Open Arms sessions for refugees

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