Our Cafés Are Social Peer Support Groups
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 supported social groups (cafés) which are located in local community houses, churches or lifestyle clubs.
To protect the integrity of our café, our members request that health care professionals attend by invitation only please. Of course, all aged care and organisational brochures are very welcome.
Umbrella Dementia Cafés Are Designed For
Individuals with early to mid-onset dementia
People living with all types of dementia & any age
Spouses & carers to meet, share knowledge, resources and support
People who complete the registration phase before attending their first café
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 sense of autonomy, choice and personal agency. We promote independent choices following the ‘to do with, not for’ philosophy.
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
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Blackburn | Umbrella Café
Burwood | Koonung Café
Box Hill South | Café Of Connections
Rosebud | Friendship Café
The Friendship Café opened on the 19th November 2019, welcoming over 35 people to this new café program on the Mornington Peninsula. This café has been so successful it influenced the launch of another Umbrella Dementia Café in Sorrento. The Friendship Café community are proud of their strong community connections, value meeting new people, love to have fun, are proactive in both sharing experiences and supporting each other. They meet every fortnight on a Thursday morning and have access to the Community Hub's adjoining gardens.
This cafés is currently full. Please get in touch to go on the wait list.
Sorrento | Navigator Café
Sorrento Community Centre, 860-868 Melbourne Road,
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.
Volunteers directly support people living with dementia in our café through 1:1 or group activities and are fully supported at every café.
We always aim for a high ratio of volunteers in each of our cafés,
so please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
You will be improving lives and contributing to the wider community of people experiencing dementia. Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of our connected team.