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Exactly five days after winning the Leicester Mercury Business Awards in the not for profit category we had more great news when Erica Smith won a Lord Lieutenant's Award at County Hall on Tuesday 8th April 2014.

Soft Touch are proud and delighted to have been chosen as the winners for 2014's Leicester Mercury Business Awards in the Not for Profit Category, sponsored by Baker Tilly.

We are always looking to make sure that we are doing the best job we can, and in order to make sure of that, we have implemented a regular survey of stakeholders.

Sally has just got back from an EMPAF (East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum) research tour to Holland.

Soft Touch Arts is working within a national consortium, led by the London-based charity Tender. The project aims to prevent violence in teenage relationships and sexual bullying using drama-based education and teacher training.

Former young Soft Touch participant, Marcus Joseph, is now teaching jazz theory to some staff members of Soft Touch in their band, Lippy.

On Saturday 1st February 2014 the Chair of Soft Touch, Gill Brigden was kindly presented with a £1000 donation by the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons at their charity awards event at Freemasons Hall.

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.