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Locally Supported by 

Wilfred & Hunter

What we do each month 

Our café group is made up of couples and individuals living in the community who have been diagnosed with a dementia disease, such as the more common Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Lewy Bodies and Vascular Dementia.    

 

As safety is a priority for us, we require those who have mid-onset to late dementia, and still living in the community, to bring their support person.  The support person must stay for the whole café, taking full responsibility of the person they are care-partnered with.  

 

We also welcome people who have previously been on this caregivers journey and need extra support or feel a sense of belonging, especially if your partner has gone into residential care.

 

 

When we meet..

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 
One. Community Church,
184 Surrey Road, Blackburn, Melbourne.

 

 

We enjoy socialising, laughing and exchanging ideas about what’s happened over the past month and what it means to us, both as couples and as individuals, to live better at home with dementia. 

 

Together as a group we decide what is important to us and what activities we'd like to do at each café through conversations with the volunteers and surveys.  Before the next café event, the volunteer organisers and businesses do their best to facilitate and find resources that best suit us.

 

We ALWAYS welcome new individuals and couples to our peer-support group.  Please go to the contact us page if you'd like to attend.

Volunteers

All our volunteers receive informal training about 'what is dementia?', how to link into local support services and they all have an understanding of our abilities and needs. Volunteers recognise it's vital to work WITH us, not FOR us, to encourage independence, dignity, connection and movement during each café event.

 

We welcome ex-carers to our group too and retired care-givers who would like stay connected to their community.

 

We also have a strong volunteer group committed to providing a delicious and healthy morning tea each month.

Children

The children from the local primary school provide the enthusiasm, laughter and fun!  They are hands on the entire morning and are truly magical at every café. 

 

These children are crucial to our dementia awareness plight as they represent the beginning of a de-stigmatised dementia society.

 

The café maintains strict visitors policy and procedures to ensure the protection of the children.  

Music

Music bonds us as a group and is included in our program in two very important ways:

 

Firstly we are very lucky to enjoy 1:1 music therapy with local music therapist, Amy Thomas, who donates her time every month.  She works with individuals in response to emotional memory and wellness needs.

 

Second, we sing together and use music to truly bond us as a group, which of course creates a joyful morning tea experience. We look forward to a big Singing Café in September 2017 with
Dr. Yvonne Ho. AM  

Professional Education

Many dementia cafés around the world use health care professionals to visit the café and present about valuable information such as; dementia awareness, how to live better while living with dementia and what services are available to them in the community.  We too have started developing this aspect of the café's program with professionals presenting about respite planning, the importance of dancing, physical wellness, and incorporating creative activities at home.  

 

Professional Education sessions are person-centred at our cafés and resourced as we need them. 

Community Information

Umbrella Dementia Cafés are proud to display locally resourced brochures and information about support services offering more choices for you and your family.

 

After every month, the group of volunteers meet to discuss what resources we need as a group and kindly resource information for us to consider when we meet again at our next café.

 

This includes information about counselling services, referrals to GPs who understand our needs, home care support services and other organisations who are offering socialisation support services.   

Information Nights

Very soon, we will be releasing dates to invite the general public to a fund-raising information night.  This night looks to include Key Note Speakers and Influential Dementia Advocates.  Send us an email if you would like to know about this date as soon as it is released.  You can send an email through our contacts page or contact us on this email:

equiries@UmbrellaDementiaCafes.com.au