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Westgate Youth Project is a not for profit organisation that  runs The Umbrella Club, a targeted provision for young people aged 10 – 19 with hidden disabilities; defined as any disability that is not immediately apparent upon meeting the young person, for example ASD, ADHD or Mental Illness. Westgate Youth Project adheres to the social model of disability, by removing barriers to access and achievement.

  The overall aim of the project is to provide a safe, nurturing and positive environment where young people with hidden disabilities, aged 10 – 19 can meet, socialise, make new contacts and friends, learn and cultivate a sense of belonging in an informal setting.

Young people are able to build positive healthy relationships with other young people with whom they have many things in common.

The Umbrella Club is open every Thursday evening at Westgate Community Centre, in Westgate on Sea. The project is funded by Children In Need and The Henry Smith Charity.

Registered Charity Number 1176956








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The Umbrella Club

For young people aged 10 – 19 with hidden disabilities

















*** COVID – 19 UPDATE ***

As of Thursday 19th March The Umbrella Club has suspended all face to face youth work sessions, until government advice changes.


This is a challenging time for all of us, if you have any concerns for yourself or another young person and would like to talk it through with someone, please feel free to share your concerns with us.


You are able to contact us through our social media pages 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WestgateYouthProject/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/westgate_youth_project/

Twitter – @WestgateYP

or via email – paula@westgateyouthproject.co.uk

We are currently working away in the background to get our virtual youth club sessions up and running.

Stay well and stay safe

From the Westgate Youth Project Team








Westgate Youth Project relies on grant funding, donations and the fund raising efforts of young people, staff and volunteers.

We are delighted that The Umbrella Club has been selected to take part in the  Co – op Local Community Fund. This is a great funding opportunity for the project and all funds granted will be used to facilitate workshops for young people. They will be able to learn new skills and access new opportunities while developing a sense of belonging and becoming part of a community. To support us all you need to do is follow this link:

 https://www.coop.co.uk/membership become Co – op member and choose Westgate Youth Project as your cause





















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The Umbrella Club

For young people with hidden disabilities

Every Thursday

Age 10 – 14 –  6 – 7.30pm

Age 15 – 19 – 7.30 – 9pm


At Westgate Community Centre

Lymington Road

Westgate on Sea CT8 8ES

For more detailed information, click Get Involved at the top of the page



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