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It is time to celebrate delicious global street food. The Soft Touch Toastbusters refugee and asylum seeker cooking project street-food stall is having its first outing at the Canteen August event which is also the opening of Journeys International Festival.

Soft Touch Arts has worked with young people from the Saffron Lane estate, where Orton grew up, and other parts of Leicester to produce an exhibition inspired by the life, work and legacy of the Leicester-born playwright.

The artwork on show has been created over the past year by participants from HM Prison and YOI Glen Parva and HM Prison Leicester. The exhibition offered an impressive and inspiring showcase from our arts projects in the prisons, which were delivered jointly with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Kieran and Lewis from Soft Touch Arts work closely with NHS staff from the prisons to deliver the project.

We will be working with staff in the local store on Market Street on a range of fundraising activities and events, with lots of opportunities for both organisations’ staff and our young people to work together on different creative fundraising and promotional ideas.

Managing Director of Steamin’ Billy, Billy Allingham, has supported one of our mentees, Andrew, to such an extent that his developed skills shine thoroughly with the short film.

On the 25th April, Daniel Russell was commissioned by Arts Council England to review one of our projects. They Chose the MiXT UP project. - Funded by Youth Music

Soft Touch Arts is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Our long-term supporters at Everything Branded recently kindly donated 500 tote bags to use in our creative projects with young people.

The Creative Minds Exhibition is a showcase of artwork created by young people with autism and various other needs and difficulties.

Check out our weekly specials along with the main menu for our sMASHing Pop-up cafe. Every Thursday, 11 - 2.30pm.

Chris Phillips and Kevin Hudson used their comedy skills for good by devising and performing Punchlining Above Their Weight as part of Leicester Comedy Festival 2017, at the same time raising funds for Soft Touch Arts.

The young people on our STart Project were offered the opportunity to work with Courtney Askey over a series of weeks to create portraits which reflect their identities in a fun and creative way.

Big Thanks go to RAL Display Marketing for choosing us as the winner of their New Year’s Resolution competition!

Charlie is 8 months old and having been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Depletion Syndrome his parents were determined to fundraise to try and save Charlie’s life.

This year we ran a ground breaking project funded by the Leicester-shire Music Education Hub, bringing together 2 specialist SEN schools for a 6 week project. The Project used all the Latest Technology, and various different instruments. See how they got on below.

A short film showing the wonderful Symphonize project, a Partnership project between Soft Touch Arts and The Philharmonia. Look out of the next one in January 2018! Find out more on MiXT UP here

In an age where food is literally all we think about and tend to dismiss a friend’s rant as we wonder what to have for dinner, an idea emerged to create a well-seasoned event, with the theme for the night being food.

We’re very sad to see Emily go but very pleased she has a new job and has been able to develop her skills and confidence at Soft Touch Arts.

Symphonize is a pioneering creative partnership between the Philharmonia Orchestra and local youth charity Soft Touch Arts, providing disadvantaged young people in Leicester with the opportunity to immerse themselves in music composition and production.

MP Rob Wilson: It's time to give due praise to our charities. Rob Wilson praises Soft Touch and explains why small not for profit organisations are often overshadowed.

The last three months has been a whirlwind time of winning awards and showcasing the work of our charity.

On Wednesday 2nd November ’16 we held a special event to launch our celebratory 30th year exhibition 86:16

Soft Touch Arts and Arch Creative celebrate yet another year of a creative partnership.

Vulnerable to trouble, these young people are welcomed as part of the ‘Soft Touch family’ through various creative outreach programmes