UpSTart – A New Soft Touch programme

Do you know a young person who is aged 10-25:

Who is not reaching their potential?
Who is maybe struggling with hidden responsibilities?
Or health issues?
Who just can’t seem to engage at school?
Or is just drifting?
Where involvement in creative activities could unleash prospects for their future?
UpSTart may just be the answer!

A new project by Soft Touch Arts..

Run by award winning youth arts charity Soft Touch, UpSTart will use fun creative activities to engage young people who need support.

Based on the successful BIG-UP programme, this new five year project will go a step further.

It will provide focused arts and personal development options that will help with young people’s motivation, self-confidence and communication skills leading onto tailored support to move on and achieve their goals in life – from personal relationships to employment or education.

UpSTart will kick off with free creative activities run in schools, youth clubs, community venues and on the street. Later more structured programmes of activity and support will run from the Soft Touch premises on New Walk, including the chance to gain valuable Arts Award accreditation.

Individual young people can be referred to the programme at any stage.

Funding means we can offer these opportunities to young people living in New Parks, Beaumont Leys, Stocking Farm and Mowmacre Hill.

If you want to know more about how young people can be referred or how your organisation can get involved contact: Sally Norman on 0116 255 2592 or

Soft Touch is one of Leicester’s most successful charities. It has thirty years experience of using the arts to increase opportunity for developing social, creative and employability skills.


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