A new building is opening in West Norfolk to help people struggling with poor mental health focus on their recovery and wellbeing.
Norfolk and Waveney Mind is opening Birch Tree House, a new short stay recovery house in Barroway Drove, near Downham Market.
Up to four people will stay in the building at a time for up to five nights and will be helped by trained staff.
Local residents and councillors have had a preview tour before the building opened.#
They included borough council leader Terry Parish, who said: “This short-stay recovery house will provide a peaceful and well-resourced space for people needing mental health support. Both I and other councillors were very impressed by the facility that Norfolk and Waveney Mind have created and have no doubt that it will help many people across West Norfolk.”
The house’s opening coincides with another Short Stay Recovery House opening at Burgh Castle in east Norfolk, and the two follow a successful pilot scheme in Costessey, Norwich. This means that all areas of Norfolk will now have one.
Pete Boczko, chief executive of Norfolk and Waveney Mind, said: “We are delighted to have been able to show West Norfolk councillors and Barroway Drove residents our new Short Stay Recovery House. It will make such a difference to people in the area with poor mental health, as well as massively easing the burden on the NHS.”