Help plan kids’ awards show

Child Friendly Leeds is on the lookout for young people to plan and present its awards ceremony next year.

The organisation wants people aged 11 to 19-years-old to co-ordinate the event at Leeds City Varieties on February 1. People aged up to 25 with additional needs can also apply to be on the team.

Every year a different group of young people work together to plan, organise, present and run the show. This includes script writing, selecting performers, operating the lights and sound, supporting front of house and backstage, and promoting the event.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to try their hand at planning and organising a prestigious, high profile event. It is a chance to use their creativity, talents and existing skills as well as learning new ones which will last a lifetime.

“The young people who took part last year thought the experience was amazing and couldn’t believe the amount of responsibility and freedom they were given to create a spectacular event starting from nothing.”

The group will attend planning sessions each Thursday from 4.30pm to 6pm between September and January. They will get lots of support from Child Friendly Leeds and the learning team at Leeds City Varieties.

Young people who are interested in being part of the planning team should visit the Child Friendly Leeds website and complete the short application form before Monday, September 11. You can also nominate young people for an award on the site.

See www.leeds.gov.uk/childfriendlyleeds/Pages/Child-friendly-Leeds-awards.aspx for more information.

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