Join the Chatty Cafe movement

Reach more customers and keep your community connected

We would love all community focused social and hospitality venues across Australia to designate a Chatty Table. Venues include neighbourhood houses, community centres, libraries, cafes, restaurants, pubs, wine bars, aged care residences, hospital cafeterias and schools.

Add your venue to take part in the Chatty Cafe movement for just $40 AUD (inc. GST) per year.

“It’s uplifting watching people connect and develop friendship...”
Chatty Café venue

Why join the scheme?

Benefits to venues joining the scheme include:

  • Community recognition that you are a venue that cares for and keeps your local community connected, helps build social interaction and reduces social isolation
  • Potential for increased footfall
  • Customers may stay for longer & purchase more, as they have somebody to chat to
  • Repeat business
  • The opportunity to attract more customers outside peak hours
  • Great promotional exposure via our website
  • Newspaper, Radio or local Council articles/items
  • Social media – boosting your corporate social responsibility by facilitating people coming together in your venue, in your local community.
  • Chatty Membership for Aged Care Residential Venues offers a range of options that each venue can decide on individually when joining, dependent on Covid restrictions and venue choice. NOTE: Just specify in “Chatty Table times” which of the below suits your facility including :
    • Residents visit external venue/s only– your residents attending external commercial or community based Chatty venues
    • Closed to the Public – Chatty Volunteers coming to your venue (with appropriate medical/regulatory certification)
    • Open to the Public” – external community members visiting the venue “Have a Chat” events “

After registering to join the scheme, the venue will receive a very lovingly put together pack which contains:

  • 4 table signs to put on your designated “Have a Chat” table(s)
  • 2 A4 laminated posters allowing you to write table times/days
  • 1 x A3 laminated poster allowing you to write table times/days
  • Window stickers and 10 x brochures 
  • Your venue will be listed on our website and social media
  • [Optional] Opportunity to have a Chatty Volunteer sitting at the Have a Chat table at a regular time/date on a weekly basis to support introducing the concept to your customers. We arrange, if available,  for a Chatty Volunteer’s to sit at the “Have a Chat” table to help kick start conversations and encourage more visitors to the table.

Having your venue on the Chatty Cafe website means that more customers will find out about you and it shows you care about strengthening community connections. You will instantly become part of a national scheme to reduce loneliness and social isolation and get people chatting!

How do the Chatty Tables work?

As the venue owner, you choose which table to provide and what time it is available for customers to connect and have a chat.

It could be as little as an hour a week on a chosen day or even all day every day! Venues are encouraged to set up “Have a Chat” table with our Chatty Café placing a table sign on it provided in our promotional material during your chosen day and time, in an easy to locate welcoming location in the venue. 

Using our other promotional material you can place the window stickers and posters on your venue window/s to assist customers be informed when they might want to come and join others to have a chat! 

“I’ve loved seeing people still chatting HOURS later.”
Chatty Café venue

Venue FAQs

If your question is not answered here just contact us and we’ll be more than happy to provide some personal help.

Chatting is such a simple concept but so important for mental and physical health. Loneliness can seriously impact a person’s sense of wellbeing and cause a range of disorders including anxiety and depression.

It’s easy to become a Chatty Café host just by adding your venue to our website for a small fee. Once registered we will post you a promotional pack and send other electronic information with everything you need to set up and maintain your Chatty Table. Click here to register

Chatty customers might be people on their own, in a couple, with a friend, carers, people with a disability, mums with new babies, students, parents with babies and kids, grandparents, people of all ages and from all demographics. Everyone is welcome!

We encourage you to promote your Chatty Table with your existing customers and display the promotional materials included in your pack. This approach often generates a positive, word of mouth style promotion within your community.

You should also post about your Chatty Table on your social media channels, to raise awareness of the day(s) and time(s) your Chatty Table is available. When you do post on social media, be sure to tag Chatty Café Australia (see links below) and use the hashtag #ChattyCafeAUS.

Facebook link: @chattycafeaustralia
Instagram link: @ChattyCafeAUS

Venues are also listed on our website and advertised on our social media and promotional materials. This provides great publicity for each venue. Local papers, radio stations and councils are often keen to promote Chatty venues – so it is worthwhile approaching them to see if they’d be interested in showcasing your Chatty Table.

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