Child Friendly Leeds campaign turns three

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A campaign to make Leeds the most child friendly city in the country will reach its third birthday this month.

Child Friendly Leeds –launched by the Queen in 2012 – is also celebrating after gaining the support of more than 350 ambassadors, including Olympic champion Nicola Adams, Leeds Rhinos players, the NHS, West Yorkshire Probation Service, schools and the city council.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for children and families, said: “We are really proud of how well the child friendly ethos has been embraced by the city. Child Friendly Leeds is about putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do, and we understand that there is still long way to go achieve our aim to make Leeds the best city to grow up in.”

The initiative involves ambassadors building stronger links with local schools, arranging for staff to become mentors to young people in care and looking at how they can better involve young people in their organisations.

A number of events have been planned to mark the milestones. The Leeds First Direct Arena will be turning a shade of ‘child friendly Leeds’ orange on Sunday, July 19, while the Leeds Rugby Foundation will host its annual children’s day – from 10.30am to 4pm on July 19 – at the cricket and rugby grounds at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Leeds Bradford Airport is the latest organisation to sign up to the initiative.

Tony Hallwood, aviation development director, said: “Leeds Bradford is really 
excited to be supporting and working on this Leeds initiative.”