Youth Club sessions

Posted on: November 24th, 2022 by Steph Dickinson No Comments

At Pie, our youth club sessions help young people in East Kent to influence their own lives positively.

In Thanet, 8-17-year-olds can take part in our free open-access sessions. Every session promotes emotional, social and physical wellbeing and development.

Young people can have fun, make friends, learn about themselves and develop skills, building confidence and future opportunities. Activities include cooking, arts and crafts, sport, games and music, all in an inclusive, welcoming environment.

We take a universal and targeted approach to our youth provision, and aim to engage and build positive relationships with families, the wider community and partners. Our team, made up of qualified team leaders, sessional youth workers, volunteers and young leaders, are trained to ensure young people’s safety and wellbeing in all of our sessions. Significant support in place for those facing financial barriers to participation.

We can help young people gain accredited qualifications too, including:

Thanet (Ramsgate Youth Centre / Pie HQ)

Junior Youth Club
Thursdays 5 – 7pm, 8-12 years

Senior Youth Club
Mondays (Live Room) & Tuesdays (Band Room) 7 – 9pm, 13-17 years

Open Arms
Fridays 5 – 7:30pm, 13-21 years
Our session for unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees. We will cook and eat together, make art, play music and games. There is also space for those who just want to chill, feel safe and chat with friends.

Pavilion Youth Cafe, Broadstairs (CT10 3AE)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3-5pm for young people age 10-16
Sessions include: multi-sports, arts and crafts, indoor games, and accredited schemes including Arts Award and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
On Wednesdays, there is an “all-age” session that runs where parents/carers can attend and supervise their children too.



The Live Room

Posted on: January 4th, 2023 by Steph Dickinson No Comments

The Live Room is a place for young people to play, chill, socialise, make music and just be, at Pie Factory Music’s Ramsgate HQ.

It’s a weekly drop-in evening session every Monday for young people aged 13 – 17 years to enjoy activities. These include football, games, pool, gaming, table tennis, arts and crafts, cookery, instrument use, singing and music. Our sound engineer is also on hand in our music studio for you to practice your music mastery.

Mondays (except bank holidays), 7-9pm, drop-in
Ramsgate Youth Centre

Pie believes that every young person has the right to take part in creative opportunities.

Our rich programme of music and creative arts projects covers every aspect of engagement to give everyone the chance to explore and experience what the arts have to offer.

From drop-in sessions for those beginning to explore their interest in music, right up to providing personal and professional development for those pursuing a career in the arts, we’re here to support them on every step of their journey.

Young person with long red hair playing the keyboard

Young person wearing black beanie hat playing the guitar

Young person with blonde hair and wearing a blue t shirt playing pool

Band Room

Posted on: January 4th, 2023 by Steph Dickinson No Comments

Band Room is Pie Factory Music’s open-access session for young people who love music and want to play, rehearse, mix and master.

Try out instruments and band-playing in our music room, play your favourite covers and write new songs with others under the guidance of our two music practitioners who will encourage and support your creative development. Other activities include cookery, arts and crafts, games and sports.

Enjoy 1-2-1 tutoring, songwriting guidance, jamming sessions and recording opportunities.

Tuesdays, 7-9pm, for 13-17 years
Ramsgate Youth Centre
No need to book, just turn up

Young man wearing headphones using a mixing desk at Band Room

Young man wearing black beanie hat and blue t shirt playing guitar at Band Room


Band Room session with young person singing into microphone with one arm raised as they perform0

Young man in checked shirt playing the drums at Band Room

Open Arms sessions for refugees

Posted on: January 4th, 2023 by Steph Dickinson No Comments

Open Arms is Pie Factory Music’s safe, relaxed open access session for unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees aged 13-21 years.

Every Friday we cook and eat together, make art, and play music and games. Food and drink is provided.

We have a small budget to offer travel expenses and can offer support to book a bus, train or taxi if needed. Let us know before arrival, and save travel receipts for reimbursement.

Fridays, 5 – 7:30pm
Ramsgate Youth Centre
Free, no need to book – just turn up

Watch our video, taken at Open Arms first birthday, that celebrates this inspiring group of young people and captures what the project means to them and our team, and how much we’ve all gained from coming together through compassion, positivity, resilience, and community.

It’s our duty at Pie to be here for every and any young person in and coming to East Kent. So far, the Open Arms group have enjoyed cooking together, making friends, playing games, listening to and performing music. We’ve also partnered with local organisations to offer them new, exciting experiences such as Discovery Planet‘s science-inspired workshops.

We are passionate about every young person having access to a community of support. Pie is dedicated to creating a place where every young person feels comfortable and safe to be themselves, feel welcomed and have the chance to take part in activities and meet new people, on their terms. This programme is hugely important to us as we continue to ensure that we provide opportunities for all and respond to the needs of our times and young people.

Refugee Council Advice Sessions
Every third Friday of the month from 4-6 pm, our Open Arms session is visited by a case worker from the Refugee Council who can offer 1:1 asylum advice to young people up to 18 years old. If you would like to sign up to talk to the case worker at their next visit, please email

This programme is specifically for young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees aged 13 – 21 years, in the care of Kent County Council/Medway Council local authority or another local authority and is funded by NHS Kent and Medway.

Young person taking part in a science experiment with steam as part of Open Arms session

Art Therapy

Posted on: October 2nd, 2023 by Steph Dickinson No Comments

Pie Factory Music offers free Art Therapy group sessions for 13 – 17-year-olds in East Kent.

These sessions help young people to explore, express and process their emotions, thoughts and experiences in a safe, soothing environment. Art-based psychotherapy uses art-making as a way to explore complex and overwhelming emotions. This can be helpful when young people find it challenging to find the right words to share how they are feeling.

