About Us

Footsteps 2000 is a company limited by guarantee and also a registered charity. Our aim is to provide support to family members or indeed anyone who is affected by somebody else’s use of alcohol and drugs.

The charity was founded in 2000 by family members of drug and alcohol users who were struggling to cope with drug and alcohol problems in their own families. Indeed many of our workers have experienced problems within their own family.

Footsteps has a committed team of staff who provide support through a wide range of services in both Warrington and St. Helens areas. Our registered office is: The Gateway, 89 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SR.


Pauline Pointon – Service Manager and Counsellor

Appointed to this post in November 2015, I am a Person-Centred Counsellor who has worked in the field of substance misuse since 2004. I am passionate about facilitating recovery in a holistic way and extremely committed to promoting the work of Footsteps in Warrington and St Helens.

I am supported by an experienced, highly qualified and dedicated team and together we strive to empower our clients to make positive changes in their own lives.

Stacey Goulding – Team Leader and  Family Worker for Young People

I am new to Footsteps as of September 2016. I am trained to work with families, children and young people. I have previously worked with individuals and families who have been using substances, so have a good knowledge of substance misuse and the affect it can have on families.

I am very passionate and excited to join Footsteps and I am looking forward to working with young people by helping them to build on emotional resilience, confidence and independence. It is important to support people and help them cope with the emotional, psychological and physical impact of living with another’s substance misuse. This is where hopefully I can help and see a real and positive difference in young people at the end of our professional relationship.

Tony Murphy – Team Leader and Family Worker, Grandparents Worker and Counsellor

As a member of the Footsteps team and having been aware for many years of Footsteps role in supporting families, I am delighted to be working for Footsteps in St Helens. I am only too aware of the many difficulties facing families who are affected by someone else’s substance misuse and I am passionate about offering the kind of support that enables people to have more choice and control over their lives.

I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor.

Debra Bedford – Family Worker and Counsellor

I am an Integrative Counsellor and have experience of working with a diverse range of individuals, facing a variety of complex issues. Although I am very new to the Footsteps team, I am enthusiastic and keen to be involved with an organisation that is committed to supporting families during their difficult times and having a supportive role in empowering them to make changes in order to achieve their goals.

Marsha Roberts – Family Worker and Counsellor

I am a person-centred counsellor and new to the Footsteps team in September 2017. I have experience of working with people who struggle with substance misuse and recognise the difficult and far reaching effects this can have on the family members. As a Family Worker, I will devote myself to ensuring families are fully supported through the challenges they face and help them to look forward to a more positive future.

Alexia Zavros – Family Worker

I’m Alexia and I am new to the Footsteps team. I have a background in early years, substance misuse and community based support working with families with a wide range of issues and supporting them through some tough times. I am passionate about helping others find their own power and supporting them in building resilience. I understand that each individual and family I work with will be facing their own unique challenges and I believe with access to supportive services, families have a better chance in finding the best way for them to deal with these challenges.

In my role of Family support worker at Footsteps Warrington I hope to offer the families I work with a safe, confidential and supportive space in which they can work through all aspects of the impact of living with another persons’ substance misuse.I am committed to working in a Person-Centred way and to my own continuous learning to facilitate our families in changing their lives for the better.

Bernadette Clarke – Family Worker

Newly appointed to Footsteps April 2018, I am passionate to support family members who face the difficult daily struggle with a loved-one’s substance misuse. As a Family Worker, I work in a Person-centred way and I am committed to supporting clients with the challenges that they may face. Working holistically with family members, I am dedicated to working towards helping clients achieve positive outcomes and an increase in their wellbeing.