Less than half of local adults are sexually satisfied

‘Just thinking differently could save our sex lives’

Less than half of adults who live in the East of England are satisfied with their sex life (45%) and 52% have not had sex in the last month, suggests new figures from a UK-wide survey by Relate, Marriage Care and Relationships Scotland.

People put so much pressure on themselves to have ‘amazing sex’ that they often end up avoiding it altogether or don’t notice what is good about their sex lives. (more…)

Six Tips For A Great Family Summer

Whether you’re jetting off abroad or enjoying a staycation, the summer break is a chance to spend some quality time together as a family. If you’re a parent, making summer plans can be a bit daunting and six weeks can feel like a long time to keep the kids entertained. Spending lots of time together can also mean tempers get frayed and you’re soon counting down the days until September begins.

But summer is actually a great time to reconnect with all the important relationships in your life – from your kids and your partner to your friends and wider family. So to help keep everyone cool this summer, here are my six holiday survival tips for families: (more…)

Sex is good for YOU

Some say it’s overrated. But we don’t agree.

Here are our top four reasons why sex is great, why we need it, and why it’s good for us and our relationships. (more…)

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…)