A charity that supports families affected by substance dependency has joined forces with a national organisation, meaning they can now reach out to more people seeking help with drug and alcohol use.

Footsteps, which has been working with families in Warrington for more than 20 years, provides advice, support and respite opportunities to hundreds of individuals and families and the charity has teamed up with Making Space.

Footsteps chairperson Anne Jenner said: “We are delighted to become a subsidiary of Making Space.

“Making Space has a fantastic reputation in the area and is well known nationally for its excellent social care and carer support services.

“We believe that their experience and expertise can only enhance the work we do at Footsteps.

“Alcohol and drug dependency is a huge problem nationwide and Warrington is no exception.

“The impact of Covid-19 has inevitably increased the demand for a support service like Footsteps and I believe that being part of the Making Space group of campanies can help us to reach out to even more people who need our help.”

Rachel Peacock CEO of Making Space said: “The support that Footsteps provides to families during such difficult times is absolutely invaluable.

“They give families a trusted person to talk to, they empower them to make positive changes in their family relationships and take control of their lives, improving their wellbeing.

“With their vision, values and ambitions aligning so well with our own, we are thrilled to have Footsteps become the first subsidiary of our newly-formed Making Space group.

“We are looking forward to working together with Footsteps to expand the much-needed support for families.”

Footsteps will continue to deliver its services under its current name from offices on Sankey Street in Warrington town centre.