A community cafe in Kingswinford, Dudley, is brighter and more welcoming to customers following a weekend makeover by volunteers from black country firm Higgs & Sons. The team of 13, led by insolvency solicitor Oliver Ward-Jones and Laura Westwood, a solicitor in the dispute resolution team, painted the Lunch on the Run café, hallway and serving area, working late into the night over two days.

Higgs & Sons’ support came as part of the law firm’s commitment to the Business in the Community scheme. The café, which is a registered charity, helps people with learning disabilities gain work experience and achieve recognised accredited training to help them into future employment.

Higgs & Sons

Paul Jaunzems, chief executive of Lunch on the Run, said the makeover could not have gone better. ‘The volunteers were conscientious and professional from start to finish and I was impressed by their enthusiasm. The little details made all the difference; it wasn’t just that they painted the walls, they “dressed” the room with new tablecloths, drapes and prints and it was these finishing touches that made the makeover complete.’