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Funding awarded to Herne Bay’s Umbrella Centre

User AvatarPosted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 16/06/2014 15:53:10

An independent Herne Bay mental health charity has received support from NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The Umbrella Centre, which provides support for adults with mental health problems, has been awarded £1,954 from the CCG’s community fund.

The funding will go towards the cost of running an additional two-hour session on Wednesday mornings for the next year.

The Umbrella Centre provides support to people in the local community that have mental health problems and /or learning disabilities. It was established in 1985.

Sarah Hobbs, the Umbrella Centre’s manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this new Wednesday morning session to our Parasol members; the addition of this new session was requested by our existing Parasol members who wanted to be able to attend the centre specifically for a session where they can relax, chat and meet up with friends.

“The extra session means we can provide better access to support and help our members who need a calm oasis to come to. Community support is crucial in helping people on the road to recovery. Our centre can literally be a lifeline for people that are very unwell. Thanks to the CCG we are able to fulfil our member’s need which in turn enable them to participate more fully in the activities here at the centre and most importantly reduces the isolation they might otherwise experience.”

The centre offers people the opportunity to take part in activities such as art, music, woodwork and gardening. It also has a café where people can drop in to chat to staff or meet others that may be experiencing similar problems.

Claire Boraston, Head of Commissioning at NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, said: “The community fund aims to support the valuable work of local voluntary and community organisations across the area.

“I’m very pleased that we have been able to provide funding towards the Umbrella Centre’s additional sessions. It’s a sad fact that there is still quite a stigma attached to mental health illness. That’s why it is so great that we have local projects, such as the Umbrella Centre, that can provide people with much needed support in a safe and relaxed environment.”

For further information about the Umbrella Centre, visit www.hernebayumbrella.btck.co.uk or call 01227 370200.