New report reveals range of relationship support available to couples

12 May 2014

A group of charities has released a new guide which shows how a whole range of relationship support services are helping improve people’s lives.

 Opportunities for Relationship Support: A set of diverse case studies identifies a range of good practices and different approaches to supporting couple relationships, revealing the wide variety of services available across the UK and online.

The report from The Relationships Alliance presents an overview of the different kinds of support available to couples including new parents, couples preparing for marriage, and early intervention services for couples starting a new relationship.

Some of the services highlighted include, face-to-face counselling, marriage preparation and support, therapy and online DIY relationship support that is becoming increasingly popular since it’s available 24/7.

It aims to encourage policy-makers, commissioners and practitioners to consider the range of services and approaches.

Evidence shows that taking action to tackle issues early on, means couples are more likely to strengthen their relationship, although support at all stages of relationships and stages of life is also important.

Lester Coleman, head of research,at relationship research charity OnePlusOne and co-author of the report said: “All couples will face challenges at some point in their relationships and it’s important that they know about the support available so they don’t feel they have to go through the tough times alone.

“This report is the first ever attempt to bring together the range of services available for couple’s seeking support to strengthen their relationships, including evidence of their effectiveness.

“The importance of this type of support is demonstrated by the commitment of the coalition government to put funding for relationship support on a ‘stable long-term footing’.

“Evidence shows that strengthening the quality of couple relationships can help people to benefit in terms of social support, health and finances, as well as helping to prevent separation and divorce.”

MP Andrew Selous, Chairman of the Government’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Sustainable Relationships added:  “From the perspective of my constituency casework I think that constructive relationship support work has never been more necessary to protect and enhance marriages and couple relationships.”

To download a copy of the full report, click here:


For more information contact Nadia Gilani at OnePlusOne on 020 7553 9538 or email

 Notes to editors

The Relationships Allianceis a group comprising OnePlusOne, Marriage Care, Relate, and the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. It launched in November 2013 aimed at promoting the importance of good quality relationships as central to health and wellbeing. The organisation’s vision is a future in which strong and stable personal and social relationships are seen as the basis of a thriving society.

 About OnePlusOne

  • OnePlusOne is an evidence-based charity that has been researching what makes couple relationships work or fall apart for more than 40 years.
  • The charity creates services based on the latest evidence to help people to resolve relationship difficulties themselves.
  • It also provides online training for frontline family workers to equip them with the skills to offer timely relationship support in a face-to-face setting.
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