“Come Sit At My Table” Meet the Artist with Chatty Café

Next Chatty Event: Part of the ‘Tablescapes’ Art Exhibition by Ebony Taylor Saturday 2nd September 2023 12pm – 2pm 26 Advantage Art Gallery (26 Advantage Road, Highett, VIC 3190) Come along, meet the Artist and enjoy a good chat and company. Refreshments and bubbly provided to all Chatty Cafe attendees! A bold, bright and joyful take on […]

Take action for Australia’s first Loneliness Awareness Week

Lonely Not Alone Loneliness Awareness Week Australia 7-13 August 2023 New research reveals 1 in 3 Australians from all walks of life feel lonely, however community misconceptions and stigma are preventing them from talking about it. Left unaddressed, loneliness can lead to reduced work productivity, chronic disease, mental ill health and even an earlier death. […]

2023 Global Loneliness Awareness Week

Check out the recorded video highlights of prominent speakers at the recent “Connections at the Capitol” event held in June at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. We heard from prominent thought leaders, change-makers, and advocates about current efforts to foster belonging and resiliency among our most vulnerable populations. Each June, partners at […]

June 2023 National Newsletter

Read our Chatty Café Australia quarterly newsletter here for all the latest news and updates.   In this June 2023 edition: Welcome from the Managing Director New Volunteer Manager appointed Loneliness research from around the globe Chatty arrives in Tasmania Chatty in South Gippsland Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House Eynesbury Community Connecting Communities to Care

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 […]