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.**


MP Impressed By Charity’s Work With Young People

MP Alistair Burt was quizzed on what he thought about online bullying when he met young supporters of Relate at the charity’s offices in Bedford.O

Alistair, MP for North East Bedfordshire, is pictured chatting with Relate ‘champions’ Ellen and Monae where they took the opportunity to check out the MP’s own relationship. Alistair is happily married and has two children.


Beating The Winter Blues – by Relate’s Sue Reed

The long nights and short days of winter are still with us and Christmas is a faint memory. Many people report feeling low and lacking energy during January and February. NHS estimates say that one in fifteen British people has some level of winter depression and that for some people this can be given the diagnosis of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Other symptoms include overeating, a reluctance to go out and join in social events, disturbed sleep patterns and reduced libido.


Free telephone counselling and reduced rates for face-to-face and Skype counselling during January 2015

The first full working week in January is always a very busy time for us as people get back to work and think about their relationships following the Christmas break.

To support relationships across Bedfordshire and Luton, we are offering FREE telephone counselling up to the end of January 2015. John, one of our relationship counsellors, is on hand to spend up to 30 minutes with you on the phone.

Also for all bookings made during January we are reducing the hourly rate for face-to-face and Skype counselling sessions. The initial assessment has been reduced from £47 to £45 and on-going sessions to £40.

To book an appointment call us on 01234 356350. Session times will be offered based on counsellor availability.

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!