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How arts help disadvantaged youngsters

Rotary Club of Leicester Novus members visited Soft Touch Arts for their weekly meeting.

Business Strategic Director Christina Wigmore gave 10 members an insight into the work of the charity and a tour of its premises, at 50 New Walk, Leicester.

Prince Edward opening the Soft Touch Arts building in 2016

Prince Edward opening the Soft Touch Arts building in 2016

She explained that soft Touch was formed in 1986 to benefit disadvantaged young people by using creative arts in media, music and cooking to improve their lives. Quite a few of the youngsters will have left full-time education prematurely.

Funding for its many and varied projects comes from individuals, companies and charities. Youngsters often work with mentors who enable them to access, develop and progress arts work.

Rotarians watched a film which showed several of its clients praise the charity and its helpers for turning their lives around.

Proposing a vote of thanks, club president Pradeep Popat said the club would explore ways in which its members could help in future.