In 2016, we were founded with the purpose of improving the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Inextricably linked to these people are their carers, family and community. We thought, what better way to harness and expand on these connections than through a café? An environment where people can come together for some relief, fun, conversation and shared experiences.
We achieved this by establishing intimate, volunteer-led social groups (cafés) which are located in local community houses, churches or lifestyle clubs.
The second iteration of this concept evolved from necessity with Covid-19 making it impossible to meet in person. We are now meeting online, which comes with its own perks such as joining in the community from the comfort of your own home. Each of these virtual groups are designed to decrease the feelings of isolation and keep those connections strong. Members also have access to WhatsApp groups so they can chat throughout the week and these have proven to be very popular.
Umbrella Dementia Cafés actively support these venues to provide the best café experiences possible for our members. In order to join, please register below. We would love to meet you.
All Umbrella Dementia Cafés are built on four core principles:
For people living with dementia, autonomy is often one of the first things lost. The activities and programs in each café are designed for members to rediscover their autonomy - They are encouraged to make independent choices following the philosophy ‘to do with, not for’
We open up the conversation about dementia and socially connect people in a positive, safe environment. We encourage members to collate ideas of living better and longer at home through shared knowledge, technology, research and innovation. Members are also connected with professionals or local businesses when needed.
Everyone involved in the community receives information and education about dementia, our cafés, how dementia diseases can be supported and what services or programs are available locally. We use the community in its entirety to bring about this awareness; including young people, local businesses and large national organisations.
We provide environments that adapt to people experiencing dementia- not the other way around. The café community understands how to include and engage with people living with dementia and is actively educating the volunteers, members and local businesses in how to do the same.
What to Expect
Blackburn | Umbrella Café
Blackburn North | Koonung Café
Box Hill South | Café Of Connections
Rosebud | Friendship Café
Sorrento | Sorrento Café
Burwood | Cafe Title
If our 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.