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Soft Touch Arts Ltd

Soft Touch Arts, founded in 1986, delivers participatory arts projects, programmes and services in Leicester and Leicestershire. It uses the arts to offer people with limited opportunities the chance to work together to create positive change for themselves and their communities.

The focus of the company's work is the engagement of socially excluded young people, delivered through a range of artforms including music, film-making, photography, magazine production, drama, sculpture and craft. The company has two mobile studios which are used to engage young people on the streets of housing estates. Soft Touch's work is delivered through collaboration with public sector organisations and services.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £88,000
  • 2013-2014: £90,024
  • 2014-2015: £92,365

Video feed

New Walk Building Trailer

The video shows the progress of 50 New Walk over the last year, and how soon it will be finished ready for Soft Touch to move in.

Soft Touch Music education sessions

Soft Touch Music education sessions arts awards

Symphonize at The Y - East St Leicester

Symphonize is a ground-breaking project between Soft Touch Arts and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Lancaster School, New College and The YMCA Leicester. It began on Wednesday January 7, taking workshops to four different groups of young people in Leicester. Funded by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, it was a very unusual combination that most people wouldn’t imagine, but that’s just Soft Touch for you. The project involved classical music from the Philharmonia Orchestra coming face to face with urban and electronic music such as Hip Hop and Dubstep. Musicians from Soft Touch and the Philharmonia worked together and encouraged participants to join with them and create a unique and distinct mix of urban/classical music that most people won’t have heard before!

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Computer game - New Walk

Virtual trip around our new building.

Bloom In New Parks 2014 1

Bloom in New Parks 2014. Flower Festival and procession.

Soft Touch - Vernski's street-beat poem to the Queen.

Chris from Soft Touch and Vernski (who has been with Soft Touch as a project participant & volunteer for many years), we're privileged to attend a Royal Garden party on 21/5/14. Here is his poem to the Queen.

Food Group - Soft Touch Case Study Films

http://www.soft-touch.org.uk/ A short film about the the Soft Touch food group who have been working with the Chef's at Hotel Maiyango.

Short Version - Soft Touch Presentation Film

http://www.soft-touch.org.uk/ Soft Touch Arts Ltd - creating brighter futures for young people. A Leicester based charity, established in 1986, we use arts, media and music activities to inspire and engage young people and help them to develop creative, social and employability skills. Our inclusive way of working helps young people who lack opportunities or have challenges in their lives to participate in positive creative activities. We help them get back on track if things have gone wrong, try new things, build the confidence and resilience to change negative or risky behaviours, and progress to lead more fulfilling lives. This, in turn, has a beneficial effect on their communities. We set up projects and activities to encourage participation in the arts in Leicestershire. We have an experienced team who develop and deliver a wide range of creative projects and activities. Different agencies refer young people to activities at our studios or in local communities. Our work tackles local and national problems like gang culture, anti-social behaviour and unhealthy lifestyles, using creativity to give young people more positive choices in their lives. We work with MPs, police, fire service, schools, youth, health and social services, and local authorities. This gives our work a greater impact: we share ideas and resources which gives value for money for taxpayers and fewer social problems.

Soft Touch Presentation Video

http://www.soft-touch.org.uk/ Soft Touch Arts Ltd - creating brighter futures for young people. A Leicester based charity, established in 1986, we use arts, media and music activities to inspire and engage young people and help them to develop creative, social and employability skills. Our inclusive way of working helps young people who lack opportunities or have challenges in their lives to participate in positive creative activities. We help them get back on track if things have gone wrong, try new things, build the confidence and resilience to change negative or risky behaviours, and progress to lead more fulfilling lives. This, in turn, has a beneficial effect on their communities. We set up projects and activities to encourage participation in the arts in Leicestershire. We have an experienced team who develop and deliver a wide range of creative projects and activities. Different agencies refer young people to activities at our studios or in local communities. Our work tackles local and national problems like gang culture, anti-social behaviour and unhealthy lifestyles, using creativity to give young people more positive choices in their lives. We work with MPs, police, fire service, schools, youth, health and social services, and local authorities. This gives our work a greater impact: we share ideas and resources which gives value for money for taxpayers and fewer social problems.

Flat cat.mov

Short animation by Anthony Mann, Cat comes to life using a rolling pin!

Crazy Car Session with da youth in Wigston

Soft Touch doing a workshop using our crazy car for young people on the street where they hang around.

BASLEINE SESSIONS at home farm.AVI

MUSIC and ARTS SESSIONS AT HOME FARM! YOUTH MUSIC!

rotterdam or anywhere-YouTube sharing.mov

Soft Touch Arts on the streets of Rotterdam, working with young people in their neighbourhoods,

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Contact details

www.soft-touch.org.uk

120a
Hartopp Road
Leicester
LE2 1WF

52.616409, -1.11877

  • 52.616409 -1.11877

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