Recycle Week 2020 in Leeds

Happy Recycle Week! Here’s some fun things you can do to celebrate.

Enter our Recycle Week competition

Enter our recycle week competition on Facebook or Twitter to be in with a chance of winning recycling board games and story books.

Play a round of recycling bingo

Turn recycling into a fun competition with our recycling bingo cards.

– Print off a card for each person

– Every time you recycle one of the items tick it off

– At the end of the week whoever has the most ticks wins!

Download the full set here

Investigate recycling with Buster and Pong!

Buster and Pong from Recycle Now have made some great videos to teach kids about recycling. Here’s our favourite videos!

Recycling Carton
Recycling Metal
Recycling Plastic

Guidance, activities and creative ideas for families during COVID-19

We hope you are all keeping well at this unprecedented time, and are coping with the changes to normal life as a result of COVID-19. We continue to be amazed by our city-wide partnership, built around our ambition to be a child friendly city!

We are using Child Friendly Leeds social media channels to share details of online learning resources and fun and engaging activities for children and young people to help keep them busy indoors, so if you have anything to share then please let us know so we can support this.

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Let’s give a BIG Child Friendly Leeds thumbs up to all the children and young people in Leeds, and our whole school communities, as they approach the end of what’s been a very different and difficult summer term.  Thanks for everything you’ve been doing to help keep people safe.

If you have children at home, download our Child Friendly Leeds certificate to pass on our appreciation and thanks.

We’ve also written this ultimate guide including the following:

  • Fun & creative ways for families during self-isolation
  • Competitions to enter for young people during COVID-19
  • Educational & useful resources during lockdown
  • Guidance, advice and support for children and families

At home with the Kids?

While you have some extra time, why not enter some exciting competitions? Lot’s of prizes to be won so check out our ‘competitions during Coronavirus’ blog.

Lots of content to help you through these uncertain times and school closures. From garden activities to home learning resources, a perfect starting point for things to do.

Tips, creative activities & events during Covid-19

Working with Leeds Inspired, we have created a page with events in Leeds and are encouraging our ambassadors and partners to register events here.

A list by Leeds City Council working with NHS and Leeds List to pick out the top 21 ways to keep the kids entertained while the schools are closed.

For Lockdown, Families Magazine have created a June digital issue, which is full of the best resources for families – for home schooling, staying safe and well.

From sharing tips about parenting, hosting live Facebook chats with special guests from healthcare and hosting online quizzes. Check out all of their content & exciting news!

Mummy Buddy have moved to the online world on Facebook & Instagram with daily online meet-ups, groups, activities, baby classes, ‘boredom busters’, book clubs and more!

Active Imaginations have shared monthly activities and lots of ideas. Designed to help the little ones get their recommended daily physical activity to help them grow healthily.

We know young people in Leeds are especially passionate about climate change. That’s why to mark Earth Day 2020, we’ve created a toolkit of at-home activities, books and videos especially for young people to keep you busy and help you learn more about global climate change and sustainability.

Child Friendly Leeds Video Message for Children, Young People & Families

Educational Resource Guide

Here at Leeds for Learning, our teams been collating a range of fantastic resources which cover home learning and support for Early Years, Primary and Secondary curriculum areas.

Leeds Libraries & School Library Service have put together lots of resources to support with school and home learning. From online events to free eBooks, eAudio books and eComics.

From online resources for all ages such as BBC bitesize to STEM, there are lots to choose from the government’s initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

Lots of free reading resources including audio books by Leeds Year of Reading. Whether you’re looking for something for the under 5’s or school-aged children, there is something for everyone.

Healthy Schools in Leeds have published PSHE & SEMH resources for schools, as well as a resource to pass on to parents/carers including information about online safety and wellbeing.

My Bright Kite have released twelve brand new personal testimonial films made by children and young people in migration who attend Lawnswood School, Leeds.

The films include themes such as reasons for leaving home, migration journeys, first impressions of the UK, settling into school, challenges and ways to stay strong, bullying, feeling welcome and supported, key messages for students and teachers, future hopes and aspirations.

