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Your Champions 2011: Flintshire project Us UnLtd nominated in Team of the Year category

A PROJECT which helps homeless young people across Flintshire turn their lives around has been nominated for a Your Champions award.

Last year a group of 12 young people – who have at some point in their lives been homeless – set up Us UnLtd and opened a shop in Flint town centre in a bid to raise money to tackle the problem.

The ambitious scheme continues to grow and project leaders have now acquired new premises for an emergency shelter.

Gina Edwards, an adviser for the Deeside Domestic Abuse Safety Unit (DASU) – which was crowned Team of the Year at last year’s awards ceremony – nominated Us UnLtd.

She said: “The project offers opportunities and support to young people across Flintshire. It was set up by an inspirational and motivated group of young people who were themselves homeless. They show other homeless young people that there can be an alternative.”

The shop in Church Street sells hand-crafted gifts, including jewellery, bags and hats, and is run by volunteers.

Flintshire Local Voluntary Council is helping set up the emergency shelter in Church Street, which will be called The Getaway and will provide a safe haven for homeless young people and runaways.

“It is a fantastic idea,” said Gina. “The drop-in centre will give young homeless people a place to meet, shower, wash their clothes and get training.”

There are also plans to open a cafe for the public at the site to help fund the centre.

Gina added: “The team at Us UnLtd are making a real difference in Flintshire. I have had the privilege to meet some of them. I think what they are doing is wonderful.”