Footsteps 2000 Ltd, the Warrington and St Helens based charity supporting the families and friends of those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, has received over £9,000 from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme.

Receiving £9,735 in total, the organisation will use the funds to employ qualified counsellors for 52 weeks to engage with people who are adversely affected by the drug and alcohol issues of loved ones.

Founded to empower the families of people who engage in substance misuse and to help them improve the relationships they have with each other, Footsteps 2000 provides tailored guidance, counselling and support services to improve the wellbeing of service users.

In addition to counselling and guidance, the organisation also offers telephone support, respite activities and signposting services, as well as providing drug and alcohol education and training to the wider community.

Pauline Pointon, Service Manager, comments: “The funding received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust means that we are able to reach out to even more people in the local community who are suffering the negative effects of a loved-one’s substance misuse and alcohol problems.”

“One-to-one support, group counselling and even just a friendly face can make a huge difference to someone who is going through a very difficult time. Helping them to rebuild the relationships they have can be extremely beneficial for their own health and wellbeing and the recovery of their family member or loved-one.”

Lynn Utting, Development Manager (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “The difficulties faced by the families and friends of those who are dependent on drugs and alcohol are often overlooked and they fail to receive the care they need.”

“The funding that we are able to provide through the Coalfields Community Investment Programme means that these services can continue and can become a resource that local people are able to rely on when they need it most.”

As the organisation has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme it will continue to be supported by the Trust and will have access to bespoke practical support including access to resources and services such as help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing.