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


​​Child Friendly Leeds awards 2017!

The winners of the 2017 annual Child Friendly Leeds awards were announced during the ceremony at Leeds City Varieties on Thursday 2 February.

The people, places and organisations who help to make Leeds a child friendly city have been honoured.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, executive member responsible for children and families said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners, those shortlisted and all the nominees - they are shining examples of what it really means to be child friendly.

There are so many people across the city who have really taken on board what we are trying to achieve and these awards are a great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate their great work and achievements.”

Read more from the YEP press release.

Organised by a group of 10 young people, the awards were sponsored by British Gas and Trinity Leeds and supported by Marks & Spencer and First Direct Arena.

A full gallery of images from the awards is available via the below link:

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  • Child of the Year winner Under 11s: Ishaq Hashmi

  • Child of the Year winner, 11 to 18: Daniel Morton

  • Best Place in Leeds for Children and Young People winner: The Belle Isle Family Centre (Health For All)

  • Organisation Inspiring Schools: IntoUniversity

  • Adult Inspiring Children and Young People: Carol & Stephen Davis

  • Overall Contribution to Child Friendly Leeds: Keepmoat & Construction Housing Yorkshire


​The winners of the 2017 Child Friendly Leeds Awards are:

Child of the Year, Under 11: Ishaq Hashmi

Ishaq struggled to speak as a young child due to difficulties understanding dual languages. He worked with a speech therapist, slowly gained confidence and is now the first to offer his help to other children at after school classes, supplementary school & the football academy.

Child of the Year, 11 – 18: Daniel Morton

Daniel was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014. Despite facing numerous operations and treatment, Daniel has raised an impressive £5000 for cancer charities.

Best Place in Leeds for Children and Young People:  The Belle Isle Family Centre (Health For All)

The Belle Isle Family Centre provides a safe and friendly place for children and their families to meet new people and try fun and new activities.

Organisation Inspiring Schools:  IntoUniversity

IntoUniversity are passionate about supporting children and young people to see and reach their potential, whether that be a university place or another goal.

Adult Inspiring Children and Young People: Carol & Stephen Davis

Carol and Stephen volunteer each week at Lofthouse Children’s Centre, running well-loved groups for local families.

Overall Contribution to Child Friendly Leeds: Keepmoat & Construction Housing Yorkshire (CHY)

In partnership with Leeds City Council, Keepmoat & CYH have supported 52 young people through their apprenticeships and provided them with additional opportunities to increase their confidence.

The child friendly Leeds awards 2017 shortlist

The nominations for our child friendly Leeds awards 2017 have now closed and the winners have been announced. The names of the children, young people, adults, places, organisations and businesses who were shortlisted are below.

Child of the year

This award celebrates a child or young person who has done or achieved something exceptional. It could be someone who makes a big contribution to their local community or a young person who is caring for a friend or loved one who needs extra support.

(Under 11 years)
The children shortlisted were:

Isabella Allison-Corah
Ishaq Hashmi
Jayden Marshall
Keyan Rhodes-Daniels

(11 to 18 years)
The children shortlisted were:

Chelsy Harris
Daniel Morton
Megan Smithson-Booth
UK Youth Parliament

Organisations inspiring schools

This award recognises the invaluable support that pupils and schools receive from within their local community. This could be local organisations, educators or individuals from outside the school’s regular staff, who work with, or in a school to inspire, inform, entertain, or support pupils. Examples could include a local business that teaches enterprise skills to pupils; a community group project that enables volunteers to support the curriculum or an intergenerational project linking pupils with older people in the community.

The organisations shortlisted were:

Mini Mermaid Running Club UK
Northern Ballet’s START project
Space2 and Shantona Women’s Centre

Adult inspiring children and young people

This award recognises the people who care for, support and inspire Leeds children and young people every day. For example nominees could include: a kinship or foster carer who has transformed a child’s life; a teaching assistant who inspires the imagination of their pupils; or an adult who runs a community group for young people. The award will celebrate what adults do every day to help make Leeds the best place for children and young people to grow up in.

The adults shortlisted were:

Nathan Atkinson (Fuel for School)
Carol and Stephen Davis (Lofthouse Children’s Centre)
Nola Ellen (Hearts and Hopes)
Libby Tinworth (Health for All)

Best place for children and young people

This is the award for the places and spaces where children and young people love spending their time. It could be a shop, venue, group, school, youth club or a local café that always puts children and families first.

The places shortlisted were:

Angel of Youths
CATCH’s 'ARK', Harehills
The Belle Isle Family Centre – Health for All
The Rainbow Factory, Farsley
The Tetley, Hunslet Road

Overall contribution to child friendly Leeds

This is the award for the business, organisation, team or individual that has shown true commitment and made a meaningful contribution to making Leeds the best UK city to grow up in. It could be a business with an exemplary apprenticeship programme, a school that has made a major contribution to improving the local community or a sports club that welcomes and celebrates children and young people. We want to hear about the numerous initiatives across Leeds that give children and young people opportunities, inspiration and optimism for the future.

The businesses and organisations shortlisted were:

Leeds Independent Visitor’s Scheme
Leeds United Football Club (Foundation & Conferencing and Event Team)
Keepmoat and Construction Housing Yorkshire
Student Leeds Safeguarding Children Board
The White Rose Centre Management Team
Town Centre Securities PLC
Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre (Rosie Anderson and Wendy Denman)
Victoria Leeds


Past Awards

If you would like a taster of what to expect on the night, here are some highlight clips from previous child friendly Leeds awards ceremonies.​


​Highlights from the 2014 child friendly Leeds awards

​Highlights from the 2015 child friendly Leeds awards

The 2016 child friendly Leeds awards

The 2017 Child Friendly Leeds Awards