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Locally Supported by 

Wilfred & Hunter

Welcome to

UMBRELLA Dementia Cafes!

Umbrella Dementia Cafés are community developed 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 currently have one Umbrella Dementia Café operating in Blackburn, Melbourne, Australia.  Our second café will open at Koonung Cottage Community House, North Blackburn in March 2018.  
We welcome new couples and individuals every month.  

This Tuesday at out Blackburn Café we will be SINGING!  

Supported by the wonderful Dr. Yvonne Ho (AM), Director of Charteris Music School we welcome children form her school to perform for us and sing together our favourite songs for the 50’s & 60’s!  

Come Join us - 6th March 10am - 12 noon! 


RSVP by clicking here...


Watch the video below of our last SINGING Café on Sept 5th 2017!  It was so powerful, we moved the tables back and danced arm in arm!  We have a wonderful event planned on Tuesday come and join us.  


Please complete the RSVP form (at the bottom of the page).

For more of a personalised understanding of what we do,

please go to the CONTACT PAGE or click here

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 -