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Deeside youth group wins award

A DEESIDE youth group has won an award for its hard work.

The Young People Keeping Older People Safe (Y-KOPS) project was set up by Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association to give young people the opportunity and knowledge to engage with older residents to help them feel safe in their homes.

The initiative won Best Youth Group at Flintshire County Council Customer Involvement Awards, held at the Civic Hall, Connah’s Quay.

Sixteen Y-KOPS students from John Summers High School received medals to mark their hard work.

Julie Bellis, learning manager at John Summers High School, said: “It was a surprise to us all that the Y-KOPS initiative was nominated.

“I’m very proud of the students; we are very honoured to have been a part of the Best Youth Group category.”

Ruscksana Jannat, Y-KOPS volunteer added: “It was good to do something positive as a young person for our community, receiving this award is just a bonus.”

The scheme was launched by High Sheriff of Clwyd Lady Janet Jones last year.

Gill Faulkner, trustee of Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, said: “It’s a fantastic project and I am so pleased it was nominated and so pleased it won this worthy award.

“It’s great to be here representing Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch and the students of John Summers High School who have collectively worked so hard on this project.”

This was the first year the youth group category had been included in the awards.

Debbie Davies, customer involvement officer for Flintshire County Council, said: “We added the new category, Best Youth Group, as there is so much negativity over the youth and we wanted to give an opportunity to commend all the good work youths bring to our communities.

“Awards like this will motivate them and keep them actively volunteering for communities.”