Over 300 Certificates and 16 Trophies were presented at URPotential’s 8thAwards Evening at Blackpool Football Club. The event was opened by Director Linda Markey who welcomed volunteers, learners, staff, guests and esteemed guests who were presenting awards on the evening.

The evening was hosted by 2 young volunteers Demi Blackman and Nicola Beardall who did an amazingly professional job steering the audience through the evening.

It was attended by over 180 people with entertainment from Hugo Love & Katherine Swales, Ventriloquist Scott Brewin and the DJ & Magician Phil Graham

. The night started with the arrival of Honk! The Lancashire Youth Streetband marching through the audience to applause from all attendees.

Volunteer Certificates were presented by Allan Oldfield CEO of Fylde Borough Council to youth & adult volunteers for their 100, 200, 300 and 500 hours achievements. This was followed by Connor Danson Deputy Member of Youth Parliament and Ann Cartmell telling their volunteer stories.

Connor was the Chair of the Student Council and a student ambassador at Blackpool 6th form. He took part in a healthy living campaign, organ donor campaign and fund-raised for local and national charities. With school council he worked with peers to sponsor a school in Nepal.

Fleetwood Town Councillor Norah Stuchfield presented the training certificates to all learners followed by the personal learning journey of Lisa Johnson who had attended Surviving the Teenage Years training course.

Dave Todd Contract Manager for Inspira National Citizen Service project presented the trophies to

Committed Volunteer, Inspirational Volunteer and Outstanding Group Awards.

Mike Hardaker from Moore & Smalley Accountants presented Adult Learner Award.

Neil Reid from Blackpool Food bank presented Most Outstanding Volunteer of the Year and Adult Volunteer of the year Awards.

Ian Ashton Lancashire County Constabulary and URPotential Steering group member presented Best Group Award.

Fleetwood Town Councillor Norah Stuchfield presented Young Learner oif the year and Young Volunteer Awards.

The Winner of Most Committed Volunteer of the year Graham Morriss.Graham has volunteered with URPotential Art group for over 4 years, has supported young people to design graffiti in the URPotential offices and community venues.  He is a highly valued member of the team.

Winner of Most Inspirational Volunteer George Wright. George has multiple personal barriers and difficulties but none of these held him back on our recent National Citizen Service project.

Young Volunteer Winner Jade Smith. Jade has volunteered with URPotential for a number of years on reception as administrator and also supporting youth groups. She also volunteers with Just Good Friends in St Annes and raises funds for Brian House.

Winner of Best Group Out & About LGB&T Group. This group campaigns for LGB&T rights and supports young people and their families.

Special Award Extraordinary Group National Citizen Service Group. This group created a design at Empowerment. Through graffiti art the group created a bright, visual wall which gives the building a more welcoming feel. They painted fences with some flowers at a care home for the elderly also cleared the land and painted a fence, making a welcome sign on the land for passers-by at a community space at Grange Park and cleared a garden at All Saints Church for the young people of the church to use.

Young Learner Winner Ryan Tebay. This person completed the NCS project gaining a certificate in first aid, an accreditation in food hygiene and food safety, money management, life skills also completing a student leadership accreditation which is separate from the NCS project.

Adult Learner Lora Davies. Lorafound attending the course a challenge at times due to personal issues, however she persevered and had an excellent attendance record. Her perseverance paid off as she passed their maths GCSE in the Summer of 2018. With renewed confidence she decided to take education further and applied to undertake a Masters in Criminology.

Adult volunteer winner Ann Cartmell. Ann has been volunteering weekly with girls group and art group for 12 months. She has also volunteered at International Women’s Day event, Fylde kite festival and community face painting events to name a few, she is always keen to get involved in the community.

Outstanding Adult Volunteer Jordan Stacey. Jordan has overcome many personal barriers to be able to volunteer at URPotential. He takes on many tasks such as making registration files for our Volunteering project, creates marketing packs for our projects. He also had training to do the photocopying, scanning, shredding and laminating.

Denise Parker Director of URPotential made the closing speech thanking everyone for attending especially the volunteers and the hardworking URPotential team. Denise thanked our sponsors Moore & Smalley Accountants, Longfellows Office Suppliers, The Mina Group, Blackpool Food Bank and Evolve Document Solutions.

Flowers and chocolates were presented to all volunteers and staff and the night ended with a rousing disco and lots of dancing.