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 are fun, engaging and effective in making young people feel part of something and improving their opportunities and aspirations for the future.

Project Opportunities

If you are an agency, parent or carer that would like to refer a young person, or a young person that would like to join one of our projects please look at our projects open for referrals and contact joe@soft-touch.org.uk or call us 0116 2552592.

If you are an organisation that has an idea for a new project or partnership contact info@soft-touch.org.uk and a one of our director team will get back to you.

A regular music session at Soft Touch Arts for girls to learn, enjoy and record music.

The YES project aims to transform the future of young people to move into employment.

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

Creative Studio provides a tailor-made specialist alternative arts programme for young people who need extra support and don’t fit into a traditional educational setting.

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.

From time to time we take on volunteers to help run our sMASHing pop-up cafe which sells quality sandwiches, soups and cakes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients with new weekly menus.


Social enterprise run by Soft Touch in partnership with Leicestershire Red Cross. Supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Leicester to make new friendships, get involved in their community and learn cooking and catering skills.

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 City Classroom project was an action research initiative designed to explore the potential of locally sourced curriculum content for every Leicester child.

This is a session designed for young people who want to make music independently and have a bit of experience, This is a follow up from our other MiXt Up sessions.

Soft Touch Arts are making a difference at Ward Three.

We have been working with Ellesmere College and Birkett house over the past 6 weeks delivering music education.