Winners in the first ever Child Friendly Leeds Awards were crowned in a glittering ceremony at the City Varieties.
People, places and organisations who have helped to make Leeds a child friendly city, were celebrated at the awards, attended by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Tom Murray.
They showcased the talent and achievements of the city’s children and young people and highlighted the work being done to make Leeds a child friendly city - a campaign backed by the YEP.
Earlier this evening, Nathan Popple, 17, of north Leeds, was crowned winner of the Children’s Champion award, for creating the website www.accessibleleeds.com to campaign for change.
Winner of the looking after children and young people award was John Forbes, a foster carer and chairman of the Foster Carer Liaison Group for many years.
He was credited for making a difference to many children’s lives in Leeds and inspiring others to become foster carers.
Best place for children and young people went to First Floor, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) won best overall contribution to child friendly Leeds.
Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said: “The awards received hundreds of nominations, which goes to show how much fantastic work is going on in Leeds to make it a great place to grow up. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, they are shining examples of what it really means to be child friendly: great places for children to play and learn and listen to their voices so we change what we do, to make our city better.
“Becoming a child friendly city is something that everybody can get involved in. So many people across the city have got right behind our ambition and these awards are a great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate their great work and achievements.”