Demand for relationship counselling soars 27%

30 September 2016

Demand for Relate’s relationship counselling across Bedfordshire and Luton has soared by 27% over the past year.

In its annual report published today (September 29), Relate Bedfordshire and Luton says that it delivered 1,788 hours of relationship counselling in 2015-16 compared with 1,407 hours in the previous year – a 27% uplift.

“Relationships are central to the well-being of adults and children,” says the centre’s CEO Angela Foll. “Good quality relationships not only give our lives meaning, they are the bedrock of a successful economy, while poor quality relationships and relationship breakdown can incur substantial costs for the state in picking up the pieces – estimated to run into billions.”

The report highlights the centre’s aim to strengthen relationships through counselling, not just helping at times of crises and reveals that 58% of its counsellors’ work is with children and young people.

During the year the centre adopted nationally recognised outcome measures for its relationship counselling to measure the effectiveness and impact of its service. Results to date show that 92% of clients would return to Relate if problems arose and 93% would recommend Relate to other people.

Outcome measures have also been extended to measure impact on the centre’s children and young people counselling service and during coming years will be part of its family and sex therapy counselling services.

“It remains a real privilege working for a local charity and with a dedicated team that make a real difference to people’s lives,” says Angela, “whether they are facing difficulties, looking to strengthen their relationship, or want help working through some challenging relationship issues.”

Details of the local Relate service are at or call 01234 356350 to speak with one of the friendly appointments team.

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