Centre News: Successes

May 2016

Since the last newsletter in February 2016, we have had some great successes:

  • Secured an IAPT contract in Luton in partnership with The Counselling Foundation. This contract increases our funding to deliver free relationship counselling for residents of Luton.
  • Secured contract for a pilot project in Luton to offer free couple counselling to couples that are expecting a child or have at least one child between 0-5 years.
  • Achieved the HSSF (Help and Support for Separated Families) quality mark.
  • Secured Community Safety funding to delivery training to ex-offenders.

We have also undertaken regular media and marketing activity:

  • Business interview with Angela in March edition of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce newsletter, Business Focus.
  • Regular press releases.
  • We are active on Twitter. Follow us on @Relate_Beds
  • Regular news stories on our website.

If you have not looked at the website for some time, please have a look around our website: www.relatebedsandluton.org.uk.

February 2016

Since the last newsletter in December 2015, we have had some great successes in securing new funding to:

  • Continue the young people counselling service in TOKKO, Luton for another year. This service is delivered in partnership with Sorted Counselling Services and TOKKO
  • Offer a bursary for families accessing our family counselling service in Luton
  • Provide additional free sessions of our Talktime counselling service
  • Offer a bursary to over 60 year olds accessing relationship counselling in Bedford

And finally….

  • We have been awarded £112,057 over three years by BBC Children in Need. The award enables us to continue to offer our FREE confidential, face-to-face counselling service to children and young people aged 10 – 18 years and to extend our service to include FREE play therapy for children aged 5-10 years.

We have also undertaken regular media and marketing activity:

  • ‘How to talk to your teen’ article published in Community Life newsletter
  • A number of press releases in local newspapers
  • Three radio interviews with local radio station In2Beats
  • We are active on Twitter. Follow us on @Relate_Beds
  • Regular news stories on our website
  • Improved Home Page on our website

If you have not looked at the website for some time, please have a look: www.relatebedsandluton.org.uk.

The Difference We Make …

Since September 2015 relationship counsellors have been completing and entering data from two new outcome measures into Penelope – ENRICH and PHQ-9.

We can currently access reports for each venue but when we have the facility to produce a single report for the whole centre we will share this data with you to demonstrate the difference we make!

I can share the following figures with you (from September 2015 to 31st January 2016) from two questions we ask clients at their final relationship counselling session

1. I would come to Relate in the future if problems arise:
96% agreed or strongly agreed

2. I will recommend Relate to other people
97% agreed or strongly agreed

A fantastic testament to the value our clients put on our relationship counselling service!!

 

September 2015

Since the last newsletter in May 2015, we have had some great successes:

  • Barnfield West Academy has increased our Talktime service in their school from 4 hours to 8 hours next academic year.
  • Bedford Free School, Bedford Girls School, 5 Leighton Buzzard Middle Schools, Goldington Academy, Lealands High, Mark Rutherford School, Redbourne Upper School and Community College and Sandy Upper School have all re-commissioned our Talktime service next academic year.
  • TOKKO auction: A great success for our first event. As well as raising £1,320 for our young people counselling service in TOKKO, Luton we successfully raised the profile of the service.
  • And finally we have secured two years funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation to work with YMCA and those who live in supported housing.

We have also undertaken regular updates on our website ‘News’ page and media activity:

  • Press releases: Father’s Day, Exam stress, Starting a family, Weddings, Sex is good for you and Sex and Intimacy
  • Radio interviews: In2Beats

 

May 2015

Since the last newsletter in February 2015, we have had some great successes:

  • Redborne Upper School and Community College has commissioned our Talktime service in their schoolBeauchamp Middle School has commissioned us to deliver supervision to 4 members of staff
  • We have secured a new Employee Assist Counselling Service contract with Mary Seacole Housing Association in Luton
  • And finally we have secured funding from Ibbett Trust and Bedford Borough Third Sector Financial Assistance for our Talktime service and Panacea Charitable Trust and Harpur Trust for our family counselling in Bedford.

We have also undertaken regular media activity:

  • Talks to: Bedfordshire Collaborative Lawyers, Bedford GP practice Managers, Luton specialist family support service workers and Bedfordshire Practice Nurse Forum.
  • Mail shots to: Bedfordshire and Luton health professionals concerning The Best Medicine campaign, partner organisations concerning our homeless pilot in Luton,
  • Press releases: Mother’s Day, funding for counselling services in Luton, Spring cleaning your relationships, Love Bedford offers and Royal baby fever.
  • Radio interviews: Three Counties Radio with Uprisers
  • And finally we have launched our Twitter account.

Education and Learning have had an excellent few months, successes including:

  • PSHE – Luton Borough Council has commissioned us to deliver some of our PSHE modules to Adults with Learning Disabilities.  This is an exciting opportunity for Relate to support those adults who haven’t had received relationship and sex education when they were younger. Relate offers a comprehensive PSHE program for KS 3 and KS 4 focussing on healthy relationships.
  • First Impressions – we delivered a shortened version of our ‘First Impressions’ course to a group of 30 GP staff in Leighton Buzzard.  The learners provided positive feedback about the content and the trainer.
  • Funding has been awarded from Lloyds Bank Foundation to run 'Taking Charge Of Your Life' workshops for YMCA residents in partnership with the YMCA.

 

February 2015

Since the last newsletter in November 2014, we have had some great successes:

  • Bedford Free school has commissioned our Talktime service in their school
  • Samuel Whitbread has commissioned us to deliver supervision to 15 members of staff
  • Secured funding to enable the young people counselling service to continue in TOKKO, Luton for another year and increase the total delivery hours each week from 18 to 22. This service is delivered in partnership with Sorted Counselling Services.Secured funding from Harpur Trust for family counselling in Bedford
  • Secured funding to extend our pilot Homeless triage Mental Health Clinic for young people in TOKKO, Luton for a further 6 months
  • Secured an extension of our Central Bedfordshire Council contract until end July 2015. This enables us to continue delivery of free play therapy for 5-9 year olds, Talktime for 10-18 year olds and family counselling for those living in Central Bedfordshire.
  • We are seeing growing interest from parents wanting to access the Parents Apart workshop.
  • And finally we have had excellent attendance by local voluntary organisation volunteers accessing free training workshops funded by the Big Lottery Fund

We have also undertaken regular media activity:

  • ‘Living apart together’ article published in Community Life newsletter
  • ‘Relate prepares for new year calls’ article published in Bedford Today
  • Radio interview with local radio station In2Beats
  • Relationship questionnaire on Beds on Sunday website to support our January offer of free 30 minute telephone counselling and reduced rates for relationship counselling
  • Valentine's day sex drive quiz on Beds on Sunday website

We continue to develop our website and we have seen a 65% growth in unique visitors for the period 27th October 2014 to 25th January 2015 compared to the same period in the previous years.

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