The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships Announce their theme for 2020 – “Empowerment”

This will be in collaboration with Blackpool’s Empowerment Charity that provides advocacy services within the Blackpool Community for those who may be multi-disadvantaged. Empowerment Charity is the chosen charity of Blackpool’s Lady Mayor Amy Cross and LGBT IPC 2020...

Being a Time to Change Employer….(Part 2)

In the previous BLOG, we explained why we had become a Time to Change Employer and the things we had done since. In this BLOG we are going to talk about what has changed since? Time to Change is about changing the culture of an organisation so that mental health is no...

Empowerment’s Amazing Apprentices!!

Empowerment is a Blackpool based charity committed to providing brilliant employment opportunities for local residents. One of our achievements we are most proud of are the Apprenticeship opportunities we provide for Blackpool people! Thanks to ‘HeadStart Blackpool’,...

Being a Time to Change Employer….(Part 1)

As CEO of Empowerment I am utterly proud of being a Time to Change Employer…. This means that we are part of a national movement to make our workplace free from mental illness being a stigma and promoting the emotional wellbeing of our staff. Our approach is based on...


BESS (Blackpool Empowering Social Support) has joined forces with the team at Starbucks Preston New road to help tackle loneliness through social isolation this Christmas. The idea came after the launch of the BESS PLEDGE which urges employers to understand that...

‘Getting Grief’ At Work….

On 19th September 2019 my Dad died. He was born in Blackpool in 1929 to parent s both born and bred in Blackpool and died in Blackpool 90 years later, a true Sand Grown ‘un’. He lived a life dedicated to helping others and he was a wonderful and loving Dad to me. He...

Empowerment is awarded Children in Need funding!!

We are thrilled to announce that Empowerment has been awarded a grant of £103,617 from the fabulous Children in Need! The grant is to fund a full-time worker in our award winning, ‘The Den’ project for three years, which is amazing! ‘The Den’ supports children and...

Football Legend Paul Stewart finds Empowerment

The deafening roar of thousands of fans, the shudder of anticipation from his head to his studs, grass stained knees and bruised shins. All of this was a weekly routine for Paul Stewart.  From kicking a ball around the park in Manchester to scoring the first goal that...

Empowerment conquers ‘The Old Man of Coniston’

Early on the morning of the 25thJuly 2019, a group of Empowerment staff set off from the Empowerment Base to head towards the Lake District to climb 2,634ft to the top of ‘The Old Man of Coniston’. We were taking part in a sponsored walk to raise much...

Exciting times ahead! Empowerment is the Mayor’s charity

The Empowerment Team were delighted to be invited by Blackpool’s Mayor, Amy Cross to meet with her and members of the local community at Blackpool Town Hall. The Mayor has chosen Empowerment as her chosen charity for 2019-2020, which gives us an amazing opportunity to...

Welcome to Empowerment

Empowerment is a Blackpool based charity committed to empowering you to have your voice heard! We are proud of the fact that we make everyone welcome no matter who you are and your background. Please take a look around our website to find out how we can empower you too!


Positivity: No matter how serious or bad your situation may be; our response will always be positive, always solution focused and… always about your needs and wishes!


Respect: Whatever your background, whatever you may have done or not done in life, we will always treat you fairly, recognising your individual needs and circumstances and work alongside you to enable you to reach your full potential.


Patience: Positive change can take time, we also recognise that the people we work with aren’t always going to get it right first time. We are committed to empowering you in a way that is appropriate to your individual circumstances.

Meet the Team

Mike Crowther

Mike Crowther

Chief Executive Officer

Louise Goldstone

Louise Goldstone

Support Services Manager

Kevin Glossop

Kevin Glossop

Quality & Performance Lead

Kerrie Fawcett

Kerrie Fawcett

Domestic Abuse Manager

Adele Holloway

Adele Holloway

The Den Senior Practitioner

Diana Evans

Diana Evans

Blackpool Advocacy Hub Manager

Nicola Plumb

Nicola Plumb

Fulfilling Lives LET Manager

Georgina Kidd

Georgina Kidd

Senior Independent Advocate

Leanne Geoghegan

Leanne Geoghegan

Senior Independent Advocate


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"This misunderstanding of schizophrenia has undoubtedly led to fear and stigma... It’s time we saw the person first, and the illness for what it is."

Challenging the stigma around talking about loneliness and social isolation at the @Empowerment_ office today. We’re sharing a photo plus story about a time we felt lonely or isolated on the new notice board #talktoBESS #stigma #lonelinessandisolation

#NationalLottery funding helps Blackpool charity @Empowerment_, to ensure some of the town's most vulnerable residents have their voices heard. 💬

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We’ve pledged to change the way we think and act about mental health at work by signing the Time To Change Pledge.

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