Over 1,000 young people participated over the three years creating videos, music, photography, creative writing and many other arts based products.

STRETCH was a three-year programme of arts activities to enable young people who were not engaging in mainstream youth or educational services to progress with personal, social and learning goals.



We also supported a number of young people with limited (or no) experience to take on active roles in the delivery of the programme by assisting on projects as peer mentors, organising local community showcase events and helping to create these web pages.

Soft Touch certificates of achievement were awarded to all young people taking part and many also completed NVQ Level 1 accreditation such as Arts Awards and V50 Awards.

Participants were encouraged to, and have succeeded in, moving on to a range of further opportunities, e.g. more advanced accreditation,volunteering, formal/informal learning and running their own independent projects.

STRETCH was a Soft Touch Arts project supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

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