Relate Bedfordshire and Luton’s top ten tips for finding love this summer

The sun is finally shining, but for some people, it might seem like everyone is wandering off into the sunset with someone special except them. Luckily, Relate Bedfordshire and Luton, the UK’s leading relationship support organisation, has advice for anyone who is looking for love this summer.

Relate counsellor Diane Whitmore said: “If you’re single this is a great time to start opening up to the idea of finding love. It feels like all around me friends, colleagues and acquaintances are all thinking about meeting new people and forging new relationships. So here are my top ten tips for finding love and dating.” (more…)

Ambition: is it a gift or a burden? – by Relate’s Sue Reed

Traditionally ambition has been acted out in the workplace by men, but as women became high flyers in the work force the balance has shifted. Whereas women were seen to support successful men, they are now successful in their own right.

This change has created tension in many relationships. Ambitious women have often been seen as more dangerous than ambitious men. Shakespeare’s portrayal of Lady Macbeth as the force that drives her husband to take the throne is seen as a wicked aberration of womanhood.

But it appears that ambitious men and ambitious women share many key traits. (more…)

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton’s tips for making World Cup time a family affair

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton is offering advice to help families make the most of the World Cup season. The tournament, which kicks off on 12th June, has been known in the past for causing family rows over control of the TV remote and fans spending more time than usual away from the family.

But Relate Bedfordshire and Luton says it doesn’t have to be this way.


Seminar helps schools tackle eating disorders

First Talktime seminar

On 20th March 2014 Relate Bedfordshire and Luton held its first ever Talktime training event at the Rufus Centre in Flitwick. It was attended by 24 senior teachers, safeguarding officers, heads of inclusion and pastoral heads from 16 schools across Bedfordshire and Luton.


Taking the curves – by Relate’s Sue Reed

There is an ad campaign for a bank that runs a strap line “for the journey”. It taps into the belief that human beings all share a similar journey through life – starting out, making partnerships, careers, children, juggling demands, hitting unexpected obstacles and so on. The campaign is very successful as it touches something deep in the human psyche about continuity and preparing for different life stages and trying to making them as smooth as possible.


New government report shows that Relate’s couple counselling delivers £11.40 of benefit for every £1 spent

A recent independent evaluation of relationship support services has demonstrated clear financial and emotional benefits to individuals and society as a whole. Specifically, the Department for Education-commissioned report found that Relate’s couple counselling service delivers £11.40 of benefit respectively for every £1 spent. This is calculated by looking at what costs are saved by reducing the likelihood of relationship breakdown. (more…)

Top Tips For Separated Parents This Mother’s Day

parentsapartSpecial days throughout the year can be tough time for separated families, with parents and children all too often feeling pulled in different directions over celebrations.

That’s why Relate Bedfordshire and Luton, has compiled tips for both mums and dads to help make the day special for everyone. (more…)

Relationship Coaching Workshop

Brand new 3 hour workshop starts on 27th March 2014

Coaching, unlike Counselling, is action based and solution focused.  Our workshop, is led by a qualified Life Coach, and will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Building self esteem
  •  Eliminating emotional baggage
  • Attracting the wrong people
  • Conditional versus Unconditional love
  • Conflict management
  • The highs and lows of online dating

Cost: £ 45

Duration:  3 Hours

If you’d like to find out more about the courses we offer please contact our Education & Learning team on 01234 342503 or email us.

Losing a Parent – by Relate’s Sue Reed

Losing a parent

Buddhism has a maxim, “we are alive therefore we will die”.  This is a simple and obvious truth of existence but one which we struggle to come to terms with. Death and dying are often a big taboo in families, who would readily discuss other life changing experiences.

There is the natural expectation that parents will die before their children but nothing really prepares adult children for the loss of this relationship. When parents die we have to face a changed reality. The people who have brought us into this world and have known us for all our life are no longer there, so what is our place in this family when we become elders, who do we look to for support? Adults who have lost a parent will often talk of the intense loneliness they feel and some describe themselves as “orphans”, remembering the feelings and fears of early childhood.