Mornington Peninsula – A Chat a day in May

Jacky Howgate attending a Mornington Chatty Cafe session

Our fabulous team on the Mornington-Peninsula are running “A Chat a day in May” promotion – with opportunities to chat at a Chatty Table each day in May. Below are the upcoming events – come along to one, or all, and brighten your day!   Wednesday 24th May Commonfolk, Mornington. 11am-12pm Rosebud Library. 10am-12pm   […]

Our impact in Bayside

In 2021-22, Chatty Café partnered with Bayside City Council and the Inner South-East Metropolitan Partnership to support the roll-out Chatty Cafe in Bayside. The project was successful in engaging with more than a hundred Neighbourhood Houses, libraries, local cafes, restaurants and new parent groups. The Chatty Cafe roll-out was very popular among customers, volunteers and […]

Grill’d fundraiser in Bayside

DINE FOR A CAUSE SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT Calling all our Chatty community in Bayside – we need your help! Chatty Cafe Australia is one of this month’s Local Matters partners at Grill’d Hampton. Every month Grill’d split $500 with three groups to put towards their cause as part of their Local Matters program. Here’s how […]

Boosting your well-being with a chat – new research

Good news for Chatty Cafe participants, with recent research finding that just one quality conversation with a friend boosts your daily well-being. What a wonderful reason to come along to our Chatty Tables! The study “Quality Conversation Can Increase Daily Well-Being” was published in the journal Communication Research by University of Kansas professor of Communication Studies […]

Chatty news from Mornington Peninsula

An update from our Chatty Cafe team in the Mornington Peninsula by Gaynor Ridley and Jacky Howgate March has come and gone and in Melbourne I guess that means our long summer days are gone and we’re heading into Autumn. I’m back in the UK for personal and professional reasons and have really missed my […]

Meet our fabulous volunteer Ron

Chatty Cafe volunteer Ron with his guitar surrounded by a group of Chatty Cafe participants playing musical instruments

Chatty volunteer Ron (pictured with his guitar) does a wonderful job bringing enthusiasm and musical passion to the Melbourne Bayside venues where he volunteers three days per week at Highett Neighbourhood Community House, Cheltenham Community Centre and Castlefield Community Centre. Ron recently told us “The reason I joined Chatty Cafe was to bring my professional background from cross […]

Why we do what we do – the research

By Helen Boulton National Chatty Ambassador Following on from my last article, I thought it would be interesting to explore the idea of why humans actually feel lonely and why we seem to have this inner drive to connect with other people. I think that this is particularly pertinent now after we have all been […]

Our youngest volunteer meets Federal Minister

Chatty Cafe’s youngest volunteer 16yo Laura recently met Peta Murphy MP, Federal Member for Dunkley to discuss aged care table host volunteering with Chatty Cafe! Chatty aged care table host volunteers have a passion for supporting the wellbeing of people in aged care and are interested in facilitating social connections. We’re looking for people who love working in a […]

Chatty Cafe Welcomes New Board Members

An illustration of the sun, with yellow rays coming out of the sun. Text inside the sun reads Welcome New Chatty Cafe Board Members

The Board of Directors is expanding to embrace a diversity of age and experience. We recently welcomed incoming Board Directors Sue Barrett, Max Affleck and Mike Jensen who bring a wealth of experience to Chatty Cafe. Sue’s always been a champion for equality, climate action, integrity and the common good tracing her activism roots back […]

Homegrown at Bayside – foodie event – 23 April

Chatty Cafe will be at Council’s Homegrown at Bayside as part of  Autumn Fest — Fun for Foodies When: 23 April, 12pm- 6pm Where: Royal Avenue Reserve Event link: Join us for an afternoon for foodie fun including farmers market stalls, lawn games, face painting, live music, tie dye t-shirt station and more.