YEP Says, February 1: Let’s give children the tools they need for a brighter future

Nathan Popple.

Nathan Popple.

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Child-friendly awards underline why we must make Leeds a place where youngsters can flourish.

YOUNG people often get a bad press. But chances are we all know a youngster who goes the extra mile or has done something to make their family proud.

The YEP knows only too well the amazing things the young people of this city are capable of – for the simple reason that we feature them in our pages on a daily basis.

Youngsters like Nathan Popple, winner of the Children’s Champion award in the inaugural Child Friendly Leeds Awards for his work to improve accessibility for wheelchair users.

The 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, has set up the website Accessible Leeds to name and shame venues in the city that aren’t wheelchair friendly as part of his campaign for change.

And the awards themselves – which also honoured the likes of West Yorkshire Playhouse and inspirational foster carer John Forbes – were organised by a team of volunteers aged 10 to 19.

We know that given the opportunities, the young people in this city are capable of just about anything.

That’s why we’re supporting the council’s drive to make Leeds a child-friendly city – one that gives our children the tools they need to build a brighter future both for themselves and the city they live in.

We’ve asked youngsters to tell us their vision of a better Leeds. Now we need businesses, organisations – the whole city in fact – to get on board and help deliver it.

Time to celebrate the humble Yorkshire pud

YORKSHIRE is renowned for many things – its majestic scenery, brilliant breweries and as the venue for the opening stages of this year’s Tour de France.

But on the food front its contribution to world cuisine is beyond doubt. The humble Yorkshire Pudding is a staple of any decent roast dinner from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

It’s also the subject of neverending debate. Should it be eaten with the gravy and meat juices before the main meal, or as part of it?

Some readers tell us they even eat it as a dessert.

That may be a step too far for some, but it just shows the brilliance of this simple but delicious batter pudding.