Archive for November, 2021

Sign up to the Duke of Edinburgh Award with Pie

Posted on: November 23rd, 2021 by Steph Dickinson No Comments

At Pie, we’re offering the opportunity for young people aged 14-25 years to work towards achieving a Duke of Edinburgh Award.

DofE and the process of achieving the Award is a great way to build your confidence, communication, productivity, skills and it looks great on your CV (win-win!). Whether you’re looking at applying to college/university or applying for a job, DofE is another way to show people what amazing things you can do, and achieve. Pie can help you to train for the Expedition part of the award in particular, but also gives support across all
Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

To sign up, email Luis at

Here are some stories from young people who have taken part in DofE…

Soundcheck fundraiser

Posted on: November 3rd, 2021 by Steph Dickinson No Comments

Help Pie level the score for young minds

Last year we launched our campaign to support young people’s mental health. We’ve helped 63 11 – 18 years in East Kent access instant, free professional counselling and creative sessions and 1-2-1s thanks to your generosity. Yet the surge in referrals isn’t letting up and health service waiting lists are getting longer.

One year on, we want to do even more, we can do more – with your help. 

We’ve reopened the fundraiser – in 30 days we hope to raise £1,500 to give a further 30 young people counselling and creative sessions. 

Play your part

This is why we are taking action – to ensure that no young person in the most deprived wards in Kent – Thanet and Dover – is left behind.

Pastoral care is a core part of what we do at Pie and has grown in the last 18 months, from food and self-care packages and vouchers for low-income families, to sessions in schools and our counselling stream.

We’ve reacted to what our young people need because they come first. 

The true impact of the pandemic is being felt now. The reality of fewer employment opportunities, rising living costs and dealing with collective and individual trauma and grief is all too real. By offering more counselling and mental health support, we aim to give young people the tools they need now to help them get through this difficult time and prevent years of struggle. They’re not alone.

The tees

Talented local artists Paul Camo and Rob Flowers created two exclusive, limited edition T-shirts for us. They represent Pie – who we are, what we do and what we stand for – equality and access for all and enhancing lives through music.

Rob Flowers a slice of the pie tee is a visual explosion of the words and objects our young people use to define who we are and what we do. 

With the systemic devaluing and dismantling of arts education and opportunities, organisations like Pie Factory Music are a vital resource, providing young people in East Kent with access to tools that build creative lives. When the guys from Pie Factory asked me to get involved with the fundraising campaign, I jumped at the chance to support the cause

Paul Camo’s anti-racism slogan-tee references protest T-shirts and placards, taking cues from the past to inspire action now as the fight for racial justice continues. The font is a unique typeface, inspired by signs from a 1963 protest march, adapted from an old badge, which states ‘STOP RACIST ATTACKS’.

When Pie Factory Music approached me to create a T-shirt to raise funds, there was absolutely no question for me about getting involved in this very important project and worthwhile cause

This soft-cover A4 sketchbook is ready to be filled with sketches, ideas, thoughts, feelings – whatever you like. There’s a power in putting pen or pencil to paper to help soothe the mind and spark creativity.

Activate your support

Every donation will help us bridge the gap in services in East Kent, enabling young people to improve their mental wellbeing and helping to give them a greater chance to thrive as the long-term impact of the pandemic takes full force. 

Buy a tee

Donate without a tee

All donations Pie receives from 5 November to 4 December 2021 will go towards the Soundcheck fundraiser.

Pie Factory Music sessions.

Please help spread the word to help us raise the volume for young people.

Thank you

Gift Aid

Posted on: November 2nd, 2021 by Steph Dickinson No Comments

Make your donations go further with Gift Aid

Through the Government’s Gift Aid scheme, Pie Factory Music can claim an additional 25p for every £1 you donate. So if you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase the value of your donations to us by 25%, at no extra cost to yourself! Simply fill in your details below and tick the box to confirm your taxpayer status.

We will use the details provided to update your record and to process your donations to us. Please note: we can only claim Gift Aid if you provide your first name, surname and home address.

Gift Aid declaration

I am a UK taxpayer and would like Pie Factory Music to reclaim the tax on all donations I have made in the last four years and for all future gifts of money that I make to be Gift Aid donations.

Gift Aid