The 5th Child Friendly Leeds Awards

The awards make sure the people, organisations and places in Leeds that you think are making the biggest contribution to making Leeds the best city for children and young people ​are celebrated and recognised.


Child friendly Leeds awards


The awards ceremony will be held at Leeds City Varieties in February 2018. On the night, shortlisted nominees and their guests are invited to be part of an incredible evening designed and created by young people in Leeds. There will be performances from talented young people, lots of fun and laughter, and even celebrity appearances!


Make your nomination for the 5th Child Friendly Leeds awards!

We are very excited to announce the opening of nominations for the Child Friendly Leeds Awards 2018! This year marks the 5th Birthday of Child Friendly Leeds and the Awards on 1 February 2018 will be the culmination of a range of special events across the city to celebrate this.

The Awards have become a key date in the city’s calendar of events and symbolise the city’s continuing high prioritisation of children and young people, and the growing sense of pride and momentum around mak​ing Leeds the best city to grow up in.

Do you know a young person who inspires their peers, a great place in Leeds for children and young people, an adult who’s making a big difference to young people’s lives, a business or organisation who is changing the lives of young people or an arts organisation or practitioner who is inspiring the next generation? You know who they are – help recognise their efforts and dedication and tell us about what they are doing!

The closing date for nominations has been extended until Sunday 8th October.

You can make a nomination in any of our seven categories below. When doing so, please refer to the 12 Wishes page, as this details the criteria that all the nominations will be judged against.


Nominations categories

Child of the Year (under 11): individual or group
This award recognises an amazing child or group of children (under 11 years) who has/have made a difference in Leeds. For example, someone/group who works with their friends, family and community to help and inspire others and effect positive change.

Young Person of the Year (11 – 21): individual or group
This award recognises an amazing young person or group of young people (11 - 21 years) who has/have made a difference in Leeds. For example, someone/group who works with their friends, family and community to help and inspire others and effect positive change.

Adult Making a Difference for Young People (adult 21 years and above)
This award is for someone doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of children and young people in Leeds. For example, someone who cares for, inspires or supports young people, and who gives them a voice and influence in decisions that affect them.

Communities and Schools Working Together
This award recognises the invaluable support that pupils and schools receive from their local community. We’re looking for local organisations, educators or individuals from outside the school’s regular staff, who work with, or in schools to inspire, inform or support pupils. For example, a local business that teaches enterprise skills to your pupils or an intergenerational project that brings younger and older members of the community together.

Inspiring Creativity Through Arts and Culture
This award recognises the fantastic opportunities and invaluable support that children and young people receive from the arts and cultural community of Leeds. We want to hear about the arts and cultural organisations or individual artists/practitioners who engage, inspire and motivate children and young people, through activity delivered either in or out of school. This might include film, drama, dance, art and music opportunities delivered by companies, organisations, museums, galleries, libraries, community groups or individuals.

Best Place in Leeds for Children and Young People
This award recognises a fantastic place for children and young people in Leeds. For example somewhere that children and young people find welcoming, is inclusive to all, fun, safe, clean and inspiring.

Overall Contribution to Making Leeds a Child Friendly City
This award is given to a business/organisation making a significant contribution to our child friendly city ambitions. It could involve a business working directly with children and young people, including them in decision making, mentoring them, running activities or creating career opportunities e.g. offering a supported internship.

You can view 2017's Child Friendly Leeds Award winners or view past highlights from previous ceremonies for inspiration as to whom you might nominate.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​

Apply to perform at the 2018 awards ceremony

We are looking for exciting young acts that can showcase the best of the city’s talent to perform at the 5th annual Child Friendly Leeds Awards on Thursday 1st February 2018 at City Varieties. We’re looking for individuals or groups who have a talent for entertaining: it could be singing, playing an instrument, dancing, spoken word, drama, comedy or magic.

Performers should be aged 8 – 25 years old and must have parental consent if aged under 18
Performers must be available on Thursday 1st February (the day of the awards) from 4pm until the end of the awards at 9pm
Performers should have some experience of performing in front of a large audience
Performers will need to provide their own props, costumes, music and other resources necessary for their act

If you’re interested in applying, please complete the booking form (Word 2Mb) and return with photos and a short video clip of your act to before the deadline of 10am on Wednesday 27 September 2017.

Our young people's planning group will review all the acts and make the final decision as to whom will perform. All acts will be contacted by the end of October to let them know whether they have been successful or not.

If you’d like more information, please call 0113 378 3577 or email