URPotential’s Youth Participation project is to support and empower young people in Blackpool to have their voice heard using creative methods to enable positive change both locally and regionally. The participation project will incorporate Blackpool Youth Council and creativity to enable young people to address personal and social issues that affect them.

For more information about  the Youth Participation Project, art activities and  Blackpool Youth Council contact Patrick Valentine on 01253 344398 or patrick@urpotential.co.uk.

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.

“I joined Blackpool Youth Council in the Autumn of 2020 and I’ve learned so much in that time. From the very beginning, I have been accepted, included, and valued in the group. From my participation in BYC, I have gained so much more confidence. Before I joined the group I really struggled to speak to anyone, even family members, but now I am eager and have been able to speak with anyone: politicians, professionals, young people, and anybody else that comes my way. BYC plays a vital part in the community. We are a representation of the young people in Blackpool and we are change-makers who use our voices to improve the lives and futures of our generation. Through campaigns, discussions, debates, events, and behind-the-scenes group work, we are actively changing the odds for young people and ensuring that we are a part of discussions that affect us more than anybody else.”

EW, Blackpool Youth Council Member.

If you are interested or would like some more information then please contact Patrick Valentine on 01253 344398 or patrick@urpotential.co.uk.

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 Patrick Valentine on 01253 344398 or patrick@urpotential.co.uk.

Art Group

Are you 11-18

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!

Young people will use creative methods to increase their confidence, reduce social isolation, develop skills, address mental health and explore solutions to social and environmental issues to communicate to the wider community

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 Patrick Valentine on 01253 344398 or patrick@urpotential.co.uk.

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 Patrick Valentine on 01253 344398 or patrick@urpotential.co.uk.

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.