We did it
On 16th December 2017 we successfully raised £15,007 with 159 supporters in 21 days

To fund our first full-time work-space, and purchase of our own modular recording studio.

by BIRD in London, England, United Kingdom

BIRD offers free one-to-one creative sessions which improve and sustain young people’s well-being. Please help us crowdfund this Christmas so that we can work with many more young people.

Find out why we're fundraising below - and check out our great present ideas! We have even recorded this original Christmas song with some of our young artists and made a cheeky video to promote the campaign... Please spread the word! This Is Christmas (click to watch)


We now know that 75% of mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, are established before the age of 24. We also know that creativity improves and sustains mental wellbeing – in fact this summer a ground-breaking white paper (the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report) was published, saying exactly that. Meanwhile arts teaching is being cut in schools across the UK.

It doesn’t really add up, does it?

For just over two years now, BIRD (Charitable Incorporated Organisation, No.1161054) has been successfully building creative mentoring relationships with 16-25 year olds, improving and sustaining their wellbeing using the songwriting and recording process. In 2018 we plan to establish a permanent work-space with our own recording studio, and develop our mentoring programme for young people across the arts.


About BIRD:

BIRD is unique in terms of the amount of time we offer each of our young artists. Investing time in an individual communicates to them that they are valued, increasing self-worth and confidence. Our mentoring sessions are specifically one-to-one. The nature of creativity, the time and it takes and the honesty it requires, make it the perfect environment for building relationships, is a natural incubator for growing trust and rapport.

BIRD stands for Brilliance, Integrity, Relationship and Delight – the values by which we work. Expressing yourself, being heard, being valued and delighted in, being validated in your creative gifts, being trusted, respected and appreciated in genuine relationships are all part of BIRD's process, and all have a significant role in improving and sustaining wellbeing.

Currently BIRD operates out of a small recording studio-share off Hornsey road, Islington, London. Young people are referred to us by charitable organisations and our networks, and sometimes through the recommendation of our existing artists.


Track record:

It has been so rewarding to see BIRD artists flourish and grow over the last two years. Recent highlights for our young artists have included airplay of a track developed in the BIRD studio on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6 Music, and an opportunity for one of our artists to work with legendary producer John Kelly (Kate Bush, Chris Rea, Deacon Blue), which came about when our friends Tileyard Education came across her music featured on the BIRD website.

Why we’re crowdfunding:

We currently share our work-space and we’ve grown to the point where we need much more studio-time than is available to us! We need to raise funds so that we can move in to a new work-space and to install our very own, full-time, sole-use recording studio

Our young artists come from all over London - from Kilburn to Peckham, Tower Hamlets to Croydon. We need to be flexible to meet our young people’s needs by being able to offer them a regular slot, and sessions at short notice. Having our own work-space and studio will allow us to do this.

Our new work-space, which is on the border of Camden and Islington, has been offered to us at a charitable rate.The full cost of the move and studio purchase is £40,000. We have set £20,000 as our first goal. When we reach our target of £20,000 we will still need to fundraise to ‘matchfund’ the rest.


Grand plan:

Having our own work-space and studio will give us capacity to work with multiple mentors, meaning many more young people will benefit from our one-to-one creative sessions. Themodular studio solution represents a long term investment, i.e. if we ever need to move, we can take the studio with us, instead of having to leave expensive infrastructure behind.

We will let the new studio commercially in its down-time, starting us on the path to self-sustainability - the holy grail for any charitable organisation!

We want to replicate the model we have begun in London across the UK:

  • Start with a part-time space
  • Grow the number of artists (stimulating the need for more sessions)
  • Find a local partner to let us a full-time space
  • Establish a studio and other creative facilities so we can let them commercially
  • Increase number of sessions available, therefore number of artists we can work with
  • Recruit multiple mentors to deliver sessions
  • And..... repeat!

Please help us to change young people’s lives today. 

Please pledge here, and share our crowdfunding page this Christmas.

Thank you for your support!

Neil Phillimore, BIRD Founding Director

Stephen Richards, Sarah Barron, Kath Cockshaw, BIRD Trustees



Neil Phillimore, Founding Director of BIRD,has been writing and recording music for 30 years. He has a Diploma in Sound Engineering, has had his own music used commercially and worked with Producer Paul Pilot, engineering music used in the Oscar nominated film ‘An Education’.

Neil has been working intensively as a mentor and producer with BIRD's young artists since 2015, developing a portfolio each of them can be very proud of. 

If you have any questions or comments about BIRD, please write to Neil at neil@bird.org.uk.

Some of our rewards:

'This Is Christmas'

NEW Christmas song performed by 6 of our artists: 

 Barry Cawston Prints

Limited edition: The End of the Rainbow. 

50 x 38cm photographic print of Banksy’s new piece Angels made on the wall in Bethlehem. Limited editions  6/100  - 10/100 

Limited Edition: Do Robots; Dream Of Peace? 

50 x 34cm Barry Cawston Print 

Limited editions 6/100 - 10/100

Limited Edition Print By Contemporary British Printer and Artists Chuck Elliot:

T-Shirt/ Bag Blue Design

By street artist Naomi Edmondson



T-Shirt/Bag  Yellow Design

By street artist Naomi Edmondson



Just Be You Hoodies (printed on back Images coming soon!)

