CAFÉS

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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

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All Umbrella Dementia Cafés are built on four core principles:

CHOICE

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.

CONNECTION

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.

AWARENESS

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.

INCLUSIVITY

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

PHYSICAL CAFÉS

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Cafe Locations


Blackburn  |  Umbrella Café

One Community Church, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn
Opened in October 2016, the Umbrella Café was our first and still is our largest cafe group. It's also the home of our longest serving volunteer team, including volunteers who initially attended the café as carers themselves. This group meets fortnightly on a Tuesday morning and welcome a large number of people who live with dementia and their family carer to enjoy social activities and share practical tips on how to cope better with dementia.

Burwood  |  Chatworks Café

Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre, Middlesborough Road, Burwood.

Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre by Frasers Property Australia and Umbrella Dementia Cafés share a passion to build responsive and inclusive community environments. Together we've created an onsite dementia café for people who’ve recently been diagnosed with dementia and their care-partners to join our supportive and fun social group. We meet for afternoon tea every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month in The Hollows, level 1 alongside to the award winning roof top garden. We share stories, have a laugh, support each other and meet fellow locals who want to live well with dementia.


Box Hill South  |  Café Of Connections

Box Hill South Neighbourhood House, 47 Kitchener Street, Box Hill South
This group have called themselves ‘Café of Connections’ after launching in August, 2019. Since then, they meet every fortnight on a Tuesday morning. This group is 6 couples and 8 volunteers strong and are proud of their close knit community connections. This group enjoys using the whole the Neighbourhood House for their café so you can hear the laughter and conversation where ever you are.

Rosebud  |  Friendship Café

Seawinds Community Hub, 11a Allambi Avenue, Rosebud

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,
Sorrento

Building an Umbrella Dementia Café during COVID takes a village!  The interest in this café was so great it was successfully launched online in Sept 2021 while we were in lockdown! Since then 8 volunteers have we have supported over 30 couples. They are a brave and proactive bunch who immediately connected over their shared life experiences. This fun group meets every second Thursday for morning tea and often spread out into the garden at the Sorrento Community Centre.

Burwood  |  Cafe Title

Bennettswood Neighbourhood House, 7 Greenwood Street, Burwood
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Volunteering

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.