Celebrating our city’s children

Youngsters are helping to organise the second Child Friendly Leeds Awards. Young reporter Sophie Poole, pictured far right.

Youngsters are helping to organise the second Child Friendly Leeds Awards. Young reporter Sophie Poole, pictured far right.

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Child Friendly: A team of young people are organising the second Child Friendly Leeds Awards. Young reporter Sophie Poole, who is on the panel, reports.

The Child Friendly Leeds Awards is a very important event.

It helps to recognise the impact that children and people who support children’s achievements make in the city.

A few years ago Leeds introduced 12 wishes to the city.

These wishes were all about benefiting children and young people in Leeds.

With the awards running for the second time it really emphasises how much children can do.

It is so important that the achievements of children are recognised; they are our future.

We should recognise this early!

The Child Friendly Leeds Awards are again being planned by children and young adults. We meet in two different locations and talk about how we want the event to turn out.

We have decided that we want to make it bigger and better than last year.

I like attending the meetings because it is fun to share your ideas, but it is also interesting to hear other people’s ideas.

My job within the planning of this event is programming; this means I plan which acts are performing and when.

I also make sure that during the event all the acts are prepared and ready to perform. I like doing this because it is nice to select a variety of different acts.

There are ten of us who attend the planning meetings, all doing different jobs.

We have our last meeting before Christmas soon, which will be the busiest by far.

We still have a lot to do.

So, we want the awards on January 29 to be amazing and we hope that whoever comes to join in our celebrations of young people really enjoy the event.

Thomas Williamson, photographer. Image by Paul Craig Photography

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