Relationship Support for NI Workplaces

Relationship Support for NI Workplaces

The pandemic has created myriad challenges for our communities across Northern Ireland – the impact of lockdown, financial pressures, home schooling, separation from extended family, working from home and in physical isolation of colleagues are just some of the out-turns of the last 14 months.  This disruption has not only impacted on our family relationships and friendship networks but also our work relationships.

With the lifting of restrictions and ending of support such as the furlough scheme, many organisations are looking at their staff returning to the workplace in the coming months or formalising their approaches to work with either permanent working from home or taking a blended approach.

These changes will be at a time when anxiety remains high and many will have experienced trauma both directly and indirectly with little opportunity to access support and information.

The concerns, challenges and worries that employees may have coming out of lockdown may be about leaving their families and the security and safety of their homes, but also about returning to the workplace and re-establishing relationships with their work colleagues.  As we transition to new workplace norms it is vital that employers support the emotional wellbeing of their people and how they are managing their relationships as we emerge from the pandemic.

For over 70 years Relate NI has provided counselling support to families, adults, couples, children and young people experiencing conflict, separation, isolation, parenting difficulties, low esteem and confidence and other issues that impact on having healthy relationships.

In response to the issues and challenges that people will face as we move forward Relate NI has developed support and wellbeing workshops, using our experience of improving relationships and expertise to support staff teams in organisations across Northern Ireland.


The aim of this work to support the wellbeing of the employees through providing information, an opportunity to talk and to share, and to identify opportunities to promote personal wellbeing and signpost to other help.

We offer tailored sessions that can focus on a range of areas depending on the needs of your people.  These include:

  •          Family relationships coming out of pandemic
  •          Recovering relationships after lockdown
  •          Promoting personal wellbeing and resilience
  •          Identifying sources of support


Sessions last for 1.5hrs and include a presentation, breaks for participants to check in and end with a Q & A.  We can carry these sessions out through zoom, enabling access from teams working remotely as well as in the office.

Our most recent evaluation survey with people who use our services has demonstrated that over 90% of respondents said that their engagement with Relate NI services improved their wellbeing.

We can work with up to 25 people and the cost is £350 per session.  If more than one session is required we can offer reduced cost for subsequent sessions.

Find Out More

Our workplace wellbeing workshops can be tailor made to the needs of your team, and can include one off sessions or more regular relationship support. To enquire please contact our Head of Business Operations at or by calling 028 9032 3454

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“How Relate NI helps people”

“I found the Relationship MOT an excellent method of focusing on we work as a couple and just as importantly, where we need to work. It was professional, insightful and well worth the time. It has reminded us of how much we have to be proud of in our relationship and why it is so important to occasionally review it with experts.”Service Attended Relationship MOT
“I would definitely recommend using the Relationship MOT service as a bit of a check in with your partner. I thought how the counsellor was able to steer the conversation was very insightful and nuanced. The MOT reminded us about why we are great together but also the importance of communication and respect.” “Our counsellor provided an outside perspective which immediately helped us to agree that we needed to stop and think with more kindness and empathy for each other especially when stressed or pissed off. We both felt that our counsellor’s excellent and gentle facilitation was quite invigorating. So many positives!”Service Attended Relationship MOT 2
Very Interesting Content. I like the concept of preparing your relationship before you have problemsService Attended Sustaining Healthy Relationships – Surestart 4
The face to face programme has made me feel connected with others experiencing similar thingsService Attended Sustaining Healthy Relationships – Surestart 3
The workshops made me more confident to balance family life after the baby's arrivalService Attended Sustaining Healthy Relationships – Surestart 2
I now have a better understanding of myself, it is good to know that it is normal to have argumentsService Attended Sustaining Healthy Relationships – