Purple Angel Memory Cafe is back with a bang!

Torbay Weekly

Norrms McNamara, founder of the Purple Angel dementia awareness campaign:

After almost two years of closure due to the coronavirus, it gives me such huge pleasure to announce the Purple Angel Memory Café is to open once again.

The cafe at Barton Baptist Church in Barton Road, Torquay, will be opening for business on Saturday, September 18 at 1.30pm and will be open until 3.30pm with a great line up for all.

As well as the usual frivolities - including free entry to all, free tea, coffee, cakes and much more  - we are so very honoured to have the incredible local singer Peter Mac Dell to entertain us on what is going to be a wonderful afternoon.

You cannot believe how much I have wanted to write the above as the Memory Café in Torquay is such an integral part of what the Purple Angel campaign does in and around Torquay/Torbay by serving the community in many ways, not just dementia, but also providing a safe and non-judgemental place for people to come and have a great afternoon.

Plus, you do not have to have dementia to come!

We never turn anybody away and we know that loneliness can be a huge factor when dementia decides to strike so we are open for all and welcome all with open arms.

The café will now be in its eighth year and we are so incredibly proud to say that it’s all paid for by public donations to which the people of Torbay and around the UK we will be forever grateful.

It doesn’t cost our council a penny and we get no funding from Government, unlike some dementia charities, and what makes us stand out among most we like to think is that we are unusual as not one of us takes a wage for what we do, we are all equal and are all volunteers - from the chairperson to the newest volunteer - and we do what we do as we all have a incredible passion for helping others.

We look back to the day we first started the Purple Angel campaign over ten years ago now, when then, it was called the Torbay Dementia Action Alliance and after our first meeting, realised we hadn’t any funds so someone got a fruit bowl out and we all threw a few quid in.

As they say, the rest is now history as we are now known as the Global Purple Angel dementia campaign  and are recognised in more than 60 countries around the world, have more than 1,200 Purple Angel ambassadors in the UK as well as thousands across the world with heads of logistics in many different countries doing what we do here in the UK and sharing with the world how you can help those with dementia and for free.

Our motto is 'Inclusion and engagement' as we believe that all with dementia should be included in all aspects of life and that’s something we have stood by and practised all these years.

It's more important now than every that the people of Torbay know we are here for them as two out of the other three memory cafés in Torbay have closed temporarily.