A GLOBAL initiative that connects communities and ‘gets people chatting’ will launch in Murray Bridge next week.

Country agency ac.care has partnered with The Haven Murray Bridge to host South Australia’s first Chatty Café on Thursday, August 3, hoping to brighten the day of residents while reducing social isolation in country communities.

The Murraylands community is invited to join the distinct yellow ‘Have A Chat’ table from 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Square every Thursday as part of the fun, social outing.

Community Connections Murraylands support worker Sheila Millington encouraged residents to come along and meet new people in a safe, comfortable social space.

“Building friendly social connections does not need to take grand gestures, it is often the simple and small things like a brief chat that can brighten someone’s day,” Sheila said.

“Our Chatty Café will provide that safe, social space where people from all walks of life can come together and chat for a minute or an hour – the choice is theirs.

“We know that forming these connections can take time and that is why we are going to meet weekly on Thursdays, allowing people to return or new faces to join in and simply have a chat.”

Sheila said the Chatty Café initiative was known in other communities across Australia and the world, providing visitors or people relocating to the region with a familiar way to connect to their community.

“We continue to learn more about how social isolation affects mental health and general well-being so we feel it is important to provide a regular opportunity for people to come together and meet new people,” she said.

“This aligns strongly with a core part of ac.care’s mission, which is for country people to have strong, positive relationships.”

The Chatty Café Murray Bridge will be held Thursdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Square, located at 2 South Terrace, Murray Bridge.

For more information, contact Sheila Millington on 8531 4900 or visit ac.care Murraylands at 29 Bridge Street, Murray Bridge.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
9am to 5pm
10:30am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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