Family time tops Christmas lists in the East of England

New Relate survey reveals the region’s festive hopes and worries

  • 94% of people in the East of England said spending time with immediate family is important to them for a happy Christmas this year*
  • 87% of people in the East of England rated avoiding family arguments as important to them for a happy Christmas
  • The most commonly reported worry was the cost of Christmas*** (41%)
  • 10% of people in the East of England said they were worried about feeling lonely this Christmas


Movember – what happens next? – by Relate’s Sue Reed

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and is the second largest cause of male cancer deaths in UK. Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer and over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.

The Movember campaign encourages men to be aware of the symptoms and to go for a medical check if they are concerned in any way. So what happens if a problem is identified? (more…)

No time for Relate counselling? Try our webcam service

Time pressure and location can sometimes make it hard to arrange a counselling appointment. To help overcome this problem, we offer a webcam counselling service.

Providing all the benefits of our face-to-face relationship counselling in a flexible and convenient format, webcam counselling allows you to discuss your relationship problems with one of our counsellors from any location that is convenient for you, for example at home or somewhere private at work.

Webcam counselling is fully interactive and completely confidential. You can use it with your partner, or by yourself.

To use the service, all you need is access to a computer with a webcam and a Skype account. Add the details we give you to your Skype contact list, then at the time of your appointment, click on the call button to connect to us and chat to your counsellor.

The first step is to call us and set up an appointment by telephone or on our contact form.

FREE volunteering workshop for over 55s

FREE training for People over 55.   A 4 hour workshop to prepare you for volunteering in the community.  The workshop is on Tuesday, 21st October 2014 from 10am to 2pm at the Volunteer Centre Bedford on Bromham Road.


Come and join us for an interactive and fun session!

Come to our Bedford Fundraiser- Saturday 6th September

  •  This Summer young volunteers from across Bedfordshire have been having great fun whilst raising money for Relate Bedfordshire and Luton
  • The next event is on Saturday 6th September from 12 to 4pm
  • Christchurch Hall, 117 Denmark St, Bedford MK40 3TJ
  • Come along and help support our Young People’s Counselling Service
  • For more details, see NCS Who I Am

Annual Report 2013/14 Now Available

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton’s 2013/14 Annual Report is now available and what an amazing year 2013/2014 was for the Centre.

Overall we saw a 14% growth in the number of service delivery hours and 16% growth in the number of clients we supported compared to 2012/13.

We saw the biggest growth in our work with children, young people and families, with a 33% increase in delivery hours to children and young people and an amazing 65% increase in delivery hours to families.

This growth was the result of the team successfully securing new and existing contracts and new funding bids across Bedfordshire and Luton. A great achievement. Well done to the whole team!

Click here to read a copy of the Report.

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton’s six tips for six weeks of summer survival

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton is offering advice for parents ahead of the long school holidays. Calls to Relate Bedfordshire and Luton often increase dramatically after the school holidays, as family tensions simmer during the long summer break.

Relate family counsellor Chris Ackers said: “Most of us look forward to the summer holidays. But sometimes, it can end up feeling like a very long time to keep the kids entertained. Tempers can get frayed and families can end up counting down the days until September begins. But summer is actually a good time to reconnect with all the important relationships in your life – from your kids and your partner to your friends and wider family.”


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.