Phone: 01227 767660
Centre: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Cafe: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm

Community Centre – Canterbury

Providing Social Mental Health Support

Canterbury Umbrella is a Community Hub that provides a place for people to come and relax, meet friends and receive support from our staff, volunteers and other members.

We have been supporting people from our purpose built premises since 1989 and we believe that we are an integral and important part of the Canterbury Community

Our members are at the centre of our service. They are actively involved in the management of Canterbury Umbrella and are encouraged to develop and work towards their own personal recovery with support from staff, volunteers and other members. 

Anyone can become a member of Canterbury Umbrella and membership is free.  There are many benefits.

You will always receive a warm welcome at Canterbury Umbrella. We never turn anybody away.

We run many regular classes and groups that provide support and stimulation in a planned and responsive way. These have continued virtually throughout the Covid period and have proven to be of huge benefit to many of our members.

You don’t have to be a member to visit us at Canterbury Umbrella. Why not just come and see what’s going on? You can always become a member later.

Remember that you can see everything that’s happening at Canterbury Umbrella by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Individual Help & Support

We’re here to help
If you’re finding things difficult or are a bit lonely why not call in?

We would love to see you. EVERYONE is welcome. We never turn people away.

You don’t have to be a member to come in and see us.

Remember…you can always call us for a chat on 01227 767660

What's On

Wake Up to Yoga

These ‘Covid safe’ face-to-face sessions take place every Monday in our big function room and are facilitated by Linda. This is a great way to start the week and make new friends whilst experiencing the huge benefits that Yoga provides. There is a small charge for this session.

When: Every Monday 10-11amMore details

Gardening with Peter

We are delighted that Peter will be restarting his gardening club in July. More information to follow

When: Every Monday 10-1pmMore details

Walk and Talk with Martin

This is a great way to meet new friends and enjoy a bit of exercise at the same time. Everyone is welcome even if you have trouble walking very far. We chat about everything under the Sun! Most people come back for lunch at the Social Health Cafe Please check our social media platforms or […]

When: Occasional Tuesdays at 10:30 amMore details

Wake Up to Yoga: Virtual

These sessions which are facilitated by Monica, offer you a chance to wake up in a calming manner and start your day with some positive mental wellbeing by having the opportunity to stretch your body and get ready for the day.

When: Every Wednesday 9:30-10:30amMore details

Express Yourself Through Drama

STOP PRESS: Currently the group are in rehearsal for their production at Marlowe studio on Oct 29/30 – New members welcome in Nov – come along and see the show!! £7 tickets available from Marlowe Box Office Group is Drama is a great way to gain self confidence and to express your feelings. These sessions […]

When: Every Wednesday 1-2pmMore details

Blended Wellbeing – Calls

Lots of people are finding it difficult to leave the house at the moment, but our highly experienced staff are always here to give you friendship, support, and guidance. We can phone or text you whichever you prefer. Just contact Anna on 01227 767660 for more details or send an email to:

When: Every Thursday & Friday 9am-12pmMore details

Cooking with Rob and Friends

Our cookery presentations on Facebook live have been taking place throughout lockdown They are very popular programmes and offer cheap and healthy recipes to try. Recently we have been linking the recipes to the content of our food packs so that viewers can make a healthy meal under Robert’s guidance, using the ingredients that are […]

When: Every Tuesday at 11 amMore details

Food Packs

Food packs are available for anyone who needs one to collect every Wednesday lunchtime. The contents link into our Facebook Live cookery presentations. All we ask is for a small donation of whatever you can afford. If you would like to request one please phone us on 01227 767660 or email

When: Every Wednesday from middayMore details

A new member of staff

We are delighted to welcome Mark Willis to Canterbury Umbrella. He will be supporting Anna as a Mental Health Support Worker on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Mark has extensive experience in supporting people’s mental health and in addition, is a Mental Health First Aid Trainer. We are very excited to be welcoming Mark and I […]

When: 1st June 2021More details
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How to Support Us

There are  many ways in which you can  support Canterbury Umbrella

Why not become a Friend?

It’s very easy to donate.

We always love to welcome volunteers.

…Or why not just come and have a coffee or a bite to eat in our Social Health Cafe?

Please take a look at the website or contact us to find out more.

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Anna - Centre Manager

Social Health Cafe

Our Social Health café provides high quality inexpensive meals and snacks that are cooked by our experienced chef in a 5* hygiene rated kitchen. It is at the heart of the building and EVERYBODY is most welcome.
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Umbrella cafe

Function Room / Cafe Hire

Our large function room is available to hire alongside our cafe area and some smaller function rooms. We are fully Covid secure and hire prices start at just £15 per hour.
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Meeting room hire

Our Funders

Lottery Community Fund Canterbury City Council Percy Bilton Edward Gostling Foundation Kent Community Foundation Kent County Council Collyer Ferguson Trust Social Enterprise Kent