T.H.O.M.A.S. (Those on the Margins of a Society)
EDGES Magazine

Issue 35 INDEX
November 2003

Drama Workshop T.H.O.M.A.S. was successful in a small SRB grant of £4,500. It will run a workshop comprising of ex-offenders from September 2003 – February 2004.
EDITORIAL COMMENT Father J McCartney introduces issue 35 of Edges
I First Went To Prision Aged 14 Michael Shares His Story
Heroin Has Dragged My Life Down Derrick looks back on his life
Why Did It All Go So Wrong Chris aged 28 wants to change his life. At the moment he is receiving support from our agency
Helena Kennedy Foundation Award
An ex T.H.O.M.A.S. client who became head student at Plater College last year has won the Helena Foundation award. This will be presented to Yunis Ali at the House of Lords at a reception on 26 September 2003.
Wow! What A Decade Elaine, part of the Edges Team, looks back over the last 10 years
The Young Addict An article by Julian Gilmore, Senior Counsellor at PROMIS Group, an new centre opened in London
The Burning Of The Leaves Father John Hanvey, part of the Thomas Team, reflects on Autumn
In The Dark An article by Paul Cullen, part of the Thomas Team

We welcome James McMahon to the editorial team.
Why A Drug Addict? An article by Joan Entwistle, a member of the Thomas Team
My Addicted Son Helen's son was a former heroin addict. She's shares here moving story with edges
My life has been Shattered with Drugs & Crime Duane shares his story with us
Supporting People in the Community Vivienne Hoyle is the Senior Community Support worker for THOMAS. In this article she explains about our Floating Support Team.
I’m Recovering from Alcohol Steve is 36 years old and has been supported by THOMAS
Party Conferences

T.H.O.M.A.S. has a vested interest in the criminal justice arena, especially, in reducing re-offending, drug treatment, homelessness etc. The CEO of T.H.O.M.A.S. will attend the Labour Party Conference and will also host a Fringe Meeting at the Conservative Party Conference
Building My Life After 1945 An article by Trude Meller, an Austrian lady who lived out her married life in England with her Yugoslavian husband
Booze & The Holiday Maker An article by Father J McCartney
Doctor David Kelly Father McCartney comments on the aftermath of the death of Dr Kelly
Falun Gong in China Terence Shanahan updates EDGES on the continued persecution of Falun Gong in China
Brazil’s Missionary An article recently published in Western New York newspaper about Fr Leising in Rio.
International Project.
T.H.O.M.A.S. is about to launch an International project. The Don Bosco street shelter in Mumbai is a project that the CEO visited in November 2000. It is an organization run by the Salesian community of India. It aims to help street children and young people who often have to embrace the responsibilities of adulthood at the age of 9yrs. The projects initiated by Don Bosco include:
>> Residential home for street children
>> HIV/ AIDS awareness & Prevention
>> Drug rehabilitation programme >> Research & documentation centre.
  Please support this project.

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