Step Inside at Mission Café

Posted on: July 05, 2018

On a regular basis Your Bromley likes to step inside a business based in the town centre, this time we've sat down with Mission Café's own Agneska, based in The Mall.

What is the Mission Café?

The Mission Café is a dementia friendly destination that has a warm and friendly environment where you can sit, relax and enjoy delicious snacks and drinks.

Tell us about you:

I was born in Radom, Poland where I studied Food Technology and Economics at university. I came to the UK back in 2002 to study English and decided to make it my home. Amongst various jobs, I ran my own cafe in Orpington for over 10 years which was a great success and had a fantastic customer base. In 2015 I decided to sell my business and take some time out to relax and travel. I joined Mission Cafe in December 2016 as Cafe Manager.

Tell us about Mission Cafe in The Mall and what you are proudest of

Mission Cafe was opened in January 2015 as a space for everyone to enjoy but with a particular focus on providing a safe and comfortable environment for those who might need a little extra support. Mission Cafe is a dementia friendly cafe and is, in fact, the only dementia cafe in the UK open six days a week. I am proud of Mission Cafe’s commitment to the local community. We know many of our customers by name and pride ourselves on making everyone feel valued and welcome.

What do like best about Bromley?

I think Bromley has something for everyone – food, drink, shopping, theatre, gyms – the list goes on! I am also encouraged by the work it is doing to become a dementia-friendly High Street and I hope that other local communities follow suit.

Why eat / drink here?

As well as selling quality, delicious, affordable food and drink, we are proud to say that our coffee really does help. Proceeds from the cafe contribute to our Improving Lives programme, a community initiative launched in 2017 to help residents in our Mission Care care-homes enjoy a range of activities. A meaningful activity session is vital for not only creating and developing social interactions and experiences, it also helps to keep those living with dementia active, feel appreciated and part of a community.

Any career advice?

Set your goals and work hard to achieve them. Nothing good ever came easy as they say, and I am a firm believer that hard work and dedication will always pay off.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I would love to be managing multiple Mission Cafes across London and the South East and helping even more people feel supported.

How do you relax?

When I have the time I enjoy meeting friends, eating out and spending time with my partner. I work hard during the week, so weekends are my time to relax.

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you or in the Mission Café?

One of the most memorable moments at Mission Cafe has to be when one of our customers wrote a song about us, all the way from South Africa! Clive is a customer of ours when he visits family in Bromley and was so moved by our cause that he recorded a song and sent it to us. For those who would like to listen, you can find it on our Facebook page, @missioncarecafe – enjoy!