By street artist Naomi Edmondson

Walthamstow Wetlands Water bottles:

Walthamstow Wetlands Travel Coffee Cups:


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

This Is Christmas

MP3 of This Is Christmas - the fabulous original Christmas Song performed by some of our young Artists AND The Big Thank You!

£3 or more

Got To Be In It To Win It

Buy a raffle ticket to be in the draw to win The BIRD Bonanza - That's all the rewards! (donation value of £1000) AND The Big Thank You!

£5 or more

The Big Thank You

Thanks on all our social media and your own (selfie) 'I support BIRD Video' on our website Wall of Friends and MP3 of This Is Christmas - The fabulous original BIRD Christmas song

£6 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Water Bottle

Robust and handy, water bottle from the Walthamstow Wetlands. Great stocking filler!

£6 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Travel Coffee Cup

Coffee on the go. Handy travel coffee cups from Walthamstow Wetlands. Great Stocking Filler.

£10 or more

Songs For The Sea And The Sky - Pearl Fish EP

Exclusive Pearl Fish Ep. Five beautiful original songs by BIRD artist Pearl Fish Recorded with BIRD in our one-to-one sessions AND The Big Thank You!

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Meal For Two At Walthamstow Wetlands

A meal for two at Walthamstow Wetlands a new nature reserve recently opened to the public. (NB: The voucher does not include drinks). The Larder runs the Engine House Cafe situated in the historic and locally-listed Engine House at Walthamstow Wetlands. The menu is changed regularly with a focus on quality wholefood ingredients from small local producers wherever possible.

£20 or more

Kids JustBeYou Hoodies

Exclusive Just Be you soft feel hoodies

£20 or more


Exclusive T-Shirt designed by street artist Naomi Edmonson (Survival Techniques)...PLUS MP3 of Original BIRD Christmas song This Is Christmas (performed by some of our BIRD artists AND The Big Thank You!

£25 or more

Christmas In The Bag

Exclusive Tote Bag designed by street artist Naomi Edmonson (Survival Techniques)... PLUS MP3 of Original BIRD Christmas song This Is Christmas (performed by some of our BIRD artists AND The Big Thank You!

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Stunning, Morris & Co Design, Quilted Throw

Large, cotton mix, quilted throw featuring Morris & Co’s Golden Lily pattern. Retails at £54.95. Only one so grab it quick! A beautiful Christmas gift.

£40 or more

Just Be You Hoodies!

We now can offer you high quality hoodies with Naomi Edmondson's Exclusive Just Be You design on the back! Really fabulous item!

£40 or more

Tee and Bag

Exclusive T-Shirt and Bag designed by street Artist Naomi Edmonson (Survival Techniques) plus Mp3 of original BIRD christmas song This Is Christmas AND The Big Thank you

£50 or more

2 of 1 claimed

Beautiful Silk Chiffon Scarf

Handmade in the UK this silk chiffon scarf features Morris & Co’s iconic Seaweed design and retails for £69.95 Just one So grab it quick!

£50 or more

Music and Fashion

Exclusive Tote Bag and t-shirt designed by street artist Naomi Edmonson (Survival Techniques)... Plus Pearl Fish EP on CD; Plus MP3 of Original BIRD Christmas song This Is Christmas (performed by some of our BIRD artists) AND of course The Big Thank you!

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Banksy's 'Angels', Prints by Barry Cawston,

Available £50 cheaper than anywhere else: there are 5 of these spectacular limited edition Barry Cawston prints available! ‘The End of the Rainbow’ is a 50 x 38cm photographic print of Banksy’s new piece Angels made on the wall in Bethlehem. Limited editions 6/100 - 11/100

£100 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Limited Edition Print: Do Robots; Dream Of Peace?

Limited Edition prints from photographer Barry Cawston: Do Robots; Dream Of Peace? 50 x 34cm Limited edition 6/100 - 10/100

£150 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Two Nights in Edinburgh.

Friday & Saturday night stay for two, in a beautiful Flat in central Edinburgh. Not Vaild for August. Dates will of course be reliant on availability.

£150 or more

8 of 10 claimed

Stu-Stu-Studio Time

Day to record in the BIRD Recording Studio (max 9hours) and The Big Thank You

£250 or more

Living Room Gig

Have the fabulous BIRD Artist Pearl Fish come and Play a private gig for you and your friends in your living room! PLUS The Big Thank you!

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Tileyard Studio Special

A day recording in the fabulous studio facilities of Tileyard Education located near Kings Cross in the largest professional music community in Europe . Where the likes of Chase and Status, Mark Ronson and Sigala all have studios. Take advantage of the Large live room; ideal for bands! One Day Up for Grabs So get in Quick!

£500 or more

Say It With A Song

A beautiful original and personal song about you or for a loved one... No more unique and beautiful a gift to give (although unfortunately would not be ready for Christmas) AND of course The Big Thank you

£1,000 or more

The BIRD Bonanza

All of the above rewards in one mahoosive beautiful big bundle of love. WOW!

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