Our history

Making Space was born in 1982 and is proud to be an early pioneer of the quality health and social care services found in the UK today.

Established in Warrington by David Lyne, a former development officer with the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, it was driven by a determination to improve the lives of people with mental health conditions and their carers.

Over the past 30 years the organisation has grown from a small group, focused solely on mental health, with around 100 members and a £25,000 turnover, to a large multi-million-pound organisation, with over 1,000 staff and volunteers delivering innovative, personalised services across the whole spectrum of health and social care.

We have an elite network of residential and nursing homes, supported housing and extra care services, independent hospitals, services that support people in their own home, and services out in the community that promote social and community inclusion. 

Although we’re bigger than ever, we’ve not forgotten our humble beginnings, nor are we complacent. We will continue to invest in our services, provide even better care and build for the future.