This group offers a safe and confidential space to create art and explore shared experiences, making meaningful connections with each other in the process. Participants can engage in sessions at a pace that suits them, led by their needs. Art therapy encourages self-expression and self-discovery.

Tuesdays, 5 – 6:30pm. The group runs in 6 week blocks at
Pie Factory HQ, Ramsgate Youth Centre

The current group finishes on Tuesday 27th February 2024, therefore we are not taking on any new referrals at the moment. We are hoping to secure future funding.

Pie also offers counselling for young people. Find out about our counselling offer.



Posted on: February 26th, 2021 by Steph Dickinson No Comments

Pie Factory Music offers free face-to-face and online counselling sessions for 13 – 18-year-olds in East Kent.

It’s thanks to our incredible community who crowdfunded for us that we are able to provide this service.

We set up our Soundcheck programme in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the rise in referrals for mental health support. Our aim is to help provide talking therapy, in a bid to fill the gap in mental health provision in East Kent.

We work with professional, qualified counsellors who are not only able to support young people with their general emotional health and well-being, but also have skills and expertise to help young people navigate racial trauma, identity, gender and sexuality.

Whilst you are waiting to access our service, support is available via the organisations below:

We are not taking on any new referrals at the moment, but we are hoping to secure future funding to continue this service.

Our counselling offer

We provide online, face-to-face counselling and group art therapy with our qualified counsellors.

We believe that it may take a long time to recover from the challenges and trauma of 2020. This offer of free counselling for young people in East Kent is one way that we can ensure that no one is left to navigate their recovery alone.

Meet our counsellors


Hi, my name is Alan and I’m a person-centred counsellor. I’m here to support you with the challenges you may be facing. Together we can explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe space, with you knowing I will not share them with anyone else.

You can bring whatever you need to talk about to counselling and I will not judge you or tell you what to do. We can explore together, in your own time, what it means to be you. If you are reading this and feel like counselling is something you might want to try, then let’s take this journey together, and make the most out of life!

Alan works in person and online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday – various times are available.


Woman with blonde hair wearing a black top, smiling

My name is Alice and I am an Art Therapist.

Art Therapy offers the creative process of art-making as a way for you to express your thoughts and feelings. The combination of art-making and talking provides you with a flexible and gentle approach, at a pace that suits you, which can really help when exploring more difficult emotions. You do not need any experience or skills in art-making, and the main focus will be on what the art-making process may bring up for you.

I offer a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space to be heard and seen. I believe that an authentic and trusting therapeutic relationship can support you in gaining insights into yourself, as well as your relationships with others. I take an intersectional approach, and my experience is with people from socially, culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds. I am a Neurodiversity-affirming therapist.

I have many years of experience in a range of settings working with children, adolescents, young adults and adults within schools, organisations, the community and the NHS, facilitating groups and one-to-one sessions. I also have my own private practice in Margate.

Alice is available for individual sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. She also runs the Art Therapy group on a Tuesday evening, but this is not currently taking place.


Hi, I am a qualified Gestalt therapist. I work mainly with young people in schools and online, and have a small private practice for adults. Being a gestalt therapist means I work in the here and now, working through how difficulties from the past may be impacting the present. I work creatively incorporating elements of art, games, Lego and sand tray work into my sessions.

Before becoming a therapist I worked for many years in residential homes with young people. I have extensive experience working with clients with ASD and other developmental disabilities, challenging behaviours, ADHD and other neurodiversity needs.

Libby works in person from Pie HQ on Friday afternoon.


Hi, I work as a counsellor, clinical supervisor and counselling lecturer. I have my own counselling private practice where I see individuals from all walks of life, including musicians and young people.

I work with a range of themes such as ADD; anxiety; depression; phobias; trauma/EMDR; loss; addiction; smoking; confidence and assertiveness building. I offer the option of engaging verbally, creatively or both. In working creatively I include music; art therapy; dream work; worksheets; poetry and visualisation etc.

I understand that it can be a lonely journey when going through troubling times. My hope is to join you on your journey and to offer you the tools to cope better with life events. A safe space will be created where you will be listened to and talk freely about situations in your life without feeling judged.

About me: I love the cinema; kickboxing; gigs; dancing and having a good laugh. I occasionally volunteer backstage at the O2, counselling fans who are struggling with anxiety. I facilitate workshops and yearly well-being summer retreats, which are open to the public.

Michelle works in person from Pie HQ on Tuesday afternoon.


Hello! I’m a qualified person-centred therapist. What the person-centred part means is how I work with you, the client. I work to affirm your experiences because I believe deeply that my clients are the experts in their own lives. I want to hear from you about the things that affect you, the things that have brought you to a place of considering having therapy.

I believe that you best understand your inner thoughts, and the anxieties you may have, and in our sessions I’m there to listen to you. This style of therapy encourages the building of a therapeutic alliance between you and I. Our relationship is an essential feature of the work; so that you may trust me to hold space for you. I have specialised training and experience in addiction; working with ambiguous loss; racism, intersectionality, and trauma. I have worked extensively with clients from the LGBTQ+ community.

Remi works online only – various days and times are available.


Steph, our consellor, a person with dark shoulder length hair wearing red earrings and a floral top and dungarees

Hi, I have been a counsellor for 10 years, and I am trained to work with children, young people and adults. I work in schools as well as having my own private practice.

I believe in creating a safe space for people to share their thoughts, feelings and issues with me. I am really passionate about young people accessing high-quality therapy and being able to fully be themselves, and share with me so that we can work through things together. I have experience of working with a very wide range of subjects and enjoy supporting young people through their counselling journey. When I’m not working, I enjoy walking my dog, going to music festivals and spending time at the beach.

Steph works in person from her practice in Folkestone – various days and times are available.