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.


Friendship – by Relate’s Sue Reed

I was recently running some school sessions with a group of sixteen year olds about relationships. We were talking about friendship and what makes a good friend, and got into a discussion on how many Facebook friends they had.

Many of the group had over 300 contacts on Facebook, but is this real friendship?

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…)