The first cups of tea and coffee have been served at a newly extended cafe after a youth drop-in centre won a £25,000 Surrey County Council grant to pay for the work.
BFree Youth Cafe, which offers free facilities and mentoring to young people after school, was awarded the money by leader David Hodge.
Nearly seven months later Mr Hodge was on hand to officially open the extended cafe at the centre’s base in All Saints Church, Leatherhead, and a range of other improvements. These included renovating a section of the church used by the young people.
Around 100 young people, church vicar of Reverend Graham Osborne and the deputy headteacher of Therfield School Jeremy Garner were among those who joined Mr Hodge for the official opening of the AllSaints coffee extension.
The cafe is one of one of 29 schemes that have won cash from the Community Improvements Fund to help residents improve their local areas.
Mr Hodge said: “It’s fantastic to see how the money has been invested in continuing the great work the cafe does in the local community.
“The youngsters take responsibility for running the cafe, which gives them a great place to go after school for a cup of coffee or tea, internet surfing or some extra support.
“With older people dropping in for computer classes, the centre really is at the heart of the community and is a great example of the county council and residents joining together to make Surrey an even better place to live.”