markThe Umbrella was a first for Berkshire and brought together professionals from The Ark Trust a local charity, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and potential members to deliver a user led friendship and dating service, with an integral sexual health, social skills and relationship education package.


The venture was originally made possible thanks to a Department of Health award, which provided initial funds to get the scheme up and running and a joint NHS, charity and service user team won an NHS leadership challenge.

The Umbrella was launched on Valentine's Day 2012 and continues under the management of The Ark Trust.


If you are interested in a supported friendship and relationship service please get in contact with us here or call us on 0118 380 0107.