About Crobs


Crobs’ Coffee & Chess is a project founded by Chris Roberton to connect people in the community and reduce feelings of social isolation.

As a person who has overcome many of life’s challenges, Chris understands the negative impact of social isolation and how difficult it can be to get out of the house and meet people. To reduce its prevalence in the community, he founded Crobs’ Coffee & Chess,  a service that provides participants with mental stimulation as well as the opportunity to socialise and have fun.

A fully inclusive group, Crobs’ offers social chess in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment that welcomes all members of the community both able bodied and those living with disability.

Crobs’ Chess meets weekly at Dome Cafe in Midland on Sunday mornings, Dome Cafe in Mundaring on Fridays and at Perth City Farm, Claisebrook on Saturdays. There’s no need to book. All are welcome to join in at any time, at any of these venues. Chess instruction is also available for those wishing to learn the game.

Staying true to Crobs’ ethos of the cultivation of connected, inclusive communities, in addition to running the chess meets, every Wednesday, Chris provides chess services for the residents of St Bartholomew House in East Perth, an organisation that assists WA’s homeless population, and also offers home visits to community members wanting to play or learn chess but are unable to make group meetings (subject to availability).

St Bartholomew’s House has awarded Chris Certificates of Appreciation three years in a row – 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Crobs’ team was also honoured as a finalist in the 2018 WA National Disability Services Awards.

Membership to Crobs’ Coffee & Chess is free. However, donations to support the continuation of this invaluable community service are very welcome.



Helping people with disability make positive moves

Keeping Social Isolation in Check!