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  • Ashford and Tenterden Umbrella
  • C/O 1 Harmers Way Egerton, Ashford Kent TN27 9DN

Friendly volunteer team

Contact us if you can help


Organised day trips

Regular coach trips to local places of interest


Trained helpers

All volunteers are security cleared and trained


Arts and crafts

Calendar of local events



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Who we Are
Ashford Umbrella was founded as a charity in 1991 in Ashford as a result of a decision by the Government of the day that post-hospital care should be carried out in the home. more

Our aims are to provide…

  • a safe environment conducive to recovery.
  • support and signposting.
  • an open door service to all adult members.

And to…

  • support people to be independant.
  • facilitate people back into the community.
  • promote the “Six ways to Wellbing”
  • promote social inclusion.
Val French accepting a cheque on behalf of A&T Umbrella from Tesco's community Representative

Val French accepting a cheque on behalf of A&T Umbrella from Tesco’s community Representative

Donations from both individuals, Businesses, Trusts and foundations are vital to Ashford and Tenterden Umbrella to support the service we provide to the community.

All monies donated to Umbrella are used directly to fund existing and new projects which benefit the people who use our service.


The Umbrella Centre: Ashford
The Ashford Umbrella Centre is a registered Charity which provides an informal Community Service. It is open to everybody and particularly provides support to people with mental health problems. Umbrella is located in the Parish Rooms opposite St Mary’s Church in Ashford Town Centre.

Opening Days
Tuesday and Friday
10.30am to 2.30pm
Tuesday at 2.00pm to 3.00pm Singing group

Wednesdays:  of every week 10.30am to 1.30pm. 

Thursdays 11.00am to 1.00pm services, see (activities page)


The Umbrella Centre: Tenterden
At Tenterden we provide a similar service to Ashford Umbrella, but with the added facility of a door to door transport service for people who have physical, mental health, or problems with public transport services.

Opening Days: Service temporary suspended but intend to resume services in the near future.


Ashford and Tenterden Umbrella are part of the voluntary sector and our volunteers play a vital role in the service we deliver. We welcome applications from all members of the community to become volunteers.

If you have a skill or are creative in some way and think these qualities could be useful to Umbrella in organising an activity, day trips, craft sessions, helping in the cafe(Ashford only), giving support to members then please contact us for more information by telephone or by post using the contact details in our contacts page. If you want a volunteer application form please use the link in our contacts page.

Volunteers application form (PDF download)