The Coronavirus pandemic is leading to big changes in the way we live our lives. Our relationships play an important role in the way we deal with these changes, but social distancing, isolation and other worries can put them under further pressure.
The Relationships Alliance, made up of four leading relationship charities, has come together to share the range of support available to people during these challenging times.
Made up of MarriageCare, OnePlusOne, Relate and Tavistock Relationships, the alliance is offering a range of supportive services during this time of social distancing, whether people are finding themselves pushed together or apart.
Marriage Care is providing webcam counselling and relationship booster sessions. OnePlusOne is continuing to offer expert advice and supportive online community forums. Relate is offering webcam and phone counselling as well as its Live Chat service and dedicated online information and advice. Tavistock Relationships is also providing dedicated counselling and psychotherapy for couples online.
In a joint statement, the four leaders of the organisations in The Relationships Alliance commented:
“Relationships are at the heart of everything we do. Now, when they matter so much, we are seeing relationships placed under greater pressure. We want people to know that we are here to help. If they need relationship support, we are available and ready to offer expert guidance and reassurance.”
The charities have produced a simple infographic to outline the various relationship support services available.
Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said:
“These organisations lead the way in supporting parents to deal with conflict, helping children get the best start in life so they have better prospects at school and in the working world.
This support has never been needed more due to the current health emergency. At a time when, perhaps, many relationships are being tested, it is vital families continue to have good access to this support.”