We are proud that some of our business supporters and ambassadors have pulled out all the stops to help us showcase our projects and impact and to make our 30th year celebratory exhibition ‘inspired by 1980s design’ happen.
A big thank you to architects rg+p who were the main sponsor for the exhibition but also gave time to work with young people at Soft Touch to create a centerpiece Rubik’s Cube themed sculpture. Local fashion designer and boutique owner Betty Brown worked with a group of young people to create 80s inspired fashion and illustrator and graphic designer, Morgan Gleave helped young people to create caricatures and develop a comic-strip time travel story. Arch Creative made an animated time-line about the history of Soft Touch Arts and a team of managers from Marks & Spencers as part of their Spark Something Good initiatiave helped us prepare the gallery and work with young people to create collaged walls in our recreated 1980s teenager’s bedroom. At the front of our building with the help of Overbury PLC we have giant 3d 30 letters which are collaged with pictures and stories about Soft Touch from over the years. At night they stop passers by on New Walk in their tracks through the lighting provided by Ventola Projects. Newby Castleman helped us to put on a fantastic private view event to attended by over 70 people.
This is a really innovative way for businesses to come together and support a local charity that uses creativity to change the lives of disadvantaged young people. The exhibition runs until 25th November at 50 New Walk and culminates in a special I love the 80s fundraising party on Saturday 26th November. Tickets are available here Tickets for 80s night
In September and October we won 3 awards which was a fantastic achievement and really helped to raise our profile. We won the Niche Business Awards Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders award category in September, followed by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Leicestershire Business Awards Social Impact Award. Our Business Development Director, Christina Wigmore, was very proud to be nominated for and win the Community Champion award at the Leicester Mercury Women in Business Awards.
Last but not least, a project and business partnership very close to our hearts, our Pulled Both Ways mediation film project showcase took place at Soft Touch in October. A partnership between Glynis Wright & Co Family Solicitors and Mediators and Soft Touch Arts, the project has worked in New College and Leicester High School for girls over the past year to produce 3 fantastic short films. The films which the young people scripted and filmed with the help of Soft Touch film-makers, show the emotional effects that divorce can have on children. The films aim to encourage more parents to consider and take up mediation when they are splitting up as a way to improve outcomes for children and avoid the cost and emotional trauma of court action. The films were showcased to an audience of High Court Family Judges, local business people and family lawyers and mediators. The young people and their families also attended and the young people involved were presented with certificates by Surinder Sharma, the High Sherrif of Leicestershire. The films are available for family lawyers and mediators to use as a tool in their work through Glynis Wright’s website www.glyniswright.co.uk
We are always looking for businesses that might like to partner with us by making us their charity of choice or sponsoring projects or exhibitions and events.
Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about Soft Touch. Contact Christina Wigmore – firstname.lastname@example.org