Our Aims and Objectives

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Relate’s vision is a future in which healthy relationships form the heart of a thriving society.

Our mission is to develop and support healthy relationships by:

  • Helping couples, families and individuals to make relationships work better
  • Delivering inclusive, high-quality services that are relevant at every stage of life
  • Helping both the public and policy makers to improve their understanding of relationships and what makes them flourish.

Charitable Objects

  • 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 increasing public awareness of the benefit of committed couple relationships, marriage and family life.
  • 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 influence 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 disadvantage.
  • To promote research into all of the above Objects and to make the results available to the public.

Common Purpose Statement

Relate’s role is to help people build better couple relationships:

  • to enhance the quality of couple and parental and family relationships
  • to help relationships and marriages withstand the pressures leading to breakdown
  • to limit the damage which commonly accompanies failing relationships, separation and divorce and increase the prospect of subsequent relationships succeeding.

Relate aims to deliver its services with cultural sensitivity and without discrimination. Counselling services to individuals, couples, children, young people and families, together with community-based life skills programmes are delivered by a team of specially trained practitioners supported by administrative, supervisory and management staff.

Relate believes that:

  • An individual’s physical well-being and emotional and mental health benefit from a committed relationship.
  • Children thrive in families where relationships are positive and free from destructive conflict.
  • Expressing a clear commitment is a helpful contribution to a healthy and secure couple relationship.