Young people flock to become advisors for the city

Over 300 children and young people volunteered to become young advisors for future events and projects to help Leeds become a child friendly city.

Leeds City Council’s children’s services organised an event to recruit young people aged 8 to 19 years old (or up to 25 with additional needs) to be on the child friendly Leeds young advisors group.

The event, the first of its kind, attracted over 300 children and young people to find out how they could get involved further, and what opportunities were open to them.

The children and young people visited 15 different marketplace stalls from a variety of projects and services including:

• Leeds Children’s Mayor

• Leeds Youth Council and Youth Parliament

• NHS Clinical Commissioning Group

• Leeds Youth Services

• Artforms

• West Yorkshire Playhouse

• Leeds DJ School

• Breeze

• Leeds Museums and Galleries

• Scrap Creative

A group of 15 young volunteers helped to run the event, signing people in and out and encouraging other children and young people to sign up for activities

Richard Crawshaw, Member of Youth Parliament for Leeds, said:

“The event proved to be a great opportunity for children and young people to see and sign up to a whole range of activities on offer in Leeds. It also provided a unique opportunity for those providing stalls to reach out to children and young people who they may not usually work with, as well as allowing them to network with other local groups and organisations. On our Youth Parliament stall alone we had over 30 young people sign up! Overall, it proved to be a great day and looked to have been enjoyed by all who attended!”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:

“This event was an amazing success. For over 300 children and young people to come along to find out how they can help us make Leeds a child friendly city, proves what an enthusiastic and ambitious group of young people we have here in Leeds.”

Children and young people who are interested in finding out more about becoming a Child Friendly Leeds young advisor can email childfriendlyleeds@leeds.gov.uk for further details.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk