Type Charity
Location Nationwide
Grant amount £48,680
Date March 2016
Website www.relate.org.uk

How the Charity helps working Age - serving personnel

Relate remains the country’s largest provider of relationship support. Every year they continue to reach over one million people of all ages face-to-face, online, and over the telephone. Their national network of 61 Centres work from 600 locations.

Relate organisational objectives are: 

  • To educate the public concerning the benefits of secure couple relationships, marriage and family life in order to improve the emotional, sexual and spiritual well-being of individuals which is derived from committed relationships To seek to enhance, the good health, both mental and physical, of adults and children by. This is achieved by increasing public awareness of the benefit of committed couple relationship, marriage and family life and also by working to prevent poverty, hardship and distress, caused by the breakdown of such relationships
  • To provide counselling, advice, education, guidance and relief to adults and/or children in relation to any aspect of contemporary life or work which may prejudice their physical or mental well-being or that which influences, either directly or indirectly, their present or future family or couple relationship. 
  • To relieve those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages.
  • To promote research into all of the above objects and to make the results available to the public. 

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity grant

In November 2015, Relate received a grant of £48,680 from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity to support Royal Navy and Royal Marines families with their relationships, which often come under strain due to lifestyle pressures. 

Thanks to this grant, both serving and former Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families will have free access to an initial seven sessions of relationship counselling provided by Relate. This can either be face-to-face, by telephone or by webcam depending on what suits people best and will also be available to those deployed overseas.

Anyone who would prefer to talk to a trained counsellor about a specific issue via instant messaging can access Relate’s Live Chat facility. Relate’s work extends beyond relationship counselling to sex therapy, family counselling or children and young people’s counselling.

Any relationship, no matter how strong, is likely to face difficulties from time to time.

Commenting on the new partnership, Relate’s Chief Executive, Chris Sherwood said: "We are pleased to be working with The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity to offer our services to all former and serving personnel and their families. Any relationship, no matter how strong, is likely to face difficulties from time to time. For armed forces families, pressures which come with the lifestyle such as deployment and uncertainty can at times place added stress on relationships."