A NEW community cafe has launched in Kidderminster in support of the Rees Foundation charity for care leavers.

The Rees Cafe was officially opened in a listed building in Exchange Street on Friday (March 8) by Mayor of Kidderminster Martin Stooke.

It aims to offer a safe social space for all - with rooms to hire - while also supporting care leavers through free meals, volunteering opportunities, confidential advice and a wardrobe of donated clothes and accessories for job interviews.

The cafe features a tearoom, book shelf, vintage homeware for sale, and a parent and children's room.

Project manager Sarah Saunders said: "Our main aim is to offer a welcoming safe space for everybody.

Kidderminster Shuttle:

"It's something a bit different to your average coffee shop. It's accessible to everybody - we do a bargain brew for 50p, or we have a range of different hot drinks and cakes, and a specials board that changes everyday."

The cafe, which is partly run by volunteers, opened its first branch in Redditch last year.

Sarah said: "There's no where else like this in Kidderminster. Locally there are a lot of care leavers in the area.

"In general if you've had care experience you might not necessarily have that family or friendship support network. The Rees Foundation will try and fill those gaps."

The Rees Cafe is looking for volunteers and donations of clothes and accessories for its care leavers' wardrobe.

For more information search Rees Cafe on Facebook.