A charity in Salford is helping recovering drug and alcohol addicts to integrate themselves back into society through a furniture upcycling programme.
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.
Wayne Fernandez said: “To tell the truth, if I hadn’t of got into THOMAS, I would’ve been dead end of this year or the beginning of next year”.
Through their Social Enterprise Programme in Swinton, volunteers and recovering addicts work together to learn vital employability skills, to give them the best chance of succeeding in their new life.
In Salford, THOMAS operate a Residential Rehabilitation project for both men and women. Jean Thompson is the Social Enterprise Manager.
Jeans believes that medication isn’t always the best approach for recovering addicts: “If somebody is on prescription, they are still in an altered state because they are relying on something that’s going to get them through the day.
The charity relies on donations to keep the social enterprise open.
“All we’re looking to do here is to keep the front door open, and to get people in to purchase the furniture, in order for us to do the good work that we do out the back door, which is the therapeutic work activity, providing structure, providing a focus, providing somewhere to go”.
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