Here you will find more details about the Empower Academy programme including information about each of the sessions and how to get in touch with us.

Empower Academy is a programme of events and activities to give young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about their future. It is a collaborative programme bringing together the four universities in Lancashire, Lancashire County Council and Future U. 

The programme is initially open to young people in East Lancashire who are care experienced. The programme begins in year 8 and will span over two years, culminating in a celebration event at the end of year 10. On this page, you will find information about each of the activities that make up the Empower Academy programme. They will take place across the county and young people, and their parents/carers will be supported to take part in as many elements as they can. As information including locations and timings are available, this page will be updated with relevant information

 If you are interested in taking part in the programme, or know a young person who might be, please complete the below booking form and we will be in touch!

Want to know more? Please contact Ian Mountain at EMAIL ADDRESS 

Programme Outline

Programme Launch Session

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Loud Speaker Session

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Higher Education Visit

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Personal Project Launch

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How do I travel to and from each event?

Each session will take place in a different location across Lancashire. When confirming you attendance at each, we will support you with your travel plans.

Who else is part of the programme?

The Empower Academy programme is open to any young person in East Lancashire who is care experienced and is currently in year 8. Some young people may already know each other but please don’t worry if you don’t know anybody else when you sign up, there will be lots of opportunities to get to know one another along the way! 

The programme will be facilitated by a range of professionals from universities and other organisations including outreach staff and current university students. 

We are also hoping to offer some sessions for carers/supporters to help them best support young people in their educational journey. 

Can my supporters attend?

We want to ensure you feel as supported as possible throughout the programme and so there will be opportunities for your supporters to get involved along the way.

Some of the activities are aimed solely at the young people participating, but they will always be facilitated by friendly and approachable outreach staff. 

If you are worried about attending alone, please reach out to us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs and ensure you feel comfortable.

What do I need to wear and bring with me?

Generally, you are welcome to wear whatever you feel comfortable in. If there is anything specific you need to bring (such as waterproof coat and shoes) we will let you know in advance. You will also find information relating to each activity on this page. 

Food and drinks will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you would prefer.

Events & Activities

At Future U, we to offer a variety of outreach events and activities which are delivered by our central team and by our partners.


Please select Activities to view the range of talks and workshops that are available to book ad-hoc. Many activities can be delivered in school or virtually, are free of charge and are aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance.


Select Events to see find upcoming dates for university visit days, competitions, residentials and more.