Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre is managed by a group of annually elected volunteer trustees who regularly meet to ensure that the charity is fufilling its charitable aims and is financially secure.
There are two paid part-time office administrators who manage the office on a daily basis on behalf of the trustees: Charlotte Philip who works Monday - Wednesday and Sally Newell who works Wednesday to Friday.
We rely on a small but dedicated group of volunteers without whom we would not be able to run.
Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre is a vibrant community resource at the heart of our town where friendship, support and opportunities are available to all, come rain or shine.
Our work is driven by a desire to be:
expansive: over forty groups regularly use our high quality spaces provding opportunities for people and their families to keep fit, learn new skills, access support and build firm friendships
supportive: profits from the hire of the building allow us, and our volunteers, to provide a minimum of 15 hours of activities a week which are free of charge to individuals and groups within the local community
accessible: we are more than venue but a community of people who support one another's interests. We offer reductions to charities working in the local area and support people looking to launch something for the benefit of the local neighbourhood
For well over thirty years it has been our aim to preserve the physical, mental and emotional health and stability of the local community without prejudice. We achieve this by working to ensure an expansive and holistic range of activities are available from the centre. In partnership with commercial hirers who run activities on our premises, our staff and volunteers who run activities and community ventures we provide space to free of charge; we aim to help people:
Keep fit by providing yoga, keep fit classes, walking groups and martial arts
Learn new skills by running IT training, genealogy classes and arts/craft sessions
Support their family by providing music, sport and arts activities for all ages
Get help by providing housing and mental health advice surgeries
Make friends by providing a safe and inclusive space where people can share their passion for books, film, crafts, politics or sport
Grow their business by providing local markets, workspace and a community cafe
Find focus by providing volunteering and work experience opportunities
Access services by proving free and impartial signposting to local services