Young people host prestigious awards event

Picture caption - the young people who are organising the Child Friendly Leeds Awards 2015 are: Polly Foster, Issac Grinnel, Jeremy Musinga, Kreigh Williams, Olivia Broadhead, Sam Worsnop, Sian Carry and Sophie Poole.

A group of young people have begun planning the child friendly Leeds awards 2015, a ceremony rewarding the young people, adults, places and organisations helping to make Leeds a fantastic city to grow up in.

The awards ceremony, held at Leeds City Varieties on 29 January, will be attended by leaders from around the city, including the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds, and will celebrate everything child friendly in Leeds. The ten young people, age 12-18, have come together from a mixture of schools and colleges around the city and now have just three months to ensure the awards are a success.

As part of the planning process each young person will take on a bespoke role within the group. Whether they’re taking centre-stage to host the ceremony; designing the sound and lighting; or writing the script for the evening, the experience will mean working together to celebrate the achievements of the amazing people, places and organisations nominated for the child friendly awards.

The awards ceremony follows on from the success of the first child friendly Leeds awards, hosted in January 2014. It will reward the contributions of people, places and organisations in five categories:

• ‘Best place for children and young people in Leeds’ - awarded to the most welcoming place in the city to children and young people.

• ‘The Children’s Champion (age 0-11)’ - awarded to a child, in primary school or younger, helping to make Leeds a better place.

• ‘The Children’s Champion (age 11- 18)’ - awarded to a young person, in secondary school or older, helping to make Leeds a better place.

• ‘Looking after children and young people’ - awarded to an adult working to make the lives of children and young people better.

• ‘Best contribution to making Leeds a child friendly city’ - awarded to a business or organisation making a significant contribution to making Leeds a more child friendly city.

The closing date for nominations is 31 October 2014.

Councillor Roger Harington, Leeds City Council’s deputy executive member for children and families, said:

“As part of our child friendly Leeds ambitions, we are working to give children and young people more voice and influence in the city. The child friendly Leeds awards are another example of this; young people have been given the opportunity to plan the ceremony and it’s now up to them to decide what happens. I’ll be there on 29 January and I can’t wait to see what they come up with!”

For more information of the child friendly Leeds awards and to make a nomination, see: http://childfriendlyleeds.wordpress.com/awards/


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