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Who are Umbrella Dementia Cafés?

Umbrella Dementia Cafés is a Non For Profit Charity (with DRG) organisation established to improve the social health of families experiencing dementia.  Umbrella Dementia Cafés relies on philanthropy, fundraising and community grants to operate.  


For three years, 100's of families have visited our cafes every month to enjoy support, friendship, laughter, all while sharing tips, tricks and ideas about how to live well with dementia .  Our families include both the person living with dementia and their support person. 


With the onset of COVID-19 we moved our café social groups to an online forum.


Now, every month we host 14 online cafes ensuring all our families stay connected, which has never been more important.  


If your would like to be a part of our growing community of online cafés, please email




Our charity has been built on the passion and enthusiasm from our multiple volunteer teams who are determined to improve the social health and well-being of people living with dementia within our local communities.


We believe wholeheartedly in Choice, Connection, Awareness and Inclusivity


Our Umbrella Dementia Cafés provide safe and encouraging social environments for couples living with dementia, where people can meet others in a similar situation, share ideas, support one another, and take part in joyful café activities.


If you are living at home in Melbourne with early to mid-stages of dementia and starting to feel the isolating effects of dementia, please contact us so we can link you into a local social group.
We welcome new couples and individuals every month.
Please email us and request a registration form - email


Organisations we work with

For more of a personalised understanding of what we do,

please go to the CONTACT PAGE or click here

Our Facebook Page has a brilliant way we stay connected to our community.  

We have lots of fun photos and stories to share with you.

Our Shop

Umbrella Dementia Cafés is pleased to announce we are selling Kathryn Harrison’s award winning children's book to raise money to support our café programs.  


We are please to announce that 100% of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Umbrella Dementia Cafés to purchase more equipment and resources for the cafés. 


Please purchase these books online in our Shop.  Umbrella Dementia Cafés distributes in Australia only.

Thank you for making a difference. 



A young girl and her Nana hold a special bond that blooms in the surroundings of Nana's magical garden.


Then one day, the girl finds many weeds in the garden. She soon discovers that her beloved Nana has Alzheimer's Disease; an illness that affects an adult brain with tangles that get in the way of thoughts, kind of like how weeds get in the way of flowers. As time passes, the weeds grow thicker and her Nana declines, but the girl accepts the difficult changes with love, and learns to take-over as the magical garden's caregiver. 


 - Kathryn Harrison, Author & Illustrator -