There’s A New Café in Town!

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Chiltern is the new hot spot for a new regional Umbrella Dementia Café! The Chiltern Neighbourhood House will house and host us as we begin to establish, co-design and develop another one of our peer-support social groups for couples and families living at home with dementia.

Do you live in the Chiltern area (Indigo Valley, Beechworth) and want to meet new friends who are living similar challenges and have the same questions as you? Please register to attend, we’d love to meet you.

We would like to invite 6 – 8 couples to attend our demonstration dementia café on the 16th August for afternoon tea. You’ll meet the people in your community who have previously lived experiences caring for someone with dementia, and the people who have the influence to make this dementia café sustainable. 

Tuesday 16th August 2022

1.30pm – 3.30pm
Complimentary Afternoon Tea
Chiltern Neighbourhood House
11 Main Street, Chiltern

RSVP essential as we have capped the attendance number to achieve an optimal dementia café experience.

Umbrella Dementia Cafés create safe, welcoming, and supportive environments for communities experiencing dementia. This includes:

  • Couples experiencing dementia – including the person living with dementia and their spouse or adult child,
  • Individuals with early to mid-onset dementia,
  • People with or without an Aged Care Package (as we are not government funded)
  • People living with all types of dementia at any age, and
  • Volunteers

Kirsty Porter (the CEO and founder) will be personally hosting this demo café and is thoroughly excited to be back in rural Victoria. Kirsty grew up in the Goulburn Valley and didn’t hesitate to put her hand up to travel to the neighbouring beautiful Indigo Valley and meet you all!

It takes a village

Community Dementia Cafés need the WHOLE village, so we need everyone involved. If you see yourself as someone who can actively support this café group, please get in touch. We plan to host a follow up community conversation after this café and create a co-design partnership with you, the local Chiltern Community.

So, if are you a

  • local florist who wants to donate flowers to the cafés tables once a month?
  • local mum & dad who would like to donate a plate of afternoon tea once a month?
  • local volunteer who would like to help set up and support the this new social group?
  • person who has collected memorabilia from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s and would like to donate them to this new social group? Yesteryear objects always create marvellous stories and act as terrific icebreakers!
  • local enthusiastic fundraiser who know how to pull off a a pub quiz, movie night, sports event or even a bake sale? , or a
  • local philanthropic family who believe we are the right charity to support? 

We want to hear from you!

Our Volunteer Community is 40 people strong, and counting!

A friendly note to local health professionals and aged care organisations…

Allied health care professionals and aged care organisations are very important to us, but we’d like to respectfully ask local health professionals and aged care organisations to NOT attend.

Our Umbrella Dementia Cafés follow a peer-support and social ‘village model’ and not a clinical or medical one. However, we would LOVE to receive all your brochures. 

We work closely with national peak bodies, allied health care and aged care organisations outside of the café meeting. We will have a table allocated for local organisations to add their brochures so café members can take what they need, when they need it.

We actively encourage families in the care-giving role to share their experiences with allied health and aged care organisations.

** Funded by a very kind Philanthropic Foundation who care deeply about Rural Victorians and want to provide them with more dementia social supports.

Umbrella Dementia Cafés a Health Promotion NFP Charity (with DGR). We are funded by friends from our Philanthropic Trusts, Grants, community donations and through the sales of our very own dementia-friendly online products, developed during COVID-19 lockdowns.


To empower people living with dementia across Australia by improving social connection and well-being.

A special thank you to our community partners for helping us build something very special for the Indigo Valley community.

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