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Locally Supported by 

Wilfred & Hunter

About Us

Staying Connected to

Self, Family and Community

 

 Simply, we are a community of volunteers helping our

elders living with dementia to remain connected to each other,

their families and the community they live in. 

 

Through our research and personal experiences, we found that fear, frustration, guilt, shame and evasive behaviours were contributing factors to an individual or a care-couple becoming socially disconnected following a dementia diagnosis.   Having connected social community networks are crucial to individuals wanting to overcome social isolation and, we believe the whole community needs to be involved to make this happen.   Through greater awareness and using a wider community  involvement in these cafes, we can support couples cope with the psychological and physical changes they’ll experience while living with dementia.

 

Together we are learning to talk openly about dementia diseases, we encourage people to exchange phone numbers and chat between cafés, we laugh over funny new behaviours and of course we openly cry about these life changes.  

 

Speaking to local small businesses

We occasionally invite business and organisations in our café who aren't directly related to the care industry.  In this idea, we are encouraging awareness and understating, and opportunity for our community members to learn from each other.   We are all learning how to adapt business to be dementia-friendly, be inclusive, feel safe and learn what it means to live with dementia, all while enjoying a cuppa and enjoying activities together.   These wonderful small local business help us stay open by donating equipment and resources. 

 

 

Program Development 

After our first café in 2016, we realised this group wanted to stay connected, but wanted to include everything that was important to them, not the traditional health care organisation.  

 

The answers to these questions allowed us to plan an entire program for 2017 with huge successes.  It has kept us focused, connected and motivated to positively impact our community.  We will continue to do this to ensure autonomy and person-centred cafe programs. 

 

7th February 2017 Café7th February 2017 Café 

 

The Psychosocial Model 

Since hosting the first dementia café in 2016, we've become more confident in our belief that localised psycho-social support groups play a crucial role in promoting a persons emotional and spiritual well-being while living at home with dementia, or caring for someone with dementia.  

 

We've also recognised through our own experiences, our community is healthier when we are socialising and connecting in multigenerational environments.  This is why we actively look to the European dementia café model in our own community.  Also, through the valuable support and mentorship of our sister cafe in Norfolk, England, we have actively shared and inspired each other to have best practise and best outcomes to support our own local communities.   

 

Since we first opened our doors on the 25th October 2016, a great deal of interest has been generated for other organisation to create their own dementia cafes.   It didn’t take look for us to see the potential we had to positively impact other local communities.   

 

We are now partnering with other local community organisations to develop their own dementia cafes using our micro-economic psychosocial model.   And, we are making this happen in 2018 by becoming Australia’s first dementia cafes Social Enterprise Organisation charity!  This way we can develop and sell innovative  products and services under our umbrella organisation, committing 100% of the profits to directly develop and support new dementia cafes in a community near you.  We believe this is a sustainable solution towards creating lasting change in our communities. 

 

With the encouragement and support of community leaders we aim to continue these dementia cafés to de-isolate our elders and de-stigmatise our community, while at the same time moving towards being a dementia-friendly town.

 

But we need your help to get lift off!

 

Each café event is supported by both the generous support and donations from our local community, and with the $5 entry fee from guests, we can purchase next month's equipment and activities.  

 

Our aim to make these cafés free to all our guests in 2019, but we need you help and support to achieve that.  Your donations are very important and contribute in a very positive way.

 

Go to our donations page to see how just your small donation can  keep us supporting our vulnerable elders.

  

Finally, through the sale of our gorgeous book Weeds In Nana’s Garden by Kathryn Harrison, we have been about to purchase equipment for our new cafes opening in 2018.  

With 100% of all profits generated by the purchase of this truly valuable book, you are directly impacting the lives of people living with dementia.  Weeds in Nana’s Garden is aimed at children under 12 to help them better understand dementia in their family.  Go to our shop to purchase online.

 

This video was made after our first anniversary of the café to raise money for our Volunteers Training Program to develop and help build more sustainable cafes

 

 

Fundraising 

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