Change4Life Be Food Smart Campaign is now live!

A new campaign from Change4Life highlights the surprising amount of sugar, saturated fat and salt found in everyday food and drink and encourages parents to ‘Be Food Smart’.

Our kids might seem fine on the outside but too much sugar and saturated fat can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can’t see.

Without realising it, we all eat too much sugar, saturated fat and salt and the Change4Life ‘Be Food Smart’ app brings food labels to life, enabling families to make healthier food and drink choices.

A free app is available to download, which works by scanning the barcode of products, revealing how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is inside and encourages users to make healthier choices. As well as providing tips and suggestions for adults, food detective activities for the kids and fun ‘mini-missions’ for the whole family.

We would love your help to support the ‘Be Food Smart’ Campaign by:

● Downloading the BeFoodSmart app from the app store or Google Play by searching for ‘Be Food Smart’ or ‘Change for Life’

● Sharing the message on social media. Follow Change4Life or use the hashtag #BeFoodSmart

● Encouraging your networks to visit the Change4Life Food Smart website

● Promoting through your newsletter, website or any other channels you have


Child Friendly Leeds recognised in the White Rose Shopping Centre Community Awards

The winners of the fifth annual White Rose Shopping Centre Community Awards, celebrating local Leeds heroes, were announced in a ceremony on Thursday 20 October.

Winners included:

Hannah Begum, the Leeds Children’s Mayor, who has worked to promote community cohesion during her year in office.

Auli Miles and Maxine Kelly of Child Friendly Leeds, who strive to put children and young people at the heart of the city

Morley Women’s Institute, whose Rhubarb and Custard Calendar has so far raised more than £8,000 for charity

Wild Thing ecologist Phil Bolton, who supports the White Rose team in understanding the biodiversity of the centre’s environment, identifying species such as kingfishers and safeguarding their future safety.

Each winner was presented with a glass trophy handmade by the Glassroom at Cockburn School, featuring a design created by Year 7 student, Nathan Rayner.




Steven Foster, General Manager of White Rose Shopping Centre, said: “Each year, our Awards brings so much joy to both the local community and our staff – there’s such a buzz around the event in the run-up, and we’re proud to honour these amazing members of society.

The Awards really highlight how wonderful and diverse our local area is. We’re delighted to pay tribute to these heroes of South Leeds, as well as reflecting such a unique part of the region under our roof – there’s something for everyone. We’ve been buoyed by the compassion and bravery that this year’s winners have displayed, and we know the rest of the community has, too.”


New event space at Kirkgate Market

In line with the new developments at Victoria Gate and John Lewis, Kirkgate Market has undergone a makeover and now has a new specialist market, gourmet food area and event space. The vision is to create a wonderful space where individuals, communities and ‘not for profit’ organisations can share their talent, products and services. Footfall is currently 140,000 per week.

Kirkgate Market is keen to work in partnership with child friendly Leeds to create a child and family friendly programme of events and activities through the week, at weekends and in the school holidays. The events and activities offered must be of a high calibre and should aim at attracting young people and families to the market.

The activities offered could be small scale sports; arts and craft; music: bands, ensembles, orchestras and choirs; theatre; cabaret; spoken word: poetry, story-telling etc.; dance; play and any other forms of entertainment you can think of. To perform here you will need Public Liability Insurance and a completed Risk assessment.

There are three spaces available for use:

● The Event Space – A 10 metre square arena with stepped seating . Please note any bands would need to bring own PA system

● Flexible Event Space 1 - 10 x 22 metres. This is a more suitable space for larger activities including exhibitions etc

● Flexible Event Space 2 – 3 x 30 metres

● All the above can be hire for Private Ticket Events after the Market is closed

It is a great opportunity for organisations to reach the massive audience that visits and passes through the market on a daily basis. If you are interested in using the space, please contact Stuart Miller by e-mail: or Tel. 0113 378 1950 to discuss this opportunity.