Youth project celebrates 10th anniversary

A youth project which has given hope and purpose to thousands of young people across Leeds is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Former Big Brother contestant Science is pictured at Archway in Harehills, where he mentors musicians. With him is Brooklyn Dube, who uses the recording studio at the centre.

Archway, in Roundhay Road in Chapeltown, is inviting all who have passed through its doors to its birthday party, from 5pm tomorrow.

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Built on the site of the former Gaiety public house, it employs more than 50 staff who provide support to young people aged 16 to 25.

Archway is a part of regeneration charity re’new, which works with disadvantaged neighbourhoods. It runs confidence building sessions, educational trips and provides showering, laundry, IT, music studio, recreational, sporting and crche facilities.

Science, 27, who lives close by, was the driving force behind the development of a recording studio within the building, which helped launch the career of Leeds record producer T2.

Science said: “Archway has helped me in so many different ways; it kept me off the streets and out of trouble. You get to meet people from all different walks of life, so you could say it helps us all socially as well.”

Picture: Tony Johnson