25th Anniversary press release

Umbrella​ ​Centre​ ​Press​ ​Release​ ​(25th​ ​Anniversary)
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The​ ​Canterbury​ ​Umbrella​ ​Centre​ ​will​ ​be​ ​holding​ ​a​ ​25th​ ​Anniversary​ ​celebration​ ​on​ ​20th​ ​October​ ​combined​ ​with the​ ​launch​ ​of​ ​their​ ​new​ ​branding,​ ​created​ ​by​ ​Canterbury​ ​design​ ​agency,​ ​Dodgems​ ​and​ ​Floss,​ ​who​ ​chose​ ​to support​ ​the​ ​centre​ ​as​ ​they​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​draw​ ​more​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​its​ ​existence.
It’s​ ​been​ ​25​ ​years​ ​since​ ​the​ ​centre​ ​opened​ ​their​ ​doors​ ​to​ ​the​ ​people​ ​of​ ​Canterbury​ ​at​ ​St​ ​Peter’s​ ​Place​ ​near Westgate​ ​Towers.​ ​The​ ​building​ ​opened​ ​in​ ​1992​ ​as​ ​a​ ​response​ ​to​ ​the​ ​closure​ ​of​ ​the​ ​long​ ​stay​ ​mental​ ​health hospital,​ ​St​ ​Augustine’s.
The​ ​drop-in​ ​centre​ ​provides​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​haven​ ​for​ ​local​ ​residents​ ​with​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​issues,​ ​learning​ ​difficulties​ ​and anyone​ ​feeling​ ​isolated​ ​within​ ​the​ ​community.
A​ ​wide​ ​range​ ​of​ ​activities​ ​are​ ​on​ ​offer​ ​to​ ​visitors,​ ​from​ ​arts​ ​and​ ​crafts,​ ​karaoke​ ​and​ ​table​ ​tennis,​ ​to​ ​pool,​ ​yoga, fitness​ ​classes​ ​and​ ​day​ ​trips,​ ​to​ ​name​ ​a​ ​few.
Their​ ​Job​ ​Club​ ​and​ ​Adult​ ​Education​ ​classes​ ​help​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​residents​ ​to​ ​take​ ​positive​ ​steps​ ​towards​ ​their careers​ ​and​ ​there​ ​are​ ​drop-in​ ​surgeries​ ​where​ ​people​ ​can​ ​receive​ ​one-to-one​ ​advice​ ​on​ ​mental​ ​health, wellbeing​ ​and​ ​benefits.​ ​The​ ​aim​ ​is​ ​to​ ​aid​ ​individual​ ​progression​ ​and​ ​create​ ​an​ ​environment​ ​conducive​ ​to recovery.
Historically​ ​the​ ​centre​ ​has​ ​been​ ​funded​ ​by​ ​KCC​ ​but​ ​this​ ​all​ ​changed​ ​three​ ​years​ ​ago​ ​when​ ​the​ ​funding​ ​process was​ ​changed​ ​to​ ​a​ ​strategic​ ​partnership,​ ​resulting​ ​in​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​reduction​ ​of​ ​financial​ ​support​ ​for​ ​the​ ​charity.
Despite​ ​this,​ ​they’re​ ​still​ ​going,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​part​ ​of​ ​that​ ​is​ ​due​ ​to​ ​loyal​ ​supporters​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Sainsbury,​ ​Morrisons, Tesco,​ ​Nandos,​ ​Kent​ ​University,​ ​Canterbury​ ​College,​ ​Marks​ ​and​ ​Spencer​ ​and​ ​Dulux,​ ​plus​ ​many​ ​more.
This​ ​year​ ​has​ ​also​ ​seen​ ​a​ ​record​ ​number​ ​of​ ​students​ ​from​ ​Kent​ ​University,​ ​Canterbury​ ​Christchurch​ ​and​ ​local sixth​ ​forms​ ​volunteering​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Millennials​ ​Breaking​ ​Barriers​ ​group-​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​students​ ​to interact​ ​with​ ​the​ ​charity​ ​but​ ​also​ ​receive​ ​support​ ​themselves.
The​ ​Umbrella​ ​Centre​ ​is​ ​extending​ ​their​ ​anniversary​ ​invite​ ​to​ ​all​ ​Canterbury​ ​residents​ ​to​ ​come​ ​and​ ​celebrate with​ ​them​ ​on​ ​20th​ ​October​ ​from​ ​12​ ​noon​ ​and​ ​meet​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​people​ ​who​ ​have​ ​been​ ​helped​ ​by​ ​their dedicated​ ​volunteers.
To​ ​find​ ​out​ ​more​ ​about​ ​the​ ​Umbrella​ ​Centre.

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