratic values.

In Blackpool youth council we’re thriving at the moment. The group is now much more affective with funding and my role is supported much better now. April, our support youth worker now has more time to help us develop and we’re growing at a faster rate because of this. In a matter of time young people will feel the affects of a stronger youth council

Harry, Former member of youth parliament for Blackpool

If you are interested or would like some more information then please contact April Rankin on 01253 344398 or

Blackpool Youth Network

Blackpool Youth Network is a collective group made up of youth participation groups across Blackpool. As a network we work collectively with the young people to develop and deliver campaigns and projects on issues that they feel are most important to them and other young people.

If you would be interested in joining, please contact April on or 01253 344398

Art Group

Are you 14-19 (up to 25 with additional needs)

Do you have an interest in art? Do you want to meet new friends? Be part of a group? Have support from other young people? Then come and join our art club!

We take part in competitions, craft fairs and community projects, as well as developing our artistic and creative skills.

If you are interested or would like more information please contact April on 01253 344398 or email

Girls Group

Are you female aged 13 – 19 or up to 25 with additional learning needs?

Do you want to:

  • Make new friends
  • Gain qualifications
  • Have fun
  • Try new and exciting things
  • Attend trips and visits
  • Organise events
  • Have a valued input
  • Gain new skills and abilities

If you are interested or would like more information please contact Wendy Pearce on 01253 344398 or email

Mentoring & Befriending

Are you aged 14-25?

Would you like to support someone as a Befriender or a Peer Mentor?

We can offer you training to work towards becoming a Mentor of local young people.

The training includes consideration of the role of a Mentor and will help you to develop a range of skills that will benefit you working in that role. The subjects on the courses include Communication Skills, Confidentiality Awareness, Safeguarding, Cultural Difference and more. The courses aim to help you to develop the necessary skills to support someone and to help them develop sustainable future plans, coping strategies and improved resilience to adversity or difficulties they may face.

If you would like to support young people who are new to our groups, who are shy, low in confidence or need support to talk to new people then you can train as a Befriender and support young people in our Social action groups.