Active Leeds has designed a resource pack to encourage children, young people and families to be more physically active whilst promoting mental health and wellbeing. Under 8’s toolkit is called Ready Set Rainbow and The over 8’s Active Leeds toolkit is called Get Active Stay Active.

Sign up to the Leeds City Council weekly Coronavirus newsletter.

Entries to the #OurChildFriendlyLeeds Competition April 2020

The guidance & support in Leeds during the Coronavirus epidemic

During COVID-19, a page with all the factual information and guidance is available on financial support, food, childcare as well as how you can become a volunteer. 

The NHS in Leeds have provided latest health information about Coronavirus, messages around looking after yourself, changes to local appointments and local support. Health services are still available and that people should continue to call 999 for medical emergencies and should call their GP about existing conditions, if they feel unwell, or if they notice new symptoms.

If you’re a young person, MindMate can help you understand the way you’re feeling and find the right advice and support. Find out how to look after your wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus, so here is a children’s guide to Coronavirus to help explain the situation.The guide aims to answer children’s questions, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

The 100% Digital Leeds team are using digital tools and technology to prevent the most vulnerable in society from falling off the radar of the organisations that support them. They have also launched a new fund to support third sector organisations in Leeds.

The LSCP recognise that the COVID-19 is putting increasing pressure on all services providing support to children, young people and families and are here to support.

Whether you’re working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children with anxiety due to Coronavirus, we’ve got tips and advice for you.

Kooth is offering clinically-approved online support for young people who are struggling with their mental health. For information and advice, or to chat to a friendly counsellor. 

Volunteering Opportunities in Leeds

If your change in circumstances means that you are looking for volunteer opportunities, check out Doing Good Leeds which includes things like becoming a community care volunteer in Leeds.

Leeds Baby Bank are looking for volunteers, including somebody to update their website. Click here to fill in an online application form.

A new project ‘Mini Playbox’, which was launched to provide fun and
creativity into the homes of children during lockdown, is looking for volunteers to help source, pack and deliver boxes. They are also looking for ideas and creative materials which could go in the boxes. Click here to find out more.

If you would like to advertise a volunteering opportunity here, please email

Help if you cannot go out


If you are self-isolating and you do not have friends or family nearby who can help, phone 0113 378 1877.

Our volunteers can help you with shopping, transport to medical appointments, or a phone call to check how you are.

If you have resources, news stories, or want to share your updates, please get in touch via the ‘contact‘ page.

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Stay Active & Have Fun with these new resources by Active Leeds

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the most vulnerable, the Government has put in place the biggest public health measures during peacetime. As a result, Active Leeds has designed a resource pack to encourage children, young people and families (especially vulnerable families) living in the 1% deprived neighbourhoods to be more physically active whilst promoting mental health and wellbeing. These toolkits provide opportunities for children, young people and families to take part in fun and enjoyable activities indoors and outdoors whilst reducing their sedentary behaviour.

Active Leeds toolkits:

  • Under 8’s toolkit is called Ready Set Rainbow this resource has the capacity to engage with young children due to the creation of 3 colourful and vibrant characters called – Ray the sunshine, Hydro the water droplet and Cirrus the cloud. The children complete one of each type of activity and create a rainbow, which can then be recorded on their wall chart. There are also some short films of activities cards on the Active Leeds You Tube channel.
  • The over 8’s Active Leeds toolkit is called Get Active Stay Active is resource has a slightly more mature design to the activity cards to engage with an older audience. These activity cards provide young people with the opportunity to take part in casual activities indoors and outdoors. We have anticipated that there will be some C&YP who don’t want to take part in physical activity therefore we have created some activity cards to stimulate an active mind such as – colouring, crosswords, word searches and stop the difference cards.

Families, who were previously reliant on the support that school and extra-curricular sessions provide, are now left to fend for themselves to think about how they can engage their children in physical activity. A vacuum has opened up which will have a disproportionate impact on the vulnerable and those living in unstable households. The crisis has in itself created the need for an offer to families to help them engage their children in exercise as well as positive activities and challenges that stimulate and engage the body and minds of young people.

