MATES Cafe is a network of everyday people of all ages, cultures and ethnicity (including teens, elders and lgbt+) who are trained to support a person in crisis or isolation through our online and offline community, providing emotional support and encouragement.
Overcome Isolation and Loneliness
Isolation can lead to relationship violence, depression and suicide. MATES Cafe helps to eliminate isolation by supporting people through crisis such as relationship breakdown, loss, grief and loneliness. Meet with a MATE for the emotional support and encouragement you need to find new direction and meaning in your life.
MATES Cafe facilitators around the world are trained to be on call for someone in need. Being a good MATE and helping a person through a point of crisis in their life. Not about therapy, fixing them or giving advice but simply being there, really hearing them and helping them to find new direction.
"Meet with a MATE in our Online Community to find new direction and meaning in your life”
With the Emotional Support and Encouragement You Need
By having a diverse range of people from all ages, genders, occupations, ethnicity and cultures we are able to provide each person in crisis with the option of meeting with a MATE who more likely understands their individual needs and challenges.
MATES Cafe helps to facilitate people from a place of weakness to a place of strength. Many lives have been saved and thousands of crisis averted over a hot cuppa with a MATE at a local cafe or through our online community.
MATES facilitators are just like you and me, from all walks of life. They have all been through life's journeys, the ups and downs, pulled through the tough times and know how important it is to have a MATE to lean on. Many times our obstacles seem too hard for one person to overcome and just maybe they are so we can learn that we are stronger together.
"Never let a stumble in the road be the end of your journey"
Why Fill Out a MATES Form?
Firstly and foremostly we want to assure you that all information is treated with the strictest of confidentiality and only used to benefit effective operation of the MATES Cafe program. This information allows the MATES Organisation to create a win/win scenario for participants, members and management.
If you have any queries regarding the MATES form or insights and ideas you would like to share to help improve the form, please contact us.
What Information Are We Collecting and Why?
MATES Cafe needs to have an idea of your life experiences, skills and passion to help connect you together with like-minded people from all over the world, people just like you. This helps to expand your horizons and potentially help others that may be struggling to erase lonely.
Information collected helps us to create programs, events, courses and get-togethers, so we need to get an idea of where you live, your culture, age group, occupation, interests and availability.
MATES relies on your support. Please consider helping us with your time, expertise or financial donations. MATES TRUST NZ is a Registered Charitable Trust: RN CC 44541