Our Cafe is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. We are still open for project work and online orders for delivery & collection.
TUES          WED            THURS
Lunch deliveries 12-1pm order online
WED          THURS
Social pantry 10am – 1pm email us for more information
FRI
Online order collections 12-3pm order online
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The Umbrella Cafe CIC.
Find us inside Whitstable Umbrella Centre!
Enter via the yellow side doors.
Oxford Street, Whitstable Kent CT5 1DD - find us.

Phone: 07518 065801

Welcome to The Umbrella Café CIC, Whitstable

Our community cafe, social kitchen and project spaces all exist for the same purpose; to reduce social isolation, food poverty and food waste in our local area. We run not for profit and are accountable to our community. Four days a week we throw open our doors to welcome all in for lunches, home-made cakes and drinks. We have a gorgeous community garden, a cosy Cafe space and both are fully accessible. We welcome friendly dogs on leads. Behind the scenes we are funded to help us deliver our social impact by The National Lottery and Kent Community Foundation. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon. Come and grab a coffee and see what we have to offer.

Google Map of The Umbrella Cafe, Whitstable
Would you be interested in a volunteer opportunity with us and our Social Pantry project? 

We are looking for one more volunteer to help us on a Thursday in the Social Pantry, helping to process and bag up orders.

We are able to provide any appropriate training. We are operating all our projects with full Covid 19 risk assessments and procedures in place. 

Please contact our development manager Charlotte on <a href=talk@theumbrellacafe.co.uk for more information. . . . . #volunteers #volunteering #volunteeropportunity #socialpantry #socialproject #covid19secure #foodprovision #foodfriends #foodproject #whitstableproject #kentproject 📷 @clarerandellphotography">
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It really has been a week of people power 🙏

Aside from the incredible pull it all out of every bag the team has achieved to get the deliveries and collections off the ground, we've also been working really hard with our project development manager @this_girl_can_bake and our partners @foodfriendsuk to ensure the smooth running of the Social Pantry project. 

We launched this project in September, at the same time as reopening the Cafe. We invited everyone we supported during the first lockdown and throughout the Summer to engage with the Centre and our project work. We have built this project on values on empowerment, collaboration and engagement and we were determined to keep delivering sustainable & secure support through LD2. 

Some changes have had to be made to ensure it's fully secure and safe whilst we are in #LD2 but thanks to everyone's hard work and the dedication of our seven recently recruited volunteers, we have now increased our referrals and are supporting 136 individuals in our community. 

This is made up of 45 households; a mixture of families and older persons. This is a combination of households who are isolated and /or experiencing food insecurity. 

We would like to remind you that the Pantry is open to anyone who needs help accessing food for their household and our free frozen meals are available to pick up to anyone (you don't need to be accessing the Pantry to pick up the meals). Ask us in a DM or email us <a href=talk@theumbrellacafe.co.uk for more details. Thank you to @whitstableumbrellacentre for their continued supported in enabling us to deliver the project and to @faresharekent for providing us with surplus produce week in week out. This week we will be delivering free lunches & cakes to all our volunteers to say a small thank you for all their help and dedication! . . . . #socialpantry #accessgoodfood #foodisaright #foodforall #surplusproduce #volunteerled #volunteers #thebestteam #projectmanager #projectfunding #socialproject #socialenterprise #whitstabletogether #fareshare #onethirdoftheworldsfoodisnoteaten #feedbelliesnotbins #feedback #notforprofit #tnlfunding">
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