Nominate your Child Friendly city champions

Winners of the first Child Friendly Leeds Awards in January 2014.
Winners of the first Child Friendly Leeds Awards in January 2014.
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THESE children’s champions were given a big thumbs up to celebrate their efforts for young people across Leeds.

And today the Yorkshire Evening Post is calling on readers to nominate their unsung heroes for the second Child Friendly Leeds Awards.

Campaigner Nathan Popple, 17, of north Leeds, foster carer John Forbes, First Floor at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) were the first recipients of a Child Friendly Leeds Award earlier this year.

And nominations are already flooding in to recognise those ordinary people who help to make an extraordinary difference to the lives of youngsters across Leeds.

Children and young people will be at the forefront of the awards, which are being organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Yorkshire Evening Post and Leeds City Varieties.

Nathan Popple, who was the first winner of the Children’s Champion Award for his accessibility campaign, said: “I think children have been overlooked as not having much to contribute to important issues.

“The Child Friendly Awards proves differently.”

DAZL artistic director Ian Rodley saw the group win the best overall contribution to Child Friendly Leeds in January.

He said: “We work with thousands of young people a week and Leeds wants to support and nurture young people.

“It is all about giving young people a voice and Leeds is leading the way.”

The second Child Friendly Leeds Awards will showcase the talent, achievements and energy of young people, as well as highlighting what individuals, places and organisations are doing to make Leeds a child friendly city.

First Floor at West Yorkshire Playhouse, which enables children to be creative with dance and drama, was named best place for young people in Leeds.

Manager Gaby Paradis added: “This is a chance for young people to say what they like about their city.”

The awards -sponsored by British Gas - will be on January 29 and a group of young people will plan and run the event.

NOMINATE YOUR CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONS

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 can be made online at childfriendlyleeds.wordpress.com/awards.

The deadline for nominations is October 31.

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