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.

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.

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.

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.

Darren Finnegan – Family Worker

I am delighted to be working for Footsteps as both a Family Worker and Student Counsellor (in my final year), I love being able to support and work with people as they rebuild their lives and unravel the turmoil and confusion caused by someone else’s substance misuse, but more so working with people to keep the family together through difficult times. I feel quite privileged to be able to support people as they restore some order and regain some contentment in their lives again. It is also reassuring to work as part of a small team of professionals, working in a structured way within strong professional boundaries to achieve these goals and uniquely, to put the needs of the family first.