To get involved in activities you will requires little or no equipment at all. If you haven’t got any of the equipment available you can use alternative equipment in your house – for example you may need a ball (if you haven’t got a ball use a pair of socks, pillows, blankets, cushions and music).

There will be hard copies available for vulnerable families who don’t have access to the internet.

Celebrating Earth Day 2020 from home- a climate change toolkit for young people

Although we can’t venture into the outdoors to celebrate Earth Day 2020, we can still appreciate and learn more about the world around us while staying at home.

We know young people in Leeds are especially passionate about climate change as you have shown us through both the Leeds Youth Council and Leeds Youth Summit earlier this year.

That’s why to mark Earth Day 2020, we’ve created a toolkit of at-home activities, books and videos especially for young people to keep you busy and help you learn more about global climate change and sustainability.

We hope these get you thinking about how we can all #LeedsByExample to tackle the climate emergency even during these difficult times.


  • Charlie and Lola- Look after your planet (nursery/reception)
  • Peppa Pig – Recycling Fun! (reception)
  • Click Clack Moo – cows that type (KS1)
  • Earth Heroes: Twenty Inspiring Stories of People Saving Our World by Lily Dyu (KS2)
  • No one is too small to make a difference by Greta Thunberg (KS3/4)


  • Learn about the causes, impacts and management strategies for global climate change on BBC Bitesize, then test your knowledge with their climate change quiz.
  • Find out more about urban wildlife through the Natural History Museum’s online resources. Activities include urban tree identification, making a bird feeder and recording wildlife observations- all of which you can do from home.
  • The Priestley International Centre for Climate hosted an “Ask a Climate Researcher” for young people in Leeds. You can read the Q&A online and send in your own questions to be answered by a local researcher.
  • WWF have a jam-packed website full of information and resources on climate change and biodiversity.
  • WWF’s Carbon Footprint Calculator is a free online tool that calculates your household’s carbon footprint. Fill out the survey with the help of your family to find out how you can reduce your impact on the planet and live more sustainably.
  • Use NASA’s Climate Time Machine to see how key climate indicators will change over time. Explore some of their other interactive tools to see how our planet is changing.

Explore Our Blue Planet, a digital project that is getting people talking about all things ocean.

Watch list:

  • An Inconvenient Truth (secondary, U)
  • Blue Planet and Planet Earth series (primary/secondary, U-PG)
  • TED talks on climate change (secondary)
  • Deadly 60 with Steve Backshall (primary)
  • Chasing Coral (secondary, PG)
  • The True Cost (secondary, 12)

Baby Week Leeds 2019 – Back 2 – 9 November with over 100 events!

Baby Week is back for its fourth time this November with the theme ‘Making connections: Bonding, healthy brains and wellbeing for all’ and we have a fantastic calendar of events ready for you! Baby Week is now a national charity and in Leeds it aims to bring sectors and services together to promote the Best Start in life.

White Rose Build-a-bear celebration

Baby Week Leeds 2019 will feature many events throughout the city all kicking off with their grand opening event at Crowne Plaza Hotel Leeds who have supported the initiative from the very start. The opening open to all will have many information and fun stalls, workshops including mindfulness and yoga and key speeches around speech and language development, best start initiative in Leeds, 50 things to do before you’re 5 app and the exciting launch of ‘Facemums’ in Leeds. Facemums brings together pregnant and newly delivered women via a secret Facebook site for support and information sharing during pregnancy and the early days of motherhood.


Join Leeds Libraries across the city for some exciting child friendly sessions for Baby Week 2019. From Baby Week Storytime and Multi-Sensory Social to Creative Play with Duplo and much more. Find out more via: As it’s the ‘Year of Reading’ in Leeds, we will be giving free books to all babies and promoting the importance and benefits of reading to children. In the book posted a fantastic article on the importance of reading to children, and shared the info graphic describing the benefits which can be found here.

