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Westgate Youth Project runs The Umbrella Club, a place for young people aged 10–19 with hidden disabilities, which are defined as any disability not immediately apparent, such as ASD, ADHD or mental illness. The aim of the project is to provide a safe, nurturing and positive environment, where young people with hidden disabilities can meet, socialise, make new friends, learn and cultivate a sense of belonging. They are able to build positive healthy relationships with other young people with whom they have many things in common, share experiences and make their voices heard without fear of ridicule or discrimination.
The project provides the opportunity for young people to meet, socialise, make new contacts and friends, develop a sense of belonging and become part of a community. We provide opportunities for members of the local community to become involved through volunteering roles, while the project is also a place for parents and carers to make new contacts and friends.