A BUSY Rees Cafe celebrated its first birthday in Redditch last Friday by offering locals free cream teas and cakes.
The popular cafe, in Church Road off Church Green West, provides support and a safe space for those involved in foster care or social services.
One year on and the cafe is going from strength to strength, including its clothing shop, which offers free clothes to care leavers.
Speaking on its success, Project leader of Rees Cafe, Polly Jones, said: “We’re overwhelmed by the support of Redditch.
“The people of this town have really taken ownership of the cafe. I can’t imagine it not being here now.
“When we first opened our aim was to raise awareness about the support that people in care need and I think we have done that.”
Guests of Rees Cafe were treated to a live performance by volunteer Liam throughout the day.
Liam, who played the keyboard, said: “I decided to step in for my friend who was lined up to play but couldn’t make it.
“It was good to see everyone relaxed and enjoying themselves.”
Rees Cafe manger Helena Tonks, who was promoted in January, said: “The first year has gone so quick but it’s really nice to see the cafe continue to grow.”