There will also be workshops on benefits of reading and music on mental health, post-natal depression, best start, fertility and nutrition, infant mental health, perinatal mental health, neonatal unit, best beginnings and the baby buddy app, fathers and postnatal depression, midwives and much more. Leeds Children’s Centre have over 50 events on during the week so go and enjoy messy and sensory play, singing and story time sessions, benefits of baby massage and bonding with your little one and many more fun activities throughout the week – all available on the website.

Opera North Family singing

There will also be opportunities to enhance services and have your say by meeting professionals and experts at Leeds Kirkgate Market on Friday 8th November with many fun events including pamper station by Lush giving free hand and arm massages!

Throughout the city we have so many partners involved from Leeds Dad’s breakfast club, Rainbow Factory hosting a bonfire night special messy play, Mumbler’s meet up with The Little Gym hosting an exciting free taster session, arts and crafts with Leeds City Musuem and The Tetley, introduction to swimming for babies, coffee mornings at John Lewis, fun meet-up’s with Mummy Buddy, Baby Rave’s and child friendly sessions with BoomChikkaBoom and much more! It’s great to see so many partners involved this year so please visit the website to see the full schedule of events and to book your place at the free opening event, conference or city-wide events:


Baby Week Leeds launched in September 2016, is an early year’s initiative helping to bring and celebrate services from across the sector together and is an adaptation of Semana do Bebe (UNICEF 2010). It’s aim is raising awareness of the baby’s important growth and development mentally and physically in order to give the best start. Since May 2018, Baby Week Leeds is a registered charity, which is made up of different representatives from professions across the city including academic, midwifery, public health, children’s centres and local government. Find out more about our aims here.

Biggest children’s festival in Yorkshire – Join us at Child Friendly Leeds Live 2019

Join us for the biggest children’s festival in Yorkshire featuring Popular children’s TV presenters and performers on National Play Day 7th August.

Tickets are now on sale for Child Friendly Leeds Live 2019, which will be headlined by CBeebies’ Mr. Bloom and His Band and former presenter Alex Winters returning as host.

What’s happening?

Performances at Millennium Square from Mr Bloom and His Band, a Greatest Showman circus feature, Family Rave Mayhem with Boomchikkaboom, plus fun, games and audience participation throughout from compere Alex Winters and Heart FM.

On the day, children and families can enjoy what’s on the square including face painting, Oxygen Freejumping, product making with LUSH, arts and crafts, slime making, sport, t-shirt designing, toasting marshmallows, sensory play and much more! There will many other activities taking place in Leeds on Wednesday 7 August including the Jurassic Trail so book your tickets now on:

Former CBeebies presenter and host of CFL Live, Alex Winters said: “I am really excited to be returning to CFL Live for its second year. I can’t wait to sing, dance, play games and introduce the audience to the amazing Mr. Bloom & His Band – we are going to have a fantastic time. Get ready Leeds, we’re bringing the fun.”

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When is it and who’s it for?

CFL Live is made up of two events on Wednesday August 7 and is for children aged 12 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The first session will run from 10am to 12.30pm, and the second will run from 2pm until 4.30pm.

What did people say last year?

“It was fantastic. All 3 generations enjoyed it. We came this am and the talent for breeze got talent was truly amazing – you can’t help cancellations, I think it still went well & especially for the 1st time you’ve ever done it. Again we had 3 generations and I think my mum & myself enjoyed it as much as my daughter”.
“I just wanted to say a massive Thankyou S again, for taking the time out for us. My daughter has grown up watching Andy, and has a very keen interest in Dinosaurs and fossils etc, so this meet with Andy has just fuelled her interest even more But that aside, it was a fab event and we enjoyed making the bath bombs with Lush. We didn’t do the balloons/face painting because we were by the stage for the most part! You could tell a lot of hard work had gone into the day. You should definitely feel proud. I will be glued to your FB page/website for all future events”.
“Fantastic afternoon! Well done everyone involved. We will be back next year!”

