The wonderful staff at Kaplan East Midlands have been supporting Soft Touch Arts during 2014 with a series of fundraising activities and events.

Symphonize, a pioneering partnership project between the Philharmonia Orchestra and Soft Touch Arts took place in January 2015.

Budding teenage artist Liam Burt has created a stunning large-scale artwork for city centre restaurant The White Peacock. The work, which is a paper stencil in white, will be on permanent display in the restaurant in a prominent position on the main staircase.

2014's BIG-UP New Parks Hallowe'en event was held at New Parks Club for Young People.

A very big thank you to all who donated to support the Soft Touch Runners team at Leicester Marathon on October 26th.

In August 2014, Soft Touch Arts held an exhibition at Highcross Leicester in collaboration with graphic design agency, Arch Creative, and sponsored by Kaplan Financial.

Here is the video of the Bloom in New Parks Flower Festival event held on June 28 2014.

Sitting in a workshop, surrounded by easels and paint pots, a smile extends across the face of Lewis Buttery as he describes the artwork he's produced.

Joe Crofton, co-director of Soft Touch, has written about his recent music work with children on his blog

The fundraising music night  held to celebrate Leicester reggae musician Richi Rootz has raised £1,000 towards the music studio that will take his name in our new building.

Works of art created by residents have gone on display at a community centre. The artwork includes beadwork, paper flowers and silk paintings and is mounted in display cases at Eyres Monsell Community Centre.

The project to develop the DVD has been led by Leicester City Council's youth service, supported by Soft Touch Arts, as part of their Big Up New Parks programme.

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.