Project information

THOMAS' Drop In Blackburn

Provide hot meals, support to overcome addiction to alcohol or drugs and help to move onto recovery. This service helps over 60 people a day in Blackburn

January 2011 - December 2013

Charity information: THOMAS (Those On The Margins Of A Society)

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  • Need


    Increasing numbers of people are coming to our Drop In because they are not able to access services elsewhere. There is no statutory funding available for this and we need to help more people by increasing the services we can offer. We can provide the first port of call and then accompany service users to further treatment with THOMAS or elsewhere.


    Coming to THOMAS' Drop In is often the first step in acknowledging that someone has a problem with drugs or alcohol.
    Because this service is open to all it is non-stigmatising and welcoming. We are able to encourage volunteers to support our service users. Health and other services can visit the Centre and support service users, arrange follow up appointments and provide access to more formalised rehabilitation and recovery programmes.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Expand the Drop In centre provision by providing more meals and follow on support


    » Secure funding for healthy food

    What success will look like

    Success will be 100 people able to access and benefit from the Drop In every day

  • Impact


    increased health and wellbeing among our service users
    increased numbers taking up rehabilitation and recovery services
    increased numbers succeeding in overcoming their addictions


    There is a risk that we will not have enought volunteers to cook the food. we have recruited a volunteer co-ordinator to engage and support volunteers


    We will report on the number of people using the Drop In, the numbers moving into further care and the numbers who come to THOMAS and then complete their recovery

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £95,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £39,000 Staff and volunteers 3 years part time staffing and volunteers of Drop In
      £21,000 Food for clients 3 years healthy food
      £6,000 Training, health education 3 years training and health services for clients
      £15,000 Premises 3 years premises costs
      £9,000 Manager 3 years part time manager for Drop In
      £5,000 Capital Improvements to Drop In and new kitchen equipment
  • Background




    Local people who have become involved in drug and alcohol addiction. they are likely to be living in hostel accomodation or poor quality housing, be unemployed and have multiple other problems such as mental health, poor physical health, debt and fractured family relationships.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    THOMAS has been working in Blackburn for nearly 18 years. We make a difference and save lives on a daily basis. we are seeing an increasing need for our services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Dave volunteers with THOMAS. He has used THOMAS' services and now wants to make a difference to other people who are trying to overcome addiction.