The Pye Foundation 

Supported Charities

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Some of Our Supported Charities

From time to time we feature a small number of the many charities we support from the Foundation.

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The Connections Bus Project

The Connections Bus Project is a charity (No. 1168343) providing youth work services across Cambridgeshire:

Our vision is to support young people to fulfil their potential through the provision of free recreational, educational and personal development opportunities.

The Prospects Trust

We run an 18 acre organic care farm in rural Cambridgeshire. Our farm and garden team placements are open to people with additional needs, our Co-workers. We specialise in providing therapeutic horticulture to people with learning difficulties, disabilities and those with varying health needs. We are a real farm providing real work experience producing real organic products and produce.

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Centre 33

Centre 33 supports young people, up to the age of 25, across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Our mission is to help every young person we work with fulfil their potential by supporting them with their practical and emotional needs. Our services are free, confidential, and available without appointment. 

Founded in 1981, in the last four decades, we have worked closely with more than 40,000 young people across the county and reached thousands more via outreach, school assemblies and advocacy work. At Centre 33, we believe that the right help at the right time is essential to ensuring every young person has equal opportunity to thrive and become the person they want to be. No problem is too big or too small; we are here to listen and to help.

Supporting the mental wellbeing of Cambridgeshire pupils with expert arts-based therapies, unlocking children's potential to learn and be happy

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Blue Smile

Blue Smile provides a “whole school” approach for mental wellbeing, with both its extensive Menu of Services aimed at teachers, heads and groups of school staff, and one-to-one counselling and therapy for children aged three to 13. 

For children, we work using proven fun, arts-based therapies which engage the child in a non-threatening way, helping them to organise their feelings and process traumatic experiences. So far, our highly skilled therapists and mentors have helped over 1,200 children to be happier and feel better. 

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Wintercomfort is an information, advice, training and support centre in Cambridge for those who are homeless or vulnerably housed. Open daily throughout the year, we encourage and empower our service users to overcome disadvantage and to make positive, long term changes to improve their lives.

Today, the charity is the only day-time service in the city, providing year-round advice and support for an average of 750 homeless or vulnerably housed people each year. Over the past three decades Wintercomfort has continued to grow and adapt to meet the needs of the homeless community. All our work is Service User led, with 35% of our staff having accessed Wintercomfort’s services in the past and 49% of the team having lived experience of homelessness.

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The Cambridge Philharmonic

The Cambridge Philharmonic, founded in 1887, is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished music societies. It comprises both a full symphony orchestra and large chorus, allowing the staging of substantial works such as Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Mahler’s 8th Symphony in venues such as King’s College Chapel and Ely Cathedral.

The society’s members are drawn from in and around Cambridge and represent a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Many of these members generously volunteer their time to ensure the Cambridge Philharmonic remains successful.

Under the direction of Principal Conductor Timothy Redmond, the Cambridge Philharmonic performs a wide range of repertoire as part of its annual concert series, including an opera and selection of contemporary works.

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Arts and Minds

Arts and Minds uses the arts to help people living with mental health challenges.

Our courses are available throughout Cambridgeshire.

The evidence for the positive effects of creative activity is overwhelming.

Our programme of arts workshops are friendly and inclusive spaces for adults over the age of 18 who are experiencing mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression.

Led by a professional artist and a qualified counsellor, they offer the chance to explore working with a wide range of materials and techniques, including drawing, printmaking and sculpture.


Lifecraft is a user-led organisation for adults in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area who have experience of mental health difficulties in their lives.

We offer a wide range of free mental health services to help and support our Members in their wellbeing and recovery.

Our services include creative activities, recovery groups, social activities and employment and volunteering opportunities. We also have an Information Hub, a counselling service, a suicide bereavement support service, and Lifeline, a telephone helpline that runs 365 days a year.

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