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Interview on ABC Radio

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Our CEO, Kirsty Porter was interviewed on ABC Radio on 6th Sept, and we think she SHE NAILED IT! Listen to our CEO, Kirsty Porter’s fantastic 15min interview (1h.17min) with Trevor Chappell chatting about our wonderful Umbrella Dementia Cafés and our inaugural Dance Against Dementia fundraiser on Saturday 16th Sept, 2 – 6pm. We are so lucky to have Kirsty …

The Roads are Unmade and Unmarked

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Leannes’s story is one of heartbreak and resilience. Her’s is one of 6 in a series we published during Dementia Action Week 2022 called – Things I Wish More People Knew About Dementia. The Roads Are Unmade and Unmarked by Leanne Cull There are many illnesses that get a lot of publicity and about which most people are aware. We …

Happy 5th Birthday!

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Monday 25th October 2021 marked our 5th anniversary since our very first dementia café in Blackburn, Melbourne. See our wonderful Blackburn Café group here celebrating their 100th café Milestone in 2019! Before COVID & masks, oh such joy. In 5 short years, we are now in 5 communities and welcomed 158 people experiencing dementia with their family carer. It only …

“And please, look after yourself.”

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By Kirsty Porter It’s such a funny thing we’ve started to say to each other, isn’t it?   “Stay safe and please look after yourself!” If this image had sound, you’d hear very loud 90’s dance music. There, I said it – #vulnerablespace. This is what I do to look after myself. Funnily enough, I only remember to do this when …

Navigator Café

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A New Dementia Café in Sorrento!  We’re plugging into the Sorrento community and adding them to our growing network of social groups supporting families, couples and people living with dementia.   Building a brand-new Umbrella Dementia Café takes a village!  So, we’ve joined forces with the team at Sorrento Community Centre, the inclusive community experts, to create regular and informal social meetings, fondly …

Magic Happens

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By Nicole Wernert What happens when you combine a group of curious 10-11 year olds and couples living with dementia in a super social environment? Magic Happens There are not many people who aren’t aware of the hugely popular iView program Old Peoples’ Home for 4 Year Olds, and the incredible changes that were seen for both the aged care …

What happened next? 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 …

Friendship cafe

First Regional Café in Rosebud

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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 …