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Child Friendly City Centre – Summer 2018

Check out this short film showcasing some of the fantastic events that were held this summer in the heart of Leeds city centre as a result of the competition for children and young people in 2017 and the support of our Child Friendly Leeds partners and ambassadors.

Thank you to all involved including every child that entered the competition, our wonderful ambassadors, who share our vision and worked with us to put on child and family friendly events, and all the families that travelled into town with their children to enjoy what was on offer. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Every Sunday during the summer holidays is a Child Friendly Leeds Sunday

Congratulations to Rumani, whose winning idea for the Child Friendly Leeds city centre competition project, has become a reality this summer!

There's a handy six-week calendar of free events and special offers happening slap bang in Leeds City Centre every Sunday in the Summer Holidays on BreezeLeeds.

Huge thanks to all the Child Friendly Leeds ambassadors who are delivering the events.

We want to keep everyone updated about the progress being made to make the 10 winning ideas from last year’s the city centre competition a reality – please check out what’s been happening (PDF 0.8MB).

Find out ‘what’s on’ for children, young people and their families in Leeds city centre by looking at the handy events calendar on the Breeze website.

For information about Youth Service provision in Leeds city centre, please see the City Centre Youth Provision leaflet (PDF 0.1MB).

Child Friendly Leeds City Centre Map

We’ve been consulting with children and young people in Leeds to find out what they would like to see on a city centre map. They have helped to co-produce an amazing map with lots of useful features including:

Child friendly cafes
Changing places
Green spaces

Easter ‘Roller Disco’ been and gone

Bringing a 'Roller Disco' to Leeds was one of the winning ideas in the 'Making Leeds city centre more child friendly' competition, which was entered by more than 350 children and young people in 2017.

Chelsey, who was 17 years old when she entered the competition, wanted a low cost, annual roller disco for children and young people in the city centre. Her idea was that it would enable young people to get together, meet new people and make new friends as well as help them to learn how to skate or teach others to skate.

Child Friendly Leeds, Leeds city centre management and Kirkgate Market, with partners Sk8House, made Chelsey’s idea a reality for three days over the Easter holidays. View footage of the event.

Developing a child friendly city centre

Leeds City Council and Child Friendly Leeds are working in partnership with businesses and organisations across the city with the goal of creating a fantastic, child friendly city centre for children, young people and their families to enjoy.

In March 2017, children and young people aged 4 - 18 (25 with additional needs) were invited to enter the ‘child friendly city centre competition’ and share their low cost and no cost ideas for making Leeds city centre more inclusive and appealing for children, young people and families. We also created a questionnaire for parents and carers to complete, which asked for their opinions and ideas on what is currently working well from their perspective and how it could be improved.

The competition had five categories, which were linked to the 12 Child Friendly Leeds wishes and the Children and Young People’s Plan:

Built environment
Events and activities

The response to the competition was amazing. We received over 350 entries with each one putting forward interesting, thought provoking and valuable ideas. The key themes highlighted through the parent’s questionnaire responses were very similar to those developed in the children’s competition entries.

This booklet captures the exciting, creative and challenging ideas and feedback from the competition and questionnaire. Following the competition and consultations in 2017, we worked with colleagues, partners and many of the young winners to deliver over 20 projects in the city centre. Attached is the report of how we have been developing a child friendly city centre in Leeds – one year on.

Making Leeds City Centre More Child Friendly

Over the last few months, Child Friendly Leeds has been asking children and young people from 4 – 18 years (25 with additional needs) to share their great ideas for making Leeds city centre more child and family friendly, via a city wide arts and design competition. We asked entrants to tell us about their low cost or free ideas that would help make the city centre more welcoming for children and young people around five themes: safety, transport, people, activities/events and physical environment.

The response from young people was overwhelming and we received some incredible ideas that will form a valuable resource that we can share with interested people in Leeds. Our judging panel, consisting of adults and Leeds Youth Council members, chose ten winning entries from the 354 that we received.

All ten winners have been invited to attend our Child Friendly Leeds City Centre Business Ambassador event on 3 July. The young people will take part in a workshop, share their competition ideas with businesses and organisations from across Leeds and enjoy afternoon tea in the Queens Hotel. All of the entries will be on display at the event and we hope to display them publically in the near future.

Whilst there is currently an impressive offer for adults, we want to improve and make the city centre more inclusive for children, young people and families. Feedback from this event will then be used to develop high impact projects for the city centre which will hopefully make some of the ideas a reality.

Download and view the winning entries that were selected by our panel of adults and young people below:

Winning entry 1 (Ella)

Winning entry 2 (Chelsy)

Winning entry 3 (Games Group)

Winning entry 4 (Godwin, Cameron, Joe, Samuel and Simon)

Winning entry 5 (Jasmin)

Winning entry 6 (Leo)

Winning entry 7 (Opemipo)

Winning entry 8 (Rumani)

Winning entry 9 (Will)

Winning entry 10 (Abbie)


​​Leeds City Centre: Parent and Carer Ideas and Feedback

​​Leeds wants to be the best city for children and young people to grow up in and we want to know what YOU would like to see in the city centre to help make this a reality!

We would like to give parents and carers of children in Leeds, the opportunity to tell us what you and your children like about the city centre and what you think would make it a better place for children and families to enjoy. We are going to share your feedback and ideas with our child friendly Leeds ambassadors and key partners in the city centre at an event in July. Your ideas and suggestions will be presented and discussed alongside those from children and young people and we look forward to sharing with you on the child friendly Leeds website the actions that are agreed.

This questionnaire is open to all parents and carers of children under 18 (under 25 with additional needs). You can print out the questionnaire and post it to: PO Box 837, Child friendly Leeds, Children and Families, Leeds, LS1 9PZ or send via email to by Friday 9th June 2017.

To say thanks to you for sharing your feedback, we will be entering participants into a prize draw where you’ll have the chance to win 2 tickets to Tropical World and a £25 voucher to spend at Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre.