Leeds launches ambitious plans to become the best city to grow up in

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edindurgh visiting Leeds Arena. PIC: James Hardisty

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edindurgh visiting Leeds Arena. PIC: James Hardisty

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Leeds launched its ambitious plans to become a child-friendly city during the Royal visit.

And it immediately won the Royal seal of approval, with the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh entering the first signatures in the Child Friendly Leeds Visitors’ Book, in support of the project.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive member for children’s services, unveiled its aims at the City Varieties Theatre, where she described how residents and businesses had to put young people “at the heart of everything they do”.

She added: “Our children and young people face tough challenges as they grow up, particularly finding jobs and training that build the skills and confidence to do well. One of the ambitions of being a child friendly city is for Leeds to become a city where every young person is in education, employment or training.”

The campaign’s aims include creating a city when youngsters are safe from harm, have fun growing up and are equipped with skills for life.

Some 700 Leeds children took part in the launch and they are being asked to have their say on how to make Leeds the best city to grow up in.

Leeds is now looking for people to become child friendly ambassadors. To volunteer email childfriendlyleeds@leeds.gov.uk.

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