ABOUT UDC

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Our cafés are teams of local volunteers working together under one supportive umbrella facilitating greater connections between people living with dementia, their families and their community.

We believe the key to personal wellbeing is social connectedness. It’s about having a community support network around you, understanding, accepting and including you. It’s no different for people experiencing dementia.

Through our cafés we empower people living with dementia to regain autonomy, boost their self esteem and improve their wellbeing. Members enjoy new connections through shared experience, activities or values, and enrich existing connections in an environment that encourages genuine conversation.

We are educating and increasing awareness to improve the lives of not only our members, but the wider community living with dementia. Addressing stigmas, providing accessible information and reaching out to local businesses and community stakeholders is a key piece in the connection puzzle.
Living with dementia can be serious, but that doesn’t mean we need to take it seriously all the time. Playfulness and laughter is something that can easily be overlooked when you are experiencing dementia or in the care role, whilst adjusting to enormous life changes. We’re here to bring back the lightness where our community needs it, or provide a shoulder to cry on when you’re in need of an empathetic friend.
Umbrella Dementia cafés Ltd (UDC) is a registered Health Promotion Charity with deductible gift recipient (DGR) and registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission. Every donation over $2 is tax deductible.
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What is our Mission?

To empower people living with dementia.

Meet the Team

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Kirsty Porter

Founder, CEO & Director
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Rob Rees

Director & Co-Chairperson
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Jan Loughman

Director & Co-Chairperson
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Chris Porter

Director & Board Secretary
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Rebecca Thorburn

Finance & Operations Manager
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Karen Harris

Community Café Leader

Our café teams are Community Volunteers

Shayne King

"Umbrella Dementia Cafés", I thought at once how perfect was the name. It is as if a giant umbrella is open - welcoming us and inviting us to take comfort under it, knowing that we are all there - together. As we take each step on our paths UDC provides support, encouragement and connection. This is a gift that is rare indeed and is largely due to Kirsty who keeps us together and moving forward.

Vicki Barnes

Volunteering at the UDC has given me real joy, as it is so wonderful to see people with dementia and their carers enjoying a couple of hours, interacting together and also with the volunteers. It is one of the friendliest and most welcoming communities, who are benefiting so many people in their early stages of dementia.

Clare Gillan

The Umbrella Dementia Café for me is a place of Joy and Care. Joy for the welcome, fun times and togetherness we all experience. Care so readily given by all with the sharing of stories and experiences. We want to share this experience with any families where Dementia is a part of life. A warm welcome is guaranteed.

Rebecka Jacobs

I really believe in being part of the community and supporting each other. I fell in love with the Umbrella dementia community after donating morning tea to the Blackburn group.
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Volunteer

If this cause is as close to your heart as it is ours, you may wish to join our community of volunteers. Giving back in a meaningful way can be incredibly rewarding. You will actively be improving lives and contributing to the wider community of people experiencing dementia.

Please note that due to COVID-19 we are unable to take volunteer applications at this time. Sign up to our newsletter below for any updates.

Our goals are to help you stay connected to:

Yourself

We get to know and understand exactly what brings you joy, dignity and fulfilment. Volunteers are empowered to build activities that interest you, fostering a feeling of independence, belonging and autonomy

Your Family

Your partner, family and/or support networks are included in everything we do, and you both share the support and enjoy all the social activities. We believe that an informed, aware and strong family unit or support network is key for resilience and future care decisions

Your Community

We have the legal structure to create positive and functional partnerships within your local community, such as transport, education and equipment concessions, enabling you to live in the community longer

UDC Role Descriptions

As a participant you will have a role specific to your position within the UDC community
 
 

Our History

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