Huddersfield-based community group Global Diversity Positive Action (GDPA) is – with the help of local volunteers and businesses – transforming a former town centre bank into a space for music making.

The GDPA helps disadvantaged young people from the local area that are not in employment, education or training – as well as young offenders – by teaching work-based skills, creating employment opportunities, promoting social responsibility and developing a culture of lifelong learning.

Since its launch, initially in Huddersfield’s Ray Street Enterprise Centre, hundreds ofyoung people have been through its doors.

The new music project aims to support disadvantaged young people by creating a creative hub that will host a range of workshops including music production, photography, graffiti, literacy/numeracy and positive thinking.

Last year, Sharon Jandu, founder of Global Diversity Positive Action was recognised by then Prime Minister David Cameron, who praised her work within the community and recognised the work of the GDPA programme:

Prime Minister David Cameron:

“Sharon’s refusal to give up on some of the hardest to reach young people in her community has led to some incredible results. The programme she developed has not only seen former young offenders start to turn their lives around, but has created a new social enterprise that can benefit more young people in Yorkshire. I am delighted to be recognising Sharon as a Point of Light.”

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