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Chatty Wednesdays

REGISTER NOW - for Term 1, 2023

Chatty Wednesdays is a lovely opportunity to come along and meet people in a relaxed, casual environment held in or close to the wonderful A Pot of Courage Cafe at Barkly Square, Ballarat East.

Chatty Wednesdays 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 come along with who you care for, mums and babies, dads and babies, grandparents and babies, young people, older people and anyone in between! We are proud to be part of the Chatty Cafe Scheme.

Chatty Cafe Scheme FB tileWhen: 10.30 am - 11.30 am Wednesdays (during school term). In Term 1, 2023, Chatty Wednesdays will be held every Wednesday from 1 February until 5 April.

If you would like to register your interest in Chatty Wednesdays or find out more, please contact us or you can register now online.

Where: We meet at the large indoor community table inside Barkly Square, inside or close to A Pot of Courage Cafe, Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat East. 

Look out for the bright yellow signs!

Who: All welcome.

Cost: Free of charge. You can purchase a hot drink/snack from the cafe or enjoy a free cuppa donated by another member of our community from the Pay it Forward wall inside the A Pot of Courage Cafe (look for the postcards on the wall to the left of the main counter/cash register).

Purpose: The Ballarat East Neighbourhood House provides a space for this facilitated weekly activity which aims to offer a safe and welcoming group for people to come together and join in, advancing their mental health through connection and laughter. All are welcome to participate together in open conversation

Chatty Cafe Scheme - Keeping communities connected

Our Australian COVID experience has shown all of us the impact of social isolation and loneliness on mental health. The Chatty Café focus is very positive on bringing people of all ages and from all walks of life together in comfortable safe social venues to have a chat for as long or as little as they choose. It is Australian “mateship” culture at its best!

We’re not trying to build friendships – just simple interactions that may brighten someone’s day – along the way it might also combat social isolation and loneliness, which is a big issue in Australia. Research indicates one in four people experience a sense of loneliness and social disconnection every week.

Conditions of participation

  • Please read the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House Activity Terms and Conditions. You will be asked to agree to these upon registration for this activity.
  • All participants in Ballarat East Neighbourhood House activities must follow the current Statewide COVID-Safe principles.
  • If you are feeling unwell and/or have cold/flu symptoms please do not come to the activity.
  • Please sanitise your hands upon entry to and exit from Barkly Square. Hand sanitiser will be available.
  • Keep at least 1.5 metres from other people in the activity.
  • A Pot of Courage cafe at Barkly Square will be open if you would like to purchase hot drinks and food.
  • If you have any injuries or issues which may affect your ability to partipate fully in the activity, please arrive early and discuss with the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House team.


Please call Ballarat East Neighbourhood House on 0422 612 052 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Read an article about Chatty Wednesdays, the Chatty Tables and the Pay it Forward initiative in the Ballarat Times.

Also, an article about Chatty Wednesdays, the Chatty Cafe Scheme and the Pay It Forward initiative came second in the statewide Community Newspapers Association of Victoria (CNAV) Annual Awards on 6 November 2021. What fantastic recognition! Read the article below:

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