A VEGAN cafe has launched in Redditch to help people with their wellbeing and mental health.

The team at the Old Needle Works have unveiled a wellbeing cafe that sells solely plant-based food and drink, believed to be the first of its kind in Redditch.

As well as offering hot food, drinks and sandwiches, it is also a community space for people to meet and find out more about the mental health support available at the centre.

Visitors can also learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet for the environment and on wellbeing.

Elaine Grant, CEO at the Old Needle Works, said: "People were dropping into the shop to have a chat so we thought it would be nice to have a community space where they can have a sit down, a drink and a chat.

"We're a mental health hub and are passionate about looking after ourselves holistically to have good mental health.

"It has the double benefit to the community by being a relaxing space and is educational about how food affects your mood."

As well as vegan food, the cafe also offers resources to offer tips on mindfulness, as well as information on services provided by the team such as 1-1 wellbeing coaching, community learning, family mediation and parent support.

The cafe opened in November, but with many people adopting plant-based diets for 'Veganuary', more people will be trying out vegan products for the first time this month.

The cafe is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm on Britten Street, but is run by volunteers.

The team are on the lookout for people to volunteer, along with gaining food hygiene qualifications, so that opening times can be extended to the early evening and Saturdays.

To find out more about volunteering, email info@theoldneedleworks.co.uk or call 01527 69100.