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Posted 3/10/2018
The moment I found out! The moment I found out!
SUCCESSFUL! We received the highest votes in our area for the Pick My Project campaign, an initiative funded by the Victorian Government to support projects that are run by local community. 
Congratulations to the other 236 successful project ideas from across the state who will share in $30m in funding to help their projects idea become a reality.  

THANK YOU to everyone who voted for the Umbrella Dementia Cafes in our local community! We are one of 25 successful projects in the Eastern Metro Region and one of 237 successful projects Victorian wide!

Our allocated $75,500 will be dedicated to sustaining and building up our current cafes at One. Community Church and Koonung Cottage Community House, but more significantly will assist in delivering a training program to help other community houses build their own dementia cafés, bringing together a more connected, stronger, united Umbrella Dementia Cafés family. 
It’s also a massive win for the little humble community cottage in Blackburn North and to the two beautiful ladies Donalda and Carolyn who run it.   Having trialed the Cafés for only 6 months, both Donalda and Carolyn saw how this idea could positively impact other community houses, not least to draw in a most isolated group of people back to community.   It has been a terrific joy for us witnessing new couples living with dementia embrace Koonung Cottage as their 'safe place’.  We've also enjoyed the marvellous feeling of connecting a group of local volunteers who share the same passion; supporting their most vulnerable local elders living with an isolating disease.   Koonung Cottage Community House - you are a little gem!
Our first Cafe!Our first Cafe!
It has been a great honour a privilege to be a part of the Umbrella Dementia Cafes and now, we have a precious resource to allow us to connect more people & more communities to our Umbrella Dementia Cafes family!
On behalf of every couple, family and volunteer who attends each and every cafe - THANK YOU! 
Your efforts and precious votes have made us stronger, and will make us even strong yet! A truly marvellous day and a great win for people living with dementia! 
Click here to go to the PICK MY PROJECT webpage to see how we faired.

With Love, Kirsty Porter 
Founder & Director UDC