Still Here To Help

During COVID-19, we are still here to help and our clinicians are currently providing web counselling and telephone counselling, from 9.00am to 9.00pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am to 3.00pm on Friday’s.

You can contact us by:

Email: Information@relatebradford.com

Telephone: 01274 726096

Due to the current situation, our telephones are staffed on reduced hours, on a two weekly rota.

Week commencing 5 October 2020

Monday: 8.30am – 3.00pm and 4.00pm – 8.00pm

Tuesday: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Wednesday: 9.00am – 3.30pm

Thursday: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Friday: 9.00am – 3.00pm

Week commencing 12 October 2020

Monday: 8.30am – 3.30pm and 4.00pm – 8.00pm

Tuesday: 10am – 2.00pm

Wednesday: 8.30am – 3.30pm and 3.30pm – 9.00pm

Thursday: 9.15am – 3.45pm

Friday: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Thank you.

A new counselling offer to young people, families and couples from low income households, in Leeds…

Our Relate family are ending the week on a high. For the next 6 months we are providing free telephone/online counselling support to young people, families and couples from low income households across Leeds. Made possible by £32,000 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (thank you!)

WE ARE TAKING REFERRALS: information@relatebradford.com.

Please share widely – offer ends 31 March 2020 (subject to availability).

#CommunitiesCan #stillheretohelp #covid19support #relationshipsmatter #NeverMoreNeeded #TheDifferenceWeMake #RelateBradford

Hayley

Head of Service Delivery and Development, Relate Bradford

COVID Counselling for families in Leeds…

by Hayley Watson

The Relate Bradford Team would like to use our 70+ years’ experience of Relationship Counselling to support families in Leeds (remotely- video/telephone) using the Aviva Community Fund.

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/covid-counselling

  • Leeds families do not have access to fully funded/’free’ Relationship/Family Counselling as there has been no Relate branch in Leeds since 2018
  • Nobody should suffer because they can’t afford to get help
  • This project will offer a service which is accessible to some of the most vulnerable in our society
  • This project will tackle mental health inequality 
  • Family relationships are under more pressure than ever e.g. job losses, school closures and confinement
  • People are having more arguments
  • Parents are struggling to support their children and deal with challenging behaviours
  • Our highly trained (BACP approved) counsellors will help couples and families to build and nurture stronger family relationships, improve family functioning, reduce harmful behaviours and reduce the likelihood of family breakdown 
  • Let’s remove the financial barrier to help 
  • Let’s improve the mental health and wellbeing of families when they need us the most

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020…

Kindness…

We love the theme of ‘kindness’ for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, as for us at Relate Bradford, it is one of our core guiding principles; kindness to one another and kindness to those we are fortunate to work with and support. #KindnessMatters

Special thanks to Jen and Jessamy for these fab posters!

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees”

Amelia Earhart

We’re still here to help the people of Bradford and Leeds during lockdown…

Coronavirus relationship advice as Relate Bradford moves counselling services to telephone and video call.

Counsellors at Relate, the leading relationships charity in England and Wales, have responded to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by putting together advice for maintaining healthy relationships during social distancing and self-isolation. The tips, which are available in full on Relate’s national website, cover topics such as how to stay connected, avoid falling out with your partner and family members, and how to talk to your children about the virus and reduce anxiety.

Relate Bradford has suspended its face-to-face services in response to the pandemic. However, to enable them to continue to support the community’s relationships, the charity has increased its capacity to deliver counselling via telephone and webcam.

Tabitha, Therapist at Relate Bradford said:

The coronavirus pandemic is changing things for all of us on an individual and societal level. Some people are being thrown into being together 24-7 after previously having quite busy very separate lives this can bring new intensities and difficulties.

Others are separated from their loved ones and may not have physical connection with partners, family or anyone for months.

For some people lockdown is providing an opportunity to slow down, and for others, such as key workers and those working remotely, work stress has ramped up the pressures people are facing.

Anxiety affects everyone, and their relationships, in different ways. Relate Bradford’s Counsellors and Psycho-sexual Therapists are still here to help. People can self-refer, and receive tips on our website: https://relatebradford.org/

The tips are available in full on Relate’s National’s website and include :

–       If you are self-isolating at home you may feel disconnected from others. Make use of social media, text, instant messaging, phone and video messaging as ways of keeping connected.

–       Your routines and roles may change if one or both of you are working from home. This could be a challenge or an opportunity so try to make it work for you by checking in regularly about how this is going.

–       You may need to get creative with the space if you are both working from home. Take turns to share the most comfortable spot.

–       Stick to facts when talking to children and communicate with them calmly, consciously and responsibly, using simple language.

–       Try to avoid using catastrophising language. Brushing things under the carpet can also increase anxiety so aim to strike a balance.

–       If somebody says or does something to upset you, try counting to ten and taking some deep breaths. It may be that you no longer feel the need to ‘react.’

Visit http://relate.org.uk to find out more about their digital services and access a range of information and self-help.

Do you work in the banking industry?

Services available to you

Through the Bank Workers Charity, you may be eligible to free counselling at Relate Bradford, providing a range of relationship counselling services for individuals and couples, including family counselling, counselling for children and young people.

Face-to-face counselling is currently unavailable due to COVID-19.

Webcam counselling – work with a qualified counsellor via web camera.

Telephone counselling – work with a qualified counsellor over the phone.

Please contact the team on 01274 726096 or through the ‘contact’ section on our website, http://www.relatebradford.org or by emailing Information@RelateBradford.com