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
The Umbrella Club
For young people aged 10 – 19 with hidden disabilities
The Umbrella Club will be closed on Thursday 12th December due to the General Election taking place at Westgate Community Centre.
*** COVID – 19 UPDATE ***
As of Thursday 19th March The Umbrella Club has suspended all face to face youth work sessions, until government advice changes.
*** GETTING THROUGH THIS TOGETHER***
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.
*** WE ARE STILL HERE ***
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking into setting up a closed Facebook group for our regular members to stay in touch and access information, advice and activity ideas. We will be in touch when it is 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
The Umbrella Club
For young people with hidden disabilities
Age 10 – 14 – 6 – 7.30pm
Age 15 – 19 – 7.45 – 9.15pm
At Westgate Community Centre
Westgate on Sea CT8 8ES
For more detailed information, click Get Involved at the top of the page