Swansea Young Single Homeless Project, known as SYSHP, is a charity which supports young people aged 16 to 25 in the city, who have experienced homelessness or the care system.
The charity, which was set up in 1987, not only helps to provide accommodation for these young people or support for those living on their own, but it also helps to build their skills, confidence and self-esteem.
SYSHP offers a number of projects from those aimed at preparing young people for the wider world, to providing training, confidence building, help with healthy living, along with trips and outings, and working with older people to break down barriers between the young and old.
SYSHP director Liz Slade said: “We all need first chance, a second chance and a third chance, and that’s what we do here for young people.”
Ms Slade said she was pleased that the charity had been nominated.
“I think it is amazing. It is an honour to think that readers have nominated us and thought about young people.
“It is humbling that they should think of us as a charity.”
Ms Slade said if the charity were to win the competition, then they would ask the young people it supports to help decide how the money should be used.
“Because of the way we work, we will involve the young people in the decision of how we spend the money. They have got to be at the heart of the decisions that we make.”
Now SYSHP is encouraging readers to vote for them to win.
Ms Slade added: “If you think young people deserve a chance vote for us.”
Registered charity number 1002990
How to vote
By post – cut out the coupon from the print edition of the Evening Post and write in the charity’s name (Swansea Young Single Homeless Project) and voting number (1002). Then simply send it back to us at Charity of the Year, South Wales Evening Post, 220 High Street, Swansea SA1 1NW.
By Text – text SW CHARITY and the voting number of your chosen charity (1002) to 84555. Texts cost 25p plus your standard network rate. Lines will close at 10am on Wednesday January 21 2015. Texts sent after this time will not be counted but may still be charged.
The closing dates for all votes is 10am on Wednesday, January 21 2015. Votes received after this time will not be counted. The South Wales Evening Post Charity of the Year will be announced on Friday January 23 2015. All revenue generated from text messages will be donated to the chosen charity of the year.