Social enterprise run by Soft Touch in partnership with Leicestershire Red Cross. Supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Leicester to make new friendships, get involved in their community and learn cooking and catering skills.
Soft Touch Arts worked with young people from the Saffron Lane Estate, where Orton grew up, and other parts of Leicester to produce an exhibition inspired by the life, work and legacy of the Leicester-born playwright.
Symphonized is a partnership project between Soft Touch Arts and The Philharmonia Orchestra. Funded by Youth Music and Children in Need. The project which happened in January 2017. Involving 3 Leicester schools and various young people from Highfields.
The Inside Outside Prison Art Exhibition is a culmination of months of hard work by a dedicated group of young men at HMP Glen Parva, who create artwork for themselves, for loved ones and to brighten up the prison surroundings.
MiXT-UP Travellers is a strand from our MiXT-UP three year music programme. The Travellers sessions work with young people from travelling communities, and participants range from aged four to fifteen.
With funding from Awards For All, Kieran Walsh and Lewis Buttery from Soft Touch Arts go to Glen Parva prison to work with inmates every week with help from staff from The Therapeutic Drug and Alcohol Support Team (TDAS).
Kickstart matches young people aged 15-24 with a mentor who can offer support, direction and encouragement on a one to one basis to help them make positive choices and take steps towards education, employment or training.
We set up pART-of with funding generated through our Catalyst Arts programme supported by the Arts Council. It was an incentive scheme to encourage new funders and donors to support our work with a match donation given for every £1 donated through new supporters.
During October 2015, Soft Touch exhibited their first project in the New Walk building. The project was produced with and by young people and demonstrated the differences between life as a young person in the 1950s and modern day life in Leicester.
Changing You(th). Teenagers in the 1950's and today was a Soft Touch project that brought young and older people together. The project compared how teenagers feel about themselves and the world around them in the 1950's to teenage experiences today.