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Child Friendly Leeds Champions announced!

The winners of the seventh Child Friendly Leeds awards have been announced in a
star-studded ‘Space’ themed ceremony at Leeds City Varieties last Thursday
(6 February).

The awards ceremony was organised by a group of 10 enthusiastic and dedicated
young people, ‘Tentastic Productions’. The young people, aged eleven to fifteen,

planned every aspect of the ceremony, from the designing the decorations and writing

the script, to selecting the young and talented performers who entertained guests

on the night. The Tentastics were supported by the City Varieties Learning Team,

who have run weekly sessions to support them. The ceremony was attended by an

audience of 400 people including the Lord Mayor of Leeds, City Leaders and VIP guests.

 

A full photo gallery can be viewed on the 'Child Friendly Leeds' Facebook page.

 

The winners of the Child Friendly Leeds Awards 2020 are:

Child of the Year (Under 11):

Lee Newton: Lee is a dedicated individual who gives up considerable amounts of time
to help his school; such as arriving early to help teachers and other children,
and working with the superintendent to keep the school safe. He is also part of
the school mental health ambassadors’ team, who train to support people who are
struggling.

Young Person of the Year (11–21):

Danny Hirst: Danny was born with a hole in his heart. In
2016, he had a mechanical valve fitted. He has fundraised for the Children’s
Heart Surgery Fund (www.chsf.org.uk) in many ways such as; organising a ‘Wear
Red Day’, taking part in ‘Superhero Walks’, doing a 10-storey building abseil,
and persuading his mum to jump out of a plane!

Youth Group:

The Tribe Youth Group: The Tribe offers opportunities to develop skills and
confidence through the I am Me project with Beyond Inspired whilst making
a positive contribution to the community with projects including BuddyBags,
community clean ups, and food collections. They have also encouraged
local businesses to give up single-use plastic.


Adult Making a Difference:

Jamie Hutchison: Jamie created Studio12
– creating avenues into work for disadvantaged young people aged 16-30 by
providing free access to a production studio and training. Jamie broadened the
horizons of young people in Leeds by campaigning to bring Channel4 to the city
and producing a bid film that won the hearts of the broadcaster’s bosses.

Communities and Schools Working Together:

Let’s Read: Let’s Read aims to
improve learning and achievement for children, increasing their future
educational and employment opportunities. Manager Gail oversees a programme of
recruitment, training and support for volunteers from businesses and local
communities, enabling the project to provide schools with support for children
who are falling behind with their reading and literacy skills

Inspiring Creativity through Arts and Culture:

Wrongsemble: Wrongsemble is a theatre company made up of professional artists
and practitioners who specialise in working with and creating work for young
people, schools and families. They provide free entry for Refugee and Asylum
Seeker Families and place accessibility and diversity at the heart of
everything they do.

Best Place in Leeds for Children and Young People:

Little Hiccups: Little Hiccups have provided a place for young people with
disabilities and their families to meet and share experiences. Founded by
parents who have children with disabilities they recognised the need for such a
group from personal experience, the group has grown to provide invaluable
support and opportunities to many families across the city.

Overall Contribution to Making Leeds a Child Friendly City:

The Outward Bound Trust: The Outward Bound Trust play an
important role in enabling some of the most vulnerable young people to have
access to their life changing summer residential programmes and opportunities
that without financial assistance would not be possible. Those who take part
gain important life skills and take away lasting memories and friendships.



The other shortlisted nominees were:

Child of the Year (under 11):

Darren
Brown

Layla
Newby

Ollie
Brown

Theo Etheve



Young Person of the Year (11–21):

Arqam
Al-Hadeed

Brianna
Page

Michael
Bottomley

Lanre
Adeleye



Youth Group of the Year (up to 25) :

Youthwatch
Leeds

Leeds
Youth Council Working Group

Leeds
Art Gallery Youth Collective

1st
Manston Guides



Adult Making a Difference for Young
People:

Libby
Tinworth

Lia
and Karl (Buttercup Lane Childminders)

Daniel
Pollock

Rebecca
Coyne



Communities and Schools Working Together:

Gypsy
Roma Traveller Outreach and Inclusion Team

Horsforth
Walk of Art

Knife
Crime Project

Discovery
Centre and Roundhay School



Inspiring Creativity Through Arts and
Culture:

Made
with Music

Northern
School of Contemporary Dance

South
Asian Arts UK

Stitch-Up



Best Place in Leeds for Children and Young
People:

Leeds
Weekend Care Association

LS-TEN

Seacole
Scheme

Beanstalk
Nursery



Overall Contribution to Making Leeds a
Child Friendly City:

Health
for All

Skelton
Grange

AQL
(Adam Beaumont)

Central Yorkshire
Scouts

12 Feb 2020

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