Developing People for a Brighter Future

About THOMAS

THOMAS delivers a range of holistic recovery focused services, which take people from within prison or hospital, through detox and residential rehabilitation into community based provision.

We offer drop in facilities, assertive outreach, recovery programmes incorporating cognitive, social and interpersonal approaches, support with wider issues associated with addiction.

We provide residential provision, support for those living in their own homes and community-based programmes.

We currently operate in Blackburn with Darwen, Salford, North and East Lancashire and Manchester and take the majority of our referrals from across the North West.

For our residential rehabilitation unit in Blackburn, we accept referrals from across the country.

Case Studies

08-08-2013
Dave
Dave

It all started at the age of four. My mum and dad split up and I was brought up by a bunch of addicts – aunties, uncles, cousins, and my...

08-08-2013
Faye
Faye

It’s hard to say when I really started drinking because at the age of 16 and 17 everyone was doing it. I guess I’d be 18 when I first started...

26-06-2013
Patrick

It was actually through reading Edges magazine that I arrived at THOMAS. I was in prison at the time for GBH, feeling very desperate, and I begged the CARATS team...

26-06-2013
Margaret
Margaret

TWELVE months ago Margaret had just completed her 12 steps programme. One year on, she is now a volunteer with THOMAS at our Wigan rehab centre, working closely with people...

Latest News

Thank you from Witton Bank!

17-06-2014

Thank you from Witton Bank!

THOMAS was delighted to receive a cheque from Mr Nigel Brooke, on behalf of the David Brooke Charity. This will enable us to buy a new drier at Witton Bank. Independent living skills, including shopping and cooking and washing and drying clothes are an important part of our residential programme. Pictured are Nigel Brooke presenting the cheque to Rev Jim McCartney, THOMAS CEO, accompanied by Rachel...

THOMAS Vintage

21-05-2014

THOMAS Vintage

The Plater Trust supports THOMAS

02-04-2014

The Plater Trust supports THOMAS

      THOMAS was delighted to be awarded a grant from the Plater Trust to support our spiritual, personal and social development programme. Our programme, underpinned by social Catholic teaching values, will be available to all regardless of their beliefs, as THOMAS seeks not to exclude anyone from our services. Our Founder and Chief Executive Rev Jim McCartney and Business Development Manager travelled to London to receive the...

Herbert Parkinson supporting THOMAS at C…

04-03-2014

Herbert Parkinson supporting THOMAS at Christmas once again!

THOMAS is very grateful for the generous support of our sponsors and supporters and none more so than Herbert Parkinson in Darwen, with the support of Gillian Walsh, Herbert Parkinson’s Community Liaison Co-ordinator. A cheque for £400 from Herbert Parkinson allowed THOMAS to pull out all the stops at our Christmas lunch at the Drop In at St Anne’s House in Blackburn town centre. Through the drop-in...

Thank you to the Challenge Network!

27-11-2013

Thank you to the Challenge Network!

Young people from the Challenge Network took part in a sponsored walk this summer to raise money for THOMAS, Nightsafe and Women's Aid. Between them, they raised £2,500 for the three charities. Before the walk, they conducted some research so that they could understand the work of the charities better.They also took part in some volunteering with the charities. Thank you to all who took part!

Thank you to Herbert Parkinson

19-11-2013

Thank you to Herbert Parkinson

Christmas came early to Witton Bank this year, thanks to Herbert Parkinson, part of the John Lewis Partnership. Gillian Walsh, Community Liaison Co-ordinator at Herbert Parkinson came to visit and was able to supply some much needed curtains and bedding for our residential rehabilitation unit in Blackburn. Rachel and the team were delighted with the donations which will do a lot to brighten up the residents' rooms. Herbert Parkinson...

Celebrating Recovery in Salford

29-10-2013

Ten Salford residents who have beaten substance misuse have graduated in a special ceremony– and opened a recovery cafe to help others. The men and women were helped to recover by Salford charity THOMAS and celebrated their achievement at a seminar showcasing the charity’s work. They then helped to open a new cafe to help others in recovery and put something back into the community. THOMAS...

On the Road to Recovery

06-06-2013

On the Road to Recovery

Residents at our Witton Bank rehabilitation centre are on the road to recovery - thanks to the help of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.  The Council's Health and Wellbeing department have kindly provided us with eight push bikes, which are being used by service users to aid their recovery. Rachel Walker, Care Manager at Witton Bank, said: "The bikes have been a great addition. It's true what...

Taking the Holistic Approach

06-06-2013

Taking the Holistic Approach

Rachel Walker is the Residential Rehab Manager for THOMAS, managing the day-to-day running of Witton Bank and our staff team. She speaks about her experience of the transition from working with the NHS to a full-time role at THOMAS, and what makes THOMAS the best place for recovery. Rachel says: "I predominantly spent my NHS days working with homelessness and addiction. Prior to this, I set...

Blackburn Rovers Support THOMAS

06-06-2013

Blackburn Rovers Support THOMAS

THOMAS was delighted to be selected by Blackburn Rovers Football Club as the charity to recieve the club's Community Shield allocation.  Mary Carley from THOMAS attended to recieve the cheque from Ian Silvester, Secretary of Blackburn Rovers Football Club and Ian Burgess, Chief Executive of the Lancashire Football Association. Thank you to all!