YES project – Youth Employability Support

YES project aims to change lives of young people

Soft Touch Arts is one of eight partners working with Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) on a new £1.94m project that will support some of Leicester and Leicestershire’s most at risk young people.

The project, called the Youth Employability Support (YES) project, will aim to transform the futures of 400 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who are currently the furthest from being able to move into employment.

YES will focus on young people who face extra barriers to work, such as mental or physical health difficulties, homelessness, disabilities or being a carer, but it will also be open to any young person in Leicester or Leicestershire who is not in employment, education or training.

Soft Touch is offering a weekly creative session where young people have the opportunity to try out photography, Photoshop, stencil and graffiti art, print, music, sculpture, creative cooking and more. The sessions help participants build confidence and learn new skills. There will also be:

  • A personal development plan
  • One-to-one support
  • The opportunity to work towards an accredited Arts Award and to progress onto our mentoring scheme

An annual YES exhibition will offer the chance for participants to showcase their art and receive recognition for all their hard word by visitors, mentors and creative organisations.

Participants will have the opportunity to access a range of support from all 8 partner organisations.

The YES project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.


To find out about joining the project email Jim Jackson –





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