How much?

Tickets cost £5 per person per session, and can be purchased online at or from the City Centre Box Office based at Leeds Town Hall (0113 376 0318).

Babies aged 12 months and under go free

Join in the Facebook conversation and find out news and updates via:



Welcome to Move and Learn!

When a member of Active Schools Leeds suggested we become ambassadors for Child Friendly Leeds, we jumped at the chance! Child Friendly Leeds’ aim, ‘We’re working to bring everyone together to make Leeds a child friendly city’ has to be applauded.

Their resolve to ‘put children and young people at the heart of a strong economy, in a compassionate city’ fits in with our own ethos.

As teachers and school leaders, we know only too well that our schools are incredibly busy places with relentless pressures to increase standards. In amongst all of this, the health and wellbeing of UK primary school children is on the decline.IMG_9825

  • Physical activity levels amongst UK primary-aged children are falling from as early as 7-years of age.
  • Only 10% of children achieve the daily recommendations for physical activity.
  • Increasing numbers of children in the UK are leaving school classified as obese or overweight.

Traditional approaches towards improving health outcomes for children focus heavily upon Sport & PE during segmented periods of the school day. But does this engage all children in becoming more active? Or does it merely maintain the levels of those that are active already?

Move & Learn aim is to get schools to think differently about the way children learn. Our approaches incorporate Physically Active Learning (PAL), thereby creating win/win solutions for education and health.

Research has found that  PAL can:IMG_0599

  • improve classroom behaviour and activity engagement
  • significantly reduce sedentary periods of time
  • offer aggregated improvement in academic performance over time

The team from Move & Learn seek to share the benefits of blending research and practice from around the world – in addition to examples from their own practice – with schools in Leeds and beyond.

To find out more about Physically Active Learning (PAL) in its widest sense, check out the TEDx Talk by Move & Learn Director, Bryn Llewellyn and Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, Andy Daly-Smith.

To find out about Move & Learn, their team and how they can support schools in Leeds, visit

If you like what you see, contact them via and 07806 621508

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Child Friendly Leeds Sundays | A child’s idea becomes the highlight this summer!

Child Friendly Leeds Sundays

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

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Rumani, one of our competition winners, dreamt of creating fabulous play spaces in the city centre, where she and her friends could hang out together and have fun. This exciting project which came out of a fantastic competition, which we ran with primary aged school in Leeds during 2017.  

Plate spinning-01The aim of the competition was to listen to the voice of the children in the city and gather their ideas about ways to make the city centre  more appealing to them.  Ten winning ideas were submitted and we have been linking with our wonderful ambassador network to make the winning ideas become a reality! Rumani helped work on and develop the idea into a weekly on-going project this summer answered a few questions for our blog. 

  1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?  Hobbies?  Pets?  Siblings?

Hi I’m 10 years old. I like swimming, and doing parkor ( jumping and doing long jumps off obstacles) I also like climbing – I climbed Pen-y -Ghent twice! I like Youth Hostels- because they’re cool and they’re spacious and they’re better than hotels because they’re not posh. They’re nice for kids. 

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  1. What job would you like to do when you grow up?

I’d like to be a baker  and run a place where children can come and make their own cakes, or run a holiday adventure club called Yeti adventures

  1. What do you most like about living in Leeds?

You can get out of it quickly to countryside. The shops are good for sport trends.


  1. Which event are you most excited to see included in the Child Friendly Leeds Sundays project?

The cake decorating and the beach and birds of prey .

Watermelon tasting

  1. How else do you think we could improve Leeds for children and young people.

Make unisex clothes. I’d love  my park idea to happen with the water fountains and recycled park or area. Like the one in Bradford with even more stuff.


Here’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. Download your PDF guide here.pdf to find full details of what is happening and where.

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What to do in Leeds this summer? From a huge children’s festival with Cbeebies stars to 100s of activities across the city – Welcome to #ChildFriendlyLeeds

Leeds city centre will come to life over the summer holidays with a jam packed calendar of activities for families starting at the end of July.

