Soft Touch Charity

Thanks to our on-going support and financial advice, local arts charity, Soft Touch, is set to transform one of our iconic city buildings into Leicester’s first youth arts and heritage centre.

Established in 1986, Soft Touch uses arts, media and music activities to inspire and engage disadvantaged young people, helping them to develop creative, social and life skills which put them in a better place to gain future employment.

The charity recently scooped the Not For Profit Award at the Leicester Mercury Business Awards 2014.

Christina Wigmore, Director at Soft Touch, comments: “Over the past eight years we have successfully achieved fundraising for and managed large-scale creative community development projects, and in 2012 we purchased 50 New Walk, which we will be opening as Leicester’s first youth arts and heritage centre.

This is an ambitious project for a small charity, but we have successfully raised over £1.1 million in 18 months to make our dream project a reality.

Our current large-scale capital project to transform 50 New Walk would definitely have posed a significant challenge without the financial expertise and advice provided by Newby Castleman.”

We have not only played a significant role in helping Soft Touch to expand, but also with the financial complexities that come with being a charity.

Christina continues: “Soft Touch has grown organically from a small organisation of four workers/directors into the much bigger and bolder organisation that it is today.

Being a voluntary sector/charity organisation brings all kinds of challenges in financial reporting and VAT, and Newby Castleman has given us brilliant advice over the years and made their services very affordable as a charity with limited funds.

More recently we have been working together on the complex finances for our building development project and it’s great that they have been supportive by sponsoring some of our business reception events and awards.”

Soft Touch now plans to develop its finance, staff and strategy, build stronger links with the business and academic sectors and raise Soft Touch's profile so that it is recognised as a leading, innovative charity that uses creativity to change young people’s lives.

Christina adds: “We feel more confident in taking these plans forward with the support of an experienced accountancy practice behind us.

It’s great to know we have a team that can advise us in financial compliance and help with any issues.

One of the most important things for us is that individuals at Newby Castleman, like Paul Barnett, Brent Goodwin and Raquel Lesta, have taken the time to get to know what Soft Touch is about and understand the positive impact we have on young people and their communities.

We get great personal service and they care about what we do and want us to succeed."

Paul Barnett, our Charities Partner, comments: “It is a delight to be able to work alongside such a great organisation and to know that our advice has had a real impact on the growth of the charity.

We look forward to helping Soft Touch achieve their future vision and watch them continue to have such a positive impact on the lives of young people.”

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