DOZENS of voters turned-out in Redditch on Saturday to welcome the deputy leader of the Green Party.

Amelia Womack joined local Green Party campaigners for a jam-packed day of visits and community actions.

Meeting with local businesses and volunteer projects in Redditch, she had a whistle-stop tour of the town in an electric taxi.

As the youngest person in a leadership position of any UK political party, Ms Womack's visit to the town comes in the run-up to the local elections this May.

Her visit began at the Rees Community Cafe in the town centre, meeting with staff there to learn about their inspiring work supporting care-leavers and discussing the challenges faced by young people leaving foster care and children’s homes.

Local voluntary groups also had the chance to chat with the Green leader, including members from Redditch’s Eco 'N' Wise team, Headless Community Orchard, and the fruitful “RefuJuice” project led by Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees.

Ms Womack also found time to do some shopping at the Rough Hill Farm Shop, where she discussed the difficulties facing small and family farmers in Worcestershire.

The day was also a chance to help keep Crabbs Cross tidy, with a community litter-pick organised by local Green Party campaigner Claire Davies.

Claire Davies said: "It was a pleasure to hear Amelia speak to local voters and share the Green Party’s bold radical vision.

"We were delighted to be joined by a group of local young people too that are taking part in the worldwide YouthStrike4Climate this Friday.

"It shows the level of concern they have.

"They’re taught in school about climate change, but they don’t feel politicians are taking it seriously enough.”

The Youth Strike 4 Climate is a global event happening this Friday across the world.

Young people and parents will be gathering outside Redditch Town Hall at 10am, to call on Redditch Council to declare a climate emergency, an action that 37 local authorities across the UK has already taken.