Whether you want to relax on a deck chair at City Beach, enjoy live entertainment at Child Friendly Leeds Live, soak up the sunshine at one of our pop-up spaces or get involved with one of many free activities with #CFLSundays, there is something for everyone!Snapp leeds

All we ask is you take pictures and #ChildFriendlyLeeds and tag them into our new instagram account @SnappLeeds < monthly winners will recieve vouchers to shop at Trinity Leeds! 

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Last year, 350 children and young people entered a competition to share their ideas on ‘Making Leeds city centre more child friendly’. One of the winning suggestions was to bring a ‘children’s festival’ to Leeds. Read more about it here and our journey in making Leeds City Centre the heart of family fun!

Child Friendly Leeds have been working closely with the Leeds City Council events team, the Breeze team and a range of other partners to turn Will’s idea into a reality, and create ‘Child Friendly Leeds Live’. This exciting summer event will take over Millennium Square for one day in August! Headlining the festival will be star of CBeebies Andy Day and his band ‘Andy and the Odd Socks’.  Hosted by former CBeebies presenter Alex Winters, the event will also feature the ‘Breeze has Talent’ competition, which showcases local young talent.  Festival goers can support the young people as they perform on stage in front of a panel of industry professional judges. The festival will also include exciting performances from DAZL and The Rainbow Factory.

In addition to this, there will be a whole range of fun, free activities for children to enjoy around the square including arts, bath bomb creations, climbing wall, balloon modelling, facepainting, crafts, sport, sensory play and much more.

The event is made up of two separate, almost identical three-hour ‘Child Friendly Leeds Live’sessions. The first session will run from 10am to 1pm, and the second will run from 2pm until 5pm. For more information and tickets visit:,0,0,0,0

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Child Friendly Leeds Sundays

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

Here’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. Download your PDF guide here.pdf to find full details of what is happening and where.

Rumani, one of our competition winners, dreamt of creating fabulous play spaces in the city centre, where she and her friends could hang out together and have fun.

CFL Sundays 

The retail network have joined forces with the library, the city museum and the Tetley, as well as variety of Child Friendly Leeds ambassador organisations to create a range of exciting and free projects, which are aimed at children and their families.A key aim of the project, is to encourage children to be outside, be active and experience new things.  For example, children can learn circus skills, handle birds of prey, visit a huge T-Rex model, develop their dancing skills, be thrilled by animated story telling and taste new cuisines.

Find out more:

Leeds city centre events & play

popuo.jpgPop Up & Play will transform Victoria Gardens this summer, creating a colourful platform for 2 weeks of free, fun, family-friendly activities.

The space has been designed to encourage play for all ages in the city, making the most of the historic public square and surrounding area including temporary green space on Cookridge Street.

To find out more about the activities, please visit: Special thanks go to all our partners, individuals, funders and sponsors who made Pop Up & Play possible.

Further events include a Roller Disco at Kirkgate Market between 28 – 31 August and a whole host of music performances across the city centre.

Alternatively, if you just want to find a space to put your feet up, you can lounge back on one of the many deck chairs scattered across the city centre courtesy of Leeds BID, or visit City Beach as it returns on 11 August – 2 September in its new home at Victoria Gardens, or take time out in a second pop up park in front of the iconic Leeds Town Hall (August only).

Breeze on tour 

Summer fun for under 19s! Arts, inflatables, sports, crafts, performances, dance, Breeze has Talent semi finals and so much more!

If you bring your BreezeCard with you you’ll have fast track entry, otherwise you can sign up on the gate. Be prepared, get yours in advance!

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The dates for The Big One – Breeze on Tour 2018 are…

Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd August – Roundhay Park, Soldier’s Fields 12 – 5pm
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th August – Kirkstall Abbey 12 – 5pm

Lots of mini Breeze Leeds events throughout summer and they’re FREE. Find out more:


Thanks for reading and don’t just enjoy these events and activities yourself, share with friends, family & colleagues! 🙂

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