Make A Difference Challenge shortlisted for the Communities and Schools Working Together Award.

The Make a Difference challenge has been shortlisted for the Communities and Schools Working Together award at the 5th Child Friendly Leeds Awards.

It’s rare that those of us working in the charity sector get an opportunity to dress up for, but when we do, another one comes along hot on its heels. Following the Children and Young People Now Awards held in London in November, where our Make a Difference Challenge social action programme was shortlisted for the “Youth Volunteering and Social Action Award”, we are now travelling to Leeds for another prestigious occasion.

This time we are getting our glad-rags on to celebrate the 5th Child Friendly Leeds Awards, where the Make a Difference Challenge has been shortlisted for the “Communities and Schools Working Together” award. See

This year marks the 5th birthday of Child Friendly Leeds and the Child Friendly Leeds Awards at Leeds City Varieties in February 2018 will be the culmination of a range of special events across the city to celebrate this. The Awards have become a key date in the city’s calendar of events and symbolise the city’s continuing high prioritisation of children and young people, and the growing sense of pride and momentum around making Leeds the best city to grow up in.

Our Make a Difference Challenge programme enables primary-aged pupils to have their voices heard about the social and environmental issues they care about. The programme takes place in schools where teachers facilitate activities, led by the pupils, which ‘make a difference’ to the issues and causes that are of greatest concern to children.

We have been running the project in Leeds for the last 7 years so are thrilled to have been recognised for the work we’ve been doing to help the city’s youngest citizens express their opinions about Leeds, and influence decisions made about their city, to make Leeds even more child friendly.

To register your interest to get involved next year, click here.

Views expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Citizenship Foundation.

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