Camera rolls to put children in the spotlight

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Children are taking centre stage by creating an inspirational film to show what it is like to grow up in Leeds.

Young film makers have created their very own stop-motion animated film to increase support for the city’s Child Friendly Leeds campaign.

The Yorkshire Evening Post recently threw its weight behind the initiative which aims to help Leeds become one of the most child friendly cities in the country.

People visiting the city centre will be able to see the special film on the big screen in Millennium Square as well as on screens around the First Direct Arena and Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

The film, which was sponsored by British Gas as part of their Child Friendly Leeds pledge, was created through workshops in which the young people worked with local young poet, Ma Maposa.

Pupils from Blenheim Primary and Chapel Allerton Improvised Family Theatre took part in the project.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services, said: “This is a powerful film which showcases the young people’s creativity and ideas about how to make Leeds a better place.

“We want children and young people’s voices to be at the heart of our city and our ambition to be a child friendly city.

“I hope this film inspires people to consider how they can support children and young people to have a voice and help us make Leeds the best city to grow up in.”

The film is accompanied by a poem written by youngsters with the help from Ma Maposa.

The poem also considers equality and children in need as well as calling on businesses and organisations to support the Child Friendly Leeds campaign.

The YEP urged more businesses and organisations to sign a special Child Friendly pledge.

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