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Local youth charity Soft Touch Arts has begun the new year with some brilliant news.  They have scooped a £616,000 Arts Council large capital grant to transform 50 New Walk into Leicester's first youth arts and heritage centre.

Youth charity Soft Touch Arts has received more than £600,000 to help it pay for a new centre.

Soft Touch Arts is pleased to announce that Kaplan East Midlands have selected us as one of their chosen charities for 2014.

When Joe Crofton decided to take on a marathon charity challenge, he decided one just was not enough. Instead, the father-of-three is going to take on eight - more than 200 miles

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, visited Leicester on Friday 8 November.

As part of our Halloween business event 31/10/2013, we have now installed the sculptures from the Botanic Gardens at New Walk. This is intended to be the first showcase at the new building of sculpture work. The small garden on the New Walk side is ideal for this purpose.

Arch Creative's Joe and Darren headed down to New Walk yesterday to hold a design workshop for a group of young people from Leicester charity Soft Touch Arts.

Our Chair, Gill and Business Director Chris put together a week-long training package for the TREATS charity in Hong Kong which they delivered in August.

We were offered an empty shop in the Highcross Centre which coincided with bringing our first business mentor, Michael Lawrence of Spearing Waite solicitor's, on board.

Over two weeks in August young people joined Soft Touch Arts at the Leicester University Arboretum to create sculptures for the 2013 'A Change of Heart' exhibition which runs until Sunday 27 October 2013.

Leicester young offenders have created a spectacular mural at Leicester's Victim Support Centre, as part of their Reparation Orders from the city's Youth Offending Service.

A groundbreaking partnership between youth charity Soft Touch Arts and law firm Spearing Waite LLP is helping four young people to set up their first photography exhibition.

A graffiti artwork by 30 young carers from New Parks and Beaumont Leys has gone on display at the Beaumont Shopping Centre.

Soft Touch has been awarded £75,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project about Leicester in the 1950s. 

Soft Touch aims to turn a derelict building on New Walk into a 'buzzing new arts and heritage centre for young people over the course of the next year.

Soft Touch is proud to be announced as a runner-up in this year's Leicester Mercury business awards.  We were selected as one of 3 finalists in the not-for-profit category.

The 'Trapped' magazine has been produced by young offenders, using information from discussions with younger school children.

Music-making across the East Midlands received a boost today when Youth Music announced grants totalling £320,000 for music projects in the region.

During 2012 we worked with three women from the Gypsy Traveller community in partnership with STAR (Supporting Tenants and Residents) to produce an accessible housing support toolkit.

Crafty people in New Parks have contributed over 120 squares to a quilt celebrating New Parks in the Jubilee and Olympic year of 2012.

During 2012/13 Soft Touch is establishing the principle of measuring and reporting on key performance indicators (KPIs) for the organisation.

The Well Cool group got the day off school to bake cakes for the annual New Parks Xmas Tea Dance at the New Parks library. 

Soft Touch board members were treated to some gourmet delights at their recent AGM along with a lesson in sushi-making by the Well Cool volunteer group.

This year's Santa's Grotto at the ever-popular New Parks Winter Extravganza was decked out with the creations of young people from Allexton Youth & Community Centre.