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Locally Supported by 

Wilfred & Hunter

Welcome to

UMBRELLA Dementia Cafes!

Umbrella Dementia Cafés are a not for profit committee of volunteers.  Together we facilitate peer support groups for people living with dementia and their carers to share experiences over morning tea, enjoy each others company and learn more about what it means to live well with dementia together.
Come and see how by simply sitting down with a cuppa at our café will help with you feel like you’re not alone.  
Are you are living at home in Melbourne with early to mid-stages of dementia and starting to feel the isolating effects of social disconnection? Please come and join us for morning tea.  
Together we talk about what is most important to us (more laughter!), how to stay connected to family and how to navigate our complicated Australian aged care system.  We also comfort each other about the unexpected loss of friendships, share professional referrals, and we are now starting to understand how to alter our homes slightly to make life easier. 
We welcome new couples and individuals every month.  




We hosted a wonderful movie night at the Palace Balwyn Cinema on the 10th May 

Click Here to see the photos of our night 





The money raised allows us to take the next step and register our social enterprise organisation with the Australian Charities & Not for profits Commissions.  

For more of a personalised understanding of what we do,

please go to the CONTACT PAGE or click here


Wow! What a successful night we had on the 10th May raising a massive $2396 that will now help us register our social enterprise organisation with the Australian Charities and Not for profit Commission! 


From everyone at Umbrella Dementia Cafés, we want to say a giant thank you for you support last Thursday in attending our first movie fundraising night.  Tully was certainly an emotional, thought provoking movie and I certainly shed a few tears upon reflection of the journey that the movie took me on.  


We would like to once again say a big thank you to our sponsors for the evening who donated some fantastic raffle prizes, and to the Blackburn South Community Branch of Bendigo Bank for their fantastic donation of $1,500 towards our organisation. 


We look forward to hopefully seeing you at our next fundraising event so please watch out on social media and our website page.  


If anyone would like to know more about what we are doing, or would like to donate their time or some food for a café either at (Koonung Cottage or Blackburn One. Church) , then please do let me know.  We could not run our cafés without the support of our volunteers and the generosity of the local community.


Kirsty Porter and Nicole Bruhn
UDC Fundraising Team


Our Facebook Page advertises a lot about what we are doing and allows us to stay connected to each other.  

Our Shop

In partnership with The Age Of, Umbrella Dementia Cafés is pleased to announce we are selling Kathryn Harrison’s award winning children's book to raise money to support our café programs.  


We are please to announce that 100% of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Umbrella Dementia Cafés to purchase more equipment and resources for the cafés. 


Please purchase these books online in our Shop.  Umbrella Dementia Cafés distributes in Australia only.

Thank you for making a difference. 



A young girl and her Nana hold a special bond that blooms in the surroundings of Nana's magical garden.


Then one day, the girl finds many weeds in the garden. She soon discovers that her beloved Nana has Alzheimer's Disease; an illness that affects an adult brain with tangles that get in the way of thoughts, kind of like how weeds get in the way of flowers. As time passes, the weeds grow thicker and her Nana declines, but the girl accepts the difficult changes with love, and learns to take-over as the magical garden's caregiver. 


 - Kathryn Harrison, Author & Illustrator -