We are so excited to be bringing back the Child Friendly Leeds Awards next year. It is a fantastic celebration of the talent and achievements of the city’s children and young people, as well as highlighting the good practice of Leeds’s people, places and organisations who enrich the lives of children and young people of the city.
As usual, the awards ceremony will be planned by a committee of young people who organise everything from the theme and entertainment to the lighting and sound. This year, we are looking for 10 children aged 11-18 to form the planning committee. If you’d like part of the amazing team that makes this happen, please complete this online form before Friday October 20th, 2023. Any questions about the planning team and awards can be sent to Stephen Brennan via Learning@LeedsHeritageTheatres.com.
This year, there are seven awards categories, including a few that you may recognise from previous ceremonies:
Child or Young Person of the year
Youth group of the year
Adult making a difference for children and young people
Leeds 2023 Award for creativity through Arts and Culture
Exceptional Contribution to the Child Friendly Leeds 12 wishes #CFLwishes
Best Place for Children and Young People
Overall contribution to make Leeds a Child Friendly City
You will remember some of our previous winners from 2022, including Zarach, LS18 Rocks and Leeds Baby Bank. You can read about the 2022 Awards Ceremony on the Child Friendly Leeds website for inspiration by clicking here.
Two awards specific to the 2024 awards that we are really excited about for this ceremony are: ‘Leeds 2023 Award: Arts and Culture’ and ‘Exceptional Contribution to the 12 Wishes’
The ‘Leeds 2023 Award: Arts and Culture’
The Leeds 2023 Award is a space for nominations that link to the year of culture in Leeds. There have been so many amazing events this year such as ‘Nest’ and the ‘Youth Summit’. We want to hear from someone who perhaps attended one of these events with children or young people. Or a child or young person themselves who found that these events made a difference to them.
The ‘Exceptional Contribution to the 12 Wishes’
The ‘Exceptional Contribution to the 12 wishes’ award seeks nominations that link to one or more of the 12 wishes. The wishes represent the voices of 80,000 children and young people from across Leeds. These should be our top priorities in being a child friendly city to ensure children grow up in an environment that allows them to flourish.
If you want to know more about the 12 wishes, Child Friendly Leeds are currently raising awareness of each wish by focussing on 1 wish for a whole month. In October, we are focussing on wish 1: Children and Young People know where and how to get support for their mental health and wellbeing if they need it.
Check out our new webpage on the blog which is all about Wish 1 – Wish 1 blog update. Also look out for social media posts using the #CFLwishes hashtag.