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Chatty Wednesdays

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

When: 9.30 am - 10.30 am Wednesdays (during school term). Proposed start date for Term 1, 2022 to be confirmed.

Please note that, in the interest of providing a safe environment for our staff, volunteers, participants and the Barkly Square community in the current COVID-19 situation, we are currently considering when to start Chatty Wednesdays in Term 1, 2022. We will be contacting registered participants to gather feedback about what best suits those involved.

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

Where: During the warmer weather, we meet at the large outdoor table in the internal Barkly Square Courtyard, across the hallway from A Pot of Courage Cafe, Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat East. 

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.

Vaccination Requirements: Please note that it is a requirement of entry to the Barkly Square building that all people aged 12 and over are double vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical exemption. The building is managed by BGT Jobs & Training on behalf of the Victorian Department of Education. 

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

Chatty Cafe Scheme

We are registered as part of the Chatty Cafe Scheme.


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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