A much valued Yorkshire-based project which has given hope and purpose to thousands of young people across Leeds has now celebrated its tenth anniversary with the help of past and present members, including a reality TV contestant.
Archway, in the Chapeltown district, employs over 50 staff who provide support and guidance to young people aged 16 to 25 from across the city and over its 10 years has become a valuable resource for which many believe there would not be where they are today without this includes former Big Brother contestant, Science.
And to mark this special occasion, the Centre – which is an integral part of regeneration charity renew which has worked with disadvantaged neighbourhoods and communities across Leeds since 1989 – hosted a birthday party and invited all who had passed through its doors over the 10 years to join in the fun.
Twenty-seven-year-old Science, who lives close by and attended the party, has been using Archway for the best part of a decade, and was the driving force behind developing a recording studio within the building. This is one of Archways most popular amenities and helped launch the career of up-and-coming 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.
The services Archway offers include one-to-one information and advice on a variety of topics, including housing, finance, careers, welfare rights as well as guidance on sexual health, confidential counseling and group work.
Archway runs confidence building sessions for individuals and groups, educational trips and provides showering, laundry, IT, Music Studio, recreational, sporting and crche facilities.
Science added: The comfortable atmosphere at Archway really puts people at ease and allows them to come out of their shell as their confidence grows over their time here. The Centre also helps people develop skills they otherwise wouldnt be able to and vent their creativity.
The Centre is not just known locally, it is known across Leeds. People will travel from the other side of the city to use the Centre and I would definitely encourage young people to come here.
Archway Resource Centre Manager Andrea Tait said: As this was such a significant milestone for us, what better way to celebrate than by inviting all past and present members to a party, as after all, they are the people at the core of what we do here.
Archway is a real success story. It has a city-wide reputation and attracts young people from all over Leeds.
The team of dedicated Archway staff is the key to its success; the work they carry out delivers tangible benefits and has made a real difference to the lives of thousands of young people over the past 10 years. Now we just hope we can help thousands more over the next 10.
As part of its tenth birthday celebrations, Archway also hosted a second more formal event for civic dignitaries, councilors, service partners and community leaders, where they heard of the experiences from staff and those who have benefitted from its work.
Photo caption: Former Big Brother contestant Science in Archways music suite.
For Further Information, please contact:
Andrea Tait, Archway, on 0113 383 3900
David Simister, Different PR, on 0845 389 26 26
Notes to Editor:
re’new is a regeneration charity working with disadvantaged neighbourhoods and communities across Leeds. First established as Leeds Partnership Homes in 1989, it has twenty years’ experience of using diverse methods to enable people to develop their skills, confidence, self-esteem and well-being, to participate more fully in society, and to improve the areas in which they live.
re’new was originally established to develop affordable housing for rent in Leeds. Today, it has four main areas of work:
Services for young people aged 13 25
Initiatives within neighbourhoods