Soft Touch has been using creative projects to engage with and transform the lives of young people since 1986.
For young people who lack opportunities or have challenges in their lives it can be hard to look forward to a positive future. Our projects help them get back on track when have gone wrong, build the confidence and resilience to change negative or risky behaviours, and progress to lead more fulfilling lives.
Without the security of a happy, stable home it can be hard for children and young people to do well at school and think of a positive future. In Leicester 41% (31,000) children live in poverty (the England average is 31% and 27% for the East Midlands).
Children living in poverty or with other barriers to achieving in education are more likely to leave school without five good GCSEs, have low aspirations and an uncertain future. They’re at increased risk of having multiple challenges at important transition points in their lives when their more privileged peers are going into further education or finding jobs.
Our projects unlock untapped potential and support the development of lifeskills, a sense of purpose and aspiration to do well. We believe it because we see it happen on a daily basis.