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…)

‘The Best Medicine?’

The importance of relationships for health and wellbeing

‘The Best Medicine’ is Relate’s campaign to show that relationships are critical to the nation’s health and wellbeing.  Evidence shows that good quality relationships with partners, family and friends can prevent, delay or minimise the effects of physical and mental health conditions. (more…)

Half Of People In The Midlands Have A ‘Very Good’ Relationship With Their Mother

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton’s tips to help relationships blossom this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is traditionally a time to celebrate that special woman in your life, but, according to figures released this week by leading relationships charity Relate, a significant proportion of us admit that our relationship with our mum could be better. (more…)

Relationship MOT – Take The Quiz

Every year we get a reminder to take our cars in for an MOT to ensure that they’re roadworthy. But what about our relationships? Do we need a reminder to check in with our partners, or should we just carry on until the wing mirrors fall off, and we can no longer see the relationship hazards coming our way?

Giving your relationship a regular tune-up can be an effective way to focus you on relationship niggles and nip them in the bud before they become major problems. It can help you to identify any underlying feelings that may be bubbling away, and take positive steps to work through them. It can also help to focus your mind on what’s going well.

The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to get your relationship back on the road.


Relate Bedfordshire And Luton Holds Private Meeting With Prime Minister in Bedford

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton had a private audience with the Prime Minister this morning. The meeting took place after Mr Cameron dropped into a coffee morning at St Cuthbert’s Hall in Bedford.

1From left to right: Helen Undy (Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager, Relate), Prime Minister David Cameron, Richard Fuller MP, Alison Chamberlain (Chair, Relate Bedfordshire and Luton)

Angela Foll, Relate Bedforshire and Luton’s Chief Executive, used the time to tell Mr Cameron about the range of relationship support services the charity delivers for almost 3,000 local people each year. Those services include counselling for couples, families, children and young people, as well as sex therapy and training. (more…)

Save money and boost your relationship this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many couples may want to express their love with an extravagant gift or night out together. Despite this, there are growing fears about the expense at a time when Christmas bills may still need paying.

  • Recent research carried out by YouGov on behalf of  the UK’s leading relationship support charity, Relate, found that 39% of people in the UK said they were worried about the cost of festive celebrations.*
  • A separate study for the charity found that 57% of people living in the East of England think money worries put one of the biggest strains on relationships today.**