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 charity, encourages all sorts of hospitality venues across Australia such as cafes, restaurants, clubs, pubs, community centres, libraries, etc to provide a shared Chatty table which is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers and “Have a Chat”. Chatty Volunteers, if requested by the venue, can sit at the Chatty table to help introduce the concept to customers and chat to them. We provide all promotional information necessary.
How the scheme positively impacts the community
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! Your chance to make a difference in your community and be acknowledged for it on the Chatty website and on social media.
For customers, a “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, if you’re a carer why not sit there with who you care for, mums and babies, dads and babies, grandparents and babies, young people, older people and anyone in between!
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 be invited to be 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
Chat Around Bayside – from 3 May – 9 June
Share in the joy of chatting and come along to a Chat Around Bayside event! Between 3 May and 9 June, Chatty Café will be on tour – hosting events at some stellar Bayside venues!
Bayside Citizen of the Year – Glenys Reid
Congratulations to Glenys Reid, our Managing Director, on being named Bayside Citizen of the Year 2022!
Having a chat and reconnecting Bayside
We’re expanding our program in Bayside – to help encourage Bayside locals to have a chat and reconnect.