£90k grant for Blackburn charity to help addicts get clean

Rev Jim McCartney at the Witton Bank centre

Rev Jim McCartney at the Witton Bank centre

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A BLACKBURN drug and alcohol charity has been granted £90,000 to improve it’s facilities and enhance its range of programmes.

Public Health England has awarded the money to the THOMAS charity which works with ‘those on the margins of society’, to deliver a holistic recovery services.

The charity hopes to take people from within prison or hospital, through detox and residential rehabilitation into community-based provision.

All recovery-focused adult drug and alcohol treatment and support services across England were entitled to bid for a share of the Public Health England funding via local authorities and THOMAS drew up a bid for the money backed by Blackburn with Darwen council.

Rev Jim McCartney, executive director at THOMAS, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Blackburn with Darwen Council on the bid and to have been successful.”

The money will be spent on improving the charity’s buildings and facilities in France Street and their Witton Bank Residential Rehabilitation Project, a programme that supports people who have struggled to stay off drink or drugs due to social isolation, chaotic lifestyles, offending behaviour and poor general and mental health.

Any left over money will be spent on their ‘move-on’ programme – a housing project that helps people in recovery find accommodation and employment.

Coun Mohammed Khan, executive member for health and adult social care, said: “This funding will help THOMAS to further assist individuals at any stage of their addiction recovery.”

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5:20pm Fri 4 Apr 14

wacked1212@gmail.com says...

Great news
Great news wacked1212@gmail.com
  • Score: -6

6:33pm Fri 4 Apr 14

julespent says...

My hope is that it will be to help local people not bring in more addicts and criminals into Blackburn from other areas.
My hope is that it will be to help local people not bring in more addicts and criminals into Blackburn from other areas. julespent
  • Score: 4

9:21pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Just an observer says...

What a waste of £90K, look around you. drug addicts/alcoholics are everywhere, it will never be cleaned up, no matter what is done to try. they have made the choices to lead that lifestyle, why not leave them to cope with it. should they turn to crime, sentence them to imprisonment. there they will have to go cold turkey.
What a waste of £90K, look around you. drug addicts/alcoholics are everywhere, it will never be cleaned up, no matter what is done to try. they have made the choices to lead that lifestyle, why not leave them to cope with it. should they turn to crime, sentence them to imprisonment. there they will have to go cold turkey. Just an observer
  • Score: 9

2:05pm Sat 5 Apr 14

chammy says...

This money would be good to get young people into apprentiships,but the trouble is the good kids get nothing,till they turn bad,then everyones trying to help,spend the money on the people that want help and can hopefully become decent hardworking people.Or put it towards medical care for sick people who get turned down for treatment.The worlds gone mad.
This money would be good to get young people into apprentiships,but the trouble is the good kids get nothing,till they turn bad,then everyones trying to help,spend the money on the people that want help and can hopefully become decent hardworking people.Or put it towards medical care for sick people who get turned down for treatment.The worlds gone mad. chammy
  • Score: 9

3:05pm Sat 5 Apr 14

zabby says...

We could stop heroin addiction quite easily,kill the dealers of death look into everything they and their close family members own and make them account for every last penny,and if they can't take everything they have,and that's just for starters
We could stop heroin addiction quite easily,kill the dealers of death look into everything they and their close family members own and make them account for every last penny,and if they can't take everything they have,and that's just for starters zabby
  • Score: 7

3:38pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

zabby wrote:
We could stop heroin addiction quite easily,kill the dealers of death look into everything they and their close family members own and make them account for every last penny,and if they can't take everything they have,and that's just for starters
SPOT ON !!
[quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: We could stop heroin addiction quite easily,kill the dealers of death look into everything they and their close family members own and make them account for every last penny,and if they can't take everything they have,and that's just for starters[/p][/quote]SPOT ON !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 6

9:04pm Sat 5 Apr 14

the white witch says...

These drug addicts & drunks gets £90k to help them get clean ( which will never happen ) but what about the poor people these skunks has burgled, beaten up & snatched from, what do they get? NOTHING more than knowing that these scum are getting everything & the good people left with nothing.
Put this £90k into a place that could save a good life.
These drug addicts & drunks gets £90k to help them get clean ( which will never happen ) but what about the poor people these skunks has burgled, beaten up & snatched from, what do they get? NOTHING more than knowing that these scum are getting everything & the good people left with nothing. Put this £90k into a place that could save a good life. the white witch
  • Score: 9

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