We believe having a chat can brighten your day
The Chatty Cafe Scheme aims to get people chatting to build and encourage social connections within the local community, and to help reduce social isolation and loneliness.
Keeping Your Community Connected!
Find a Chatty Cafe near you
What is The Chatty Cafe Scheme?
The Chatty Café Scheme Australia, a registered ACNC charity, encourages all sorts of community-focussed hospitality and social venues across Australia to provide a shared Chatty table which is where customers/participants/residents can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers and “Have a Chat”.
Our Chatty venues are cafes, restaurants, clubs, pubs, wine bars, community centres, neighbourhood houses, libraries, Op shops and Aged Care residences. Chatty venues can choose to have a Chatty Volunteer to act as an “ice-breaker” for their Chatty table and help customers feel very welcome and less isolated or lonely.
We provide all promotional information necessary to set up a Chatty Table and provide social media information of our Chatty venues locations to enable community members to participate.
How the scheme positively impacts the community
Venues: If you are a community focussed venue this is the opportunity for you to support your local customers to connect socially in your safe and comfortable location for a friendly chat – for a few minutes or longer -whatever suits the customer and the venue! Your chance to make a difference in your community and be acknowledged for it on the Chatty website and on social media.
Customers: Feeling a bit lonely or socially isolated due to your circumstances? Don’t worry -everyone has their down days! Please come join a Chatty Table in your community – our “Have a Chat” table keeps communities connected and brings people together … everyone is invited! If you’re on your own, in a couple, with a friend, a carer, person with a disability, mums and babies, dads and babies, grandparents and babies, young people, older people and anyone in between!
Volunteers: Please join us to “make a difference”! If you are a good chatterer and a good listener we need you! If you can volunteer one or two hours a week to help facilitate conversation at a local Chatty venue near you and help our Chatty Customers to brighten their day, and most likely yours too, please join us!
What they say
“I don’t consider myself isolated, but I’m looking forward to going to one of these, just to chat to people I don’t normally chat to, and be part of the escape from the ‘glued-to-a-screen’ culture”Jane Dent, United Kingdom
“As owners of a café open during Covid, so many customers have now thanked us for staying open and how important it has been to them to be able to chat with us and other customers while they waited for their orders – we never realized before how important our role is in connecting the local community”Yves & Kaz, Éclair Boulangerie Patisserie, Hampton St, Hampton.
“Suburban café success is based on being connected with the local community. In return, it is important that we actively participate in, or give back to, our community whenever we can. Providing a table for a few hours a week to a scheme such as “Chatty Café” is a simple yet wonderful way to engage further with our local community”Evan Packer, Paperboy Coffee Bar, Hampton St, Hampton
“ I was thrilled to become a volunteer for Chatty Café. To be able to meet someone who I don’t know in a friendly café environment and have a chat over a coffee at a dedicated table. What I have learnt is how important we are to each other. That need to be connected to a community. It is a privilege to be part of this start up right here in Bayside. Can’t wait to be sitting opposite someone new to me and share a chat. Let’s begin… . It ticks all the boxes for being human. “Cecilia – Chatty Volunteer, Bayside, Victoria
Our latest news
Our youngest volunteer – bringing Chatty to aged care and retirement homes
Our youngest volunteer, Laura Kemp (just 16 years of age!) is making a difference to the lives of Mornington Peninsula residents living in retirement and aged care homes.
Chatting about men’s health and loneliness
Glenys chats with David Butcher from 3mFM about combating loneliness and social isolation.
The Economics of Loneliness
This podcast, featuring our Managing Director – Glenys Reid, explores the trend of loneliness across Australia and the globe and the increase of this following the COVID induced lockdowns.