Child Friendly Leeds Fund

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The Child Friendly Leeds Fund was launched by Leeds City Council, in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation, in July 2017.

The Fund is a way for local businesses and individuals to contribute and make a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in the city. Funds raised will support learning and ‘enrichment’ opportunities for those young people who may not otherwise have access to them, including:

  • children looked after by the local authority;
  • young people leaving local authority care;
  • children and young people with special educational needs (up to age 25);
  • children on the edge of care;
  • new arrivals (migrant children); and
  • children living in poverty

The positive opportunities provided will increase young people’s social skills, support their learning and ultimately help to build their confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

If you would like to arrange a fundraising event in support of the Fund – thank you! We really appreciate your support. Please email the Child Friendly Leeds team at childfriendlyleeds@leeds.gov.uk to discuss and for more information.

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Child Friendly Leeds Bikeathon

Earlier this year, staff teams from organisations in Leeds got on their bikes to support the Child Friendly Leeds Fund.

Sponsored by Pure Gym and supported by Leeds Kirkgate Market and Team Activ, the Child Friendly Leeds Fund Bikeathon saw teams from businesses and Child Friendly Leeds join together to raise over £1000 for vulnerable children in the city.



Yorkshire Housing Bikathon

The aim of the Child Friendly Leeds Fund is to support the provision of positive learning and enrichment opportunities, such as specialist residential activity camps and sports or arts based projects, for children and young people in the city who would simply not be able to access them otherwise. The young people that the Fund has been set up to support are children in care, those that are leaving care, migrant children, children on the edge of care, children with additional needs and those living in poverty. The opportunities and projects that a grant from the Child Friendly Leeds Fund will support will help those children and young people to acquire new skills, grow in confidence and make friends.

HCP Social Infrastructure, Yorkshire Housing and Pinnacle all took part in the Bikeathon as well as two teams from Child Friendly Leeds.



Pinnacle Team Bikathon

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families said:

We are lucky to have so many partners across the city that support our ambition to make Leeds a Child Friendly city. Our network of Child Friendly Leeds ambassadors is committed to working with us to make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people, including those who are vulnerable because of their own particular set of circumstances.

The Child Friendly Leeds Fund is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to help ‘level the playing field’ for young people and monies raised will be used to help improve the life chances of some of the city’s most vulnerable children.

I want to thank all the teams that took part in the Bikeathon and also Pure Gym for sponsoring the event, Kirkgate Market for hosting it and Team Activ for their support.


Child Friendly Leeds Team Bikathon

Josh Messarra from Pure Gym Leeds City Centre North said:

Here at PureGym we are always more than happy to support charity events, especially those which promote active and healthy lifestyles to children in our local community. Many children face disadvantage in their early lives due to circumstances out of their control, so it is great that the Child Friendly Leeds Fund is there to support them to acquire skills to help them in adulthood.

Notes to editor

The Child Friendly Leeds Fund is managed by local charity Leeds Community Foundation. Donations to the Fund will be used to help young people across the city, including:

  • looked after children
  • young people leaving local authority care
  • children and young people with special educational needs (up to age 25)
  • children on the edge of care
  • new arrivals (migrant children); and
  • children living in poverty

Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/childfriendlyleeds/ for more details on this initiative and how you can get involved.