Current and past projects

Here are some of our current and past projects.

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.

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.

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

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. 

As part of funding received from Ambition, young people that attend our STart sessions produced artwork and music for their Work and Progress exhibition at Soft Touch's New Walk building.

With funding from Awards For All, Kieran Walsh and Lewis Buttery from Soft Touch Arts go to Glen Parva prison to work with inmates every week with help from staff from The Therapeutic Drug and Alcohol Support Team (TDAS).

Kickstart matches young people aged 17-24 with a mentor who can offer support, direction and encouragement on a one to one basis to help them make positive choices and take steps towards education, employment or training.

Wednesday 3rd February saw the launch of the two latest projects in the Arts Council funded partnership programme with New Parks Library ‘Creative New Parks'.

We set up pART-of with funding generated through our Catalyst Arts programme supported by the Arts Council. It was an incentive scheme to encourage new funders and donors to support our work with a match donation given for every £1 donated through new supporters.

Musical Care Homes is a new ground breaking project that works specifically in homes with elder people.

During October 2015, Soft Touch exhibited their first project in the New Walk building. The project was produced with and by young people and demonstrated the differences between life as a young person in the 1950s and modern day life in Leicester.

Changing You(th). Teenagers in the 1950's and today was a Soft Touch project that brought young and older people together. The project compared how teenagers feel about themselves and the world around them in the 1950's to teenage experiences today.

On the 13th and 18th of August 2015, local residents collaborated with Soft Touch Arts Project Leader Kieran Walsh to design a mural that would brighten up their community.

Young people in New Parks – a large estate towards the edges of the city – can sometimes feel disconnected from Leicester.

On Wednesday the 29th of July, young people came together for an out of this world project!

The Soft Touch Arts Award Club is an on-going project that is held on a Wednesday afternoon as a weekly drop in session. Any young person that accesses Soft Touch projects can take part and achieve an Arts Award as part of the creative projects or activities they are involved with.

Park Lodge is a supported living project for young single adults. Those who use Park Lodge have had very challenging backgrounds and have been leading chaotic life styles with associated problems which have led to them needing specialised housing and life-skills support. Many have been previously homeless and/or in care.

The commemorative installation project began in January 2015 and ran through to February 2015, making it a six week long project. With funding obtained by New Parks Library from the Arts Council, Soft Touch and participants were able to complete the third project out of four on the first year of the three year project.

A group of young artists invited the public to experience a darker side of Valentine's Day – BLEEDING HeART – which was an exhibition enticing the public to trade in their stereotypical views of Valentine's Day for a chance to take an adventure into the more cruel and twisted forms of love.