Category: Holidays

Nominated in the Child Friendly Leeds Awards & Inspirational Woman Community Awards – My ‘Girlguiding’ Experience

Hello my name is Sophie.  I am 13 years old and a member of 1st CrossGates and Manston Guides but I am also a pack leader with 1st CrossGates Brownies and 3rd CrossGates Rainbows and a Peer Leader with the CrossGates Junior Wardens. Last year I was shortlisted in the Child Friendly Leeds Awards and…
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New Year Resolutions? A child-friendly start to 2017…

Happy New Year readers… Yes it’s that time of year again when we all reflect and decide on our new year resolutions or you may hear some saying “New year, new me.” Well our advice is to ‘keep being you, being great!’ 2016 was a great year for child friendly Leeds with more partners sharing…
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Pete and the Preservative Party

by Pete Lyons with Peter Archer I’m Pete and I joined the Preservative Party in 2014 because I like museums, particularly some of the exhibitions in the Leeds City Museum, such as ‘The Leeds Story’. Another reason I joined was because I never really liked history in school so this was a fun and practical…
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The Christmas Dinner – Leeds 2016

A group of volunteers from across Leeds are working together to provide a fantastic, free Christmas Day dinner for care leavers in the city. Many young people who are care leavers, spend Christmas Day by themselves away from family. Often they have no definite place to spend Christmas Day, where they know they will be…
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A big, delicious, Post -Halloween-y hello from Stir Krazy Kids

This Is a busy time of year for us, having just delivered our October Half Term workshops, and now gearing up for all the festive foodie fancies that Christmas brings! But perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves. After all, it’s common courtesy to introduce yourself first. So, for those who haven’t heard of us, we’re Stir…
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Spooky Six Family-Friendly Halloween Events in Leeds

With just a few weeks to go until Halloween, I thought it would be useful to share a few of my favourite family friendly Halloween activities taking place in Leeds this year. The Scarecrow Trail at Kirkstall Abbey The Scarecrow Trail at Kirkstall Abbey is free and takes children on a fun trail around picturesque…
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Leeds welcomes a new pop-up park and a child friendly ‘playscape’ in the city centre!

Working with the child friendly Leeds team, a great new playscape was installed this summer in St John’s Churchyard, New Briggate. Situated just outside the Age UK Café, The Arch, sits an interactive garden scene comprised of climbable sculptures and family picnic benches. In our aim to make Leeds City Centre more family friendly and to…
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Becoming a Volunteer Officer at TCV Skelton Grange

The Skelton Grange Environmental Centre and Conservation Volunteer project is one of our child friendly Leeds ambassadors and have provided regular updates on what has been going on for their volunteers through some amazing blogposts. As we haven’t heard from them in a while, we asked Rosie Snowden, a young person who is currently volunteering at the centre,…
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How Manic Science is making STEM fun this summer

Getting children interested in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – can be a difficult task, with children often avoiding them because they feel the subjects are too boring or difficult. Manic Science aims to challenge this by making STEM subjects fun! In today’s blogpost we hear from Yasmin Shaheen, the founder of…
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Talking to a Leeds librarian about what’s on this half-term

Libraries aren’t just great places to read your favourite books, they’re also community spaces that host an array of child friendly activities. With autumn half-term coming up, we decided to find out more about what’s going on at Leeds libraries. Today we talk to Owen Clements, the Children’s Information Librarian at Leeds Central Library, about…
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Leeds libraries’ Mythical Maze summer reading challenge

Keeping children engaged in learning can be difficult, especially over the summer holidays. The Mythical Maze  summer reading challenge is a fun way to improve your child’s literacy whilst getting them involved in some fantastic activities and stories! Mythical Maze is a national campaign organised by the Reading Agency, with the involvement of the Leeds…
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Being a child friendly Leeds ambassador – Part 2: Introducing @LeedsTed

As a child friendly Leeds Ambassador you can wonder ‘what can I do? How can I make that difference?’. It can seem especially challenging when you look at the amazing work already done to improve lives for children across Leeds. The difference a teacher makes to a student’s future opportunities. The care worker that safeguards…
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