Tredworth youth service relaunches just six weeks after being kicked out of old home
CHEERS went up as a dedicated youth worker saw his hard work pay off.
City bosses and more than 280 supporters were at Parry Hall to see Delroy Ellis relaunch his support youth service on Thursday.
The 35-year-old said Youth Peace Project has come back "bigger and better" after being kicked out of its old home a few weeks ago.
He set it up in August 2011, the day before the riots, in the Barton and Tredworth Community Trust building.
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The trust centre has since been sold and the new owners rang him six weeks ago and told him to leave.
Delroy said: "I was really disappointed and worried as we had 93 kids on our books and the project was going amazingly well."
Determined not to give up, he has taken over Parry Hall in Tredworth thanks to help from Gloucester City Homes and local businesses who donated £7,000 of materials.
Delroy said: "It was a massive relief when I heard we could reopen and I want to give a big thank you to everybody who has helped. We really couldn't have done it without them."
The revamped hall has a recording studio, mentoring room and IT suite.
It is not the first time Delroy has overcome adversity.
He had a troubled youth of his own but turned things around to be crowned Citizen of the Year for his youth work.
His original project Star 66 Youth and Community Centre, based in Bristol Road, was closed by council bosses amid cuts and he then founded the Youth Peace Project with a £24,000 grant from the Home Office.
Delroy said: "I know for a fact I can't change the world but I will do my ultimate best to change my community."
Contact Delroy on 07974 435624.