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A new era in community mental health in Tamworth is being celebrated following the £2.4m renovation and expansion of Cherry Orchard.

The formerly vacant Cherry Orchard site now serves as the base for Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust’s (MPFT) adult community mental health services in the area.

The centre provides purpose built facilities in the heart of the community to deliver services that more effectively meet the needs of local people. Alongside the refurbishment of the existing building, additional clinical space has been constructed; this will enable teams to offer further support to those in need.

A ceremony was held at Cherry Orchard to mark its official opening and to unveil a plaque naming the new group room after George Bryan OBE in recognition of his championing of mental health services in Tamworth. Among the guests marking the occasion were Mr Bryan’s son, Colin Bryan OBE, and grandsons George and Bill.

Jennie Collier, Managing Director for MPFT’s Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Care Group, who joined Colin Bryan in unveiling the plaque said: “We are delighted to have invested £2.4m into renovating and expanding the Cherry Orchard site in Tamworth, and were honoured to welcome members of George Bryan’s family to join us in marking the occasion.

“In the heart of Tamworth, Cherry Orchard is conceived from the understanding that mental health is an integral part of our overall health. It stands as a symbol of our dedication to breaking down the barriers and stigma associated with mental health, offering support, guidance, and care to those who need it the most.”