Shall We Or Shan’t We?

You’ll have seen pictures of Princess Charlotte’s royal christening, and now you might just be thinking to yourself whether the time is right to follow Kate and Will’s lead and have another child – or even start a family with your first-born.

Such thoughts can be exciting, hopeful, daunting and very possibly bring up a wealth of other conflicting feelings. You may wonder whether you’re ready to have a family, or whether or not you can get pregnant. You may be unsure of how many children you want to have, or you might have doubts about whether you can afford it at the moment. It can all feel quite overwhelming! (more…)

Summer wedding? Plan your lifelong relationship

Most UK weddings take place in July and August – in fact, 42% of them. And brides spend 36 days in total planning their wedding, according to research. Three out of four have made most of the big decisions before even meeting their future husband, including whether to have a church wedding or register office ceremony.

But would-be brides (and grooms) are now adding an extra ingredient to their wedding plans – spending time with a trained counsellor, talking in depth about the commitment they are making to each other. (more…)

You’re invited…

To join us at the auction rooms in Woburn on 15th October for a special occasion

Our CEO Angela Foll has been learning the trade of an auctioneer and on Thursday October 15 she will be putting her new skills to the test at an auction and private viewing being run by Charles Ross Auctioneers & Valuers.

Angela ‘won’ the opportunity when she outbid the Mayor of Luton at an event we held in June.

So we are sure you will want to offer her your support (and see how she gets on) when the bidding starts again. (more…)

Local Young Adults Living In Hostels Are Learning Life Skills To Help Them Move On In Their Lives

Relate Bedfordshire & Luton and YMCA Bedfordshire are working in partnership to deliver life skills training to 36 YMCA residents over the next two years.

Supported by a £15K grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation under its ‘Enable’ programme, the young adults, aged 18 and over, will focus on skills such as communication, managing time and coping with stress,  alongside practical skills such as budgeting and food hygiene. (more…)

People In The Midlands Report Better Relationships With Mums Than Dads

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton’s tips for better communication with dads this Father’s Day

Research by Relate, the leading relationships charity, has found that people in the Midlands are less likely to report a very good relationship with their dads than with their mums.  In the poll of over 5,000 people across the UK aged 16+, only 42% of people in the Midlands* reported a very good relationship with their dads, compared to 52% with their mums. (more…)

Next Auction Not To Be Missed

Our charity auction on 8th June to support more young people counselling at TOKKO youth space, Luton, raised just over £1,500. The auction was part of a networking evening at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, in Luton town centre.

Our guests of honour were the Mayor Cllr Dave Taylor and Lady Mayoress of Luton. (more…)

You’re Very Welcome…

If you can make it, why not come along to a networking and charity auction event we’re running at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, Luton, early evening on Monday June 8. There’s free car parking almost opposite the carnival centre from 6pm when our event starts. The auction will be from 6.45pm.

We’ve got lots of low-cost items in the auction – such as cinema tickets, bus passes and meals for two at local restaurants – as well as a few more costly items, such as a day’s photographic shoot at a studio which you might just pick up for a bargain price. (more…)

Why Not Follow Us On Social Media?

Our Twitter feed during the past month has included an opportunity for people to train as Relate counsellors.

We’ve announced extra funding for six months to support young people in the area who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.

And among personal narratives contributed to our Twitter feed is one from Amy, who has been struggling with depression for years. (more…)

Team Aims To Reduce Stigma Over Mental Health

Minds Alrite – a group of young people who have been working in partnership with Relate Bedfordshire & Luton – are running workshops in their first school this month at the start of their mental health awareness project.

The group has chosen Mental Health Awareness Week in May for their first workshops which are being held at Bedford Academy. The Minds Alrite group won Rotary funding in support of their project in a regional competition run by UpRising (www.uprising.org.uk), a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation. (more…)

Royal Baby Fever – Relate Bedfordshire And Luton’s Five Things To Think About Before Having A Second Child

With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child due any day from now, many parents will be questioning whether to follow in the royals’ footsteps by adding to their brood. In anticipation of the discussions the royal baby is likely to spark amongst couples, Relate Bedfordshire and Luton has come up with a list of things to consider before committing to more kids. (more…)