Get your skates on for ‘Roller Disco’ in Leeds city centre this Easter
Bringing a 'Roller Disco' to Leeds is 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, are making Chelsey’s idea a reality for three days during this year's Easter school holidays.
The ‘pop-up’ rink will be in the event space at Leeds Kirkgate Market on 9, 10 and 11 April. There will be seven sessions each day including one especially for children and young people with additional needs, one for younger children between age 5 and 8, four family sessions and a teenager only session to finish off each day. Wheelchair users are welcome to go onto the rink in their wheelchairs. Tickets are priced at just £2 per person for each 40 minute session, which includes skate hire and protective head and wrist gear. Click on the event you would like to attend and follow the link to buy your tickets.
Children with additional needs
Children aged 5 – 8 years
Children and family session
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
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:
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. We hope that people planning to build in, host events in and develop the city centre will use this to help ensure that their contribution to Leeds City Centre is a child friendly one.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.