What happened next? Enter COVID 2020.

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by Shayne King & Kirsty Porter An umbrella is a useful and necessary item. It protects us and brings us together.  From April 2020 at Umbrella Dementia Cafés, it was all of these things and more.   This is the celebrated story of how our umbrella supported 50 families when COVID-19 hit our community in Melbourne and forced us into lock down, the …

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The First Regional Umbrella Café

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By Karen Harris On the 19th of November 2019, my husband David, and I opened the first regional Umbrella Dementia Café at Seawinds Community Hub in Rosebud, Victoria How did this come about you may well ask? As an ex-nurse, I was working as a Clinical Trial Project Manager in the pharmaceutical industry and made the decision to retire in September …