Kids plan top awards night

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Children and young people are taking centre stage in putting on the Child Friendly Leeds Awards.

The accolades celebrate the people, places and organisations who make Leeds truly child friendly and are entirely planned, delivered and hosted by young people.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families said: “The Child Friendly Leeds Awards are a prestigious, high profile event in our city that showcase our collective commitment to making Leeds child friendly.

“Being part of the Planning Group for the Awards offers a fantastic opportunity for our young people to use their creativity, talents and nurture existing skills while also gaining invaluable new ones and making new friends.”

There are 13 young people aged 12–17-years-old who make up this year’s awards planning group. They have called themselves The Dynamics, and hail from across the city.

They attend nine different schools across the region: Allerton High, Tadcaster Grammar, Temple Moor High, Garforth Academy, Roundhay High, Leeds City College, Crawshaw Academy, Dixons Unity Academy (formally Swallow Hill) and Heckmonwike Grammar.

The team have announced that the theme for the night will be Comic Hero and the dress code is anything related to comic strips or superheroes.

Until January the youngsters will work with the City Varieties’ Learning Team to plan, organise, present and run the prestigious invitation only event which will be staged next February at the City Varieties.

Coun Mulherin added: “I am really looking forward to seeing the end result of what is set to be a truly super awards.”