“In Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, NHS providers of Children’s Mental health services have undertaken a service redesign, this began in 2018 and the final model is due for completion in April 2020. This work has been heavily influenced by Children and Young people from URPotential and Blackpool Youth Council have ensured that there has been great input from Blackpool Young people in the co-production and co-design of the work. The intention is to continue this active participation as we enter the implementation phase, Children and young people will form part of the alliance and monitor service development. “
Elaine Walker, Emotional Health & Wellbeing Manager, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

“Just a quick email to say thanks for Saturday, what an amazing day.
None of it would have been possible without your hard work, dedication and time.
We really appreciate it and cannot thank you enough.
We really hope that you would be interesting in doing any other events we run in the near future, it was a great atmosphere and everyone who attended it loved it.”

Jonas Bartle, YMCA

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your support with the recent visit to Blackpool by Geoff Howard, and his partner Sheree Chevalier. Firstly, thank you for your flexibility with the arrangements, which was extremely helpful, but most importantly thanks to you and your team for giving such a fantastic insight into your work. Both Geoff and Sheree were really impressed by what they learned and by what you and your team do and felt there was lots for them to take away and think about in the context of their locality and what they would like to achieve. In his most recent email Geoff had the following to say:

“UR Potential will stand out in my mind because of the enthusiasm and passion shown by the staff as well as Josh.”

I know Geoff would like to do some follow-up to his visit once he is back in Australia, I hope that will be OK.

From a personal point of view I would just like to say how much I enjoyed the visit too, it was really informative and provided lots of information and background that will help underpin the work that I do as part of the Opportunity Areas programme. I echo Geoff’s sentiments above about enthusiasm and passion. I hope there will be a chance to meet you again at some point in the future.”

Lisette Baker, Social Mobility Team, Department for Education

“This is an excellent monitoring assessment. All Evidence is well organised and was provided as specified on the Materials Request Form. Summary Sheets have been completed to a high standard with itemisation followed perfectly where required; clearly showing each outcome has been achieved.

Learner worksheets are well produced and show a good level of input from each learner. These are well flagged and show positive tutor comments throughout which is nice to see.

I would like to thank Deborah and the team for your continued hard work in delivering and submitting these claims! Well done!”


“Thank you for the most amazing day up in Blackpool for the LGBT Fest. Our young people really gained a hell of a lot of good stuff from your you guys and your young people!
I personally gained someone very inspiring ideas from your work and I hope to look and build a successful work between our two organisations to give our young people the best possible experiences and learning and you guys quite right social action is youth work and its important to always stand and believe in it, anyway thank you again and hope that we can link up very soon!

Your young people should be extremely proud brought a tear to my eye their contribution and one of our young people came out to their parents because of conversation they had with one of your young people!”

Benjamin Evans, Youth & Community Worker, Blackburn Youth Zone