Our Projects

Since 1986 we have delivered hundreds of creative projects with thousands of people across Leicestershire. We use the arts to engage young people that are struggling to reach their potential because of family problems, difficulties in mainstream education or other issues which are holding back their personal and social development. Our projects, run in partnership with local agencies and businesses, unlock untapped potential, hidden depths and talent and are highly engaging and effective in making young people feel part of something and improving their aspirations for the future. The process of creating builds self-belief and confidence and through involvement in group projects generates a sense of belonging and feeling valued.

Project Opportunities

Are you an organisation that has an idea for a new project? Contact joe@soft-touch.org.uk to discuss creating your own project!

The project, called the Youth Employability Support (YES) project, will aim to transform the futures of 400 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who are currently the furthest from being able to move into employment.

UpSTart will use fun creative activities to engage young people who need support.

RE-FAB is an upcycling, skill-based project.

Creative Studio is an alternative education scheme funded by schools and local authorities

In January Youth Music awarded us funding to start a large three-year project, MiXT-UP, giving young people who wouldn't normally get the the chance to access music-making activities.

Quality sandwiches, soups and cakes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients with new weekly menus.


Symphonized is a partnership project between Soft Touch Arts and The Philharmonia Orchestra. Funded by Youth Music and Children in Need. The project which happened in January 2017. Involving 2 Leicester schools and various young people from Highfields.

Over the summer of 2016 Soft Touch had the opportunity to run some community drumming workshops as part of the City festival Clash of drums Event.

As a result of working with Sustrans on a consultation project in December 2015; an opportunity to improve a small car park area on Braunstone Gate arose.

The Inside Outside Prison Art Exhibition is a culmination of months of hard work by a dedicated group of young men at HMP Glen Parva, who create artwork for themselves, for loved ones and to brighten up the prison surroundings.

MiXT-UP Travellers is a strand from our MiXT-UP three year music programme. The Travellers sessions work with young people from travelling communities, and participants range from aged four to fifteen.