Celebrate your Leeds children’s champs

Young people preparing for the Child Friendly Leeds Awards. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Young people preparing for the Child Friendly Leeds Awards. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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They are the team tasked with celebrating our city’s children’s champions.

And today the organisers of the second Child Friendly Leeds Awards are urging even more people to nominate inspiring youngsters for a prize.

The awards, which are being organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Yorkshire Evening Post and Leeds City Varieties, will showcase the talents of young people and the places and organisations that make Leeds a child friendly city.

Children and young people are at the forefront of the awards and a team of youngsters are on hand to help run and judge the celebrations.

As part of the planning process each young person will take on a bespoke role within the group.

The team will be responsible for designing the sound and lighting, writing the scripts and hosting the ceremony.

Councillor Roger Harington, deputy executive member for children and families, said:“As part of our child friendly Leeds ambitions, we are working to give children and young people more voice and influence in the city.

“The child friendly Leeds awards are another example of this; young people have been given the opportunity to plan the ceremony and it’s now up to them to decide what happens.

“I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

Hundreds of nominations have already flooded in from young people supporting their favourite places to visit and groups and organisations that have made a difference to their lives.

Youngsters are also being urged to vote for their very own children’s champions for those aged 11 and under and young people aged between 11 and 18.

The awards also recognise the lengths people go to make Leeds a great place to grow up, especially for those children with additional challenges, such as having disabilities, are looked after by the council or are particularly vulnerable.

NOMINATE YOUR CHILDREN’S STARS

The second Child Friendly Leeds Awards will be split into five categories:

* Best place in Leeds for children and young people

* Children’s Champion for youngsters under 11

* Children’s Champion for young people aged between 11 and 18

* Looking after children and young people

* Best overall contribution to making Leeds a child friendly city

Nominations for the awards, which are backed by the Yorkshire Evening Post, can be made online at childfriendlyleeds.wordpress.com/awards.

The deadline for your nominations is Friday, October 31.

The awards, which have been sponsored by British Gas, will be held next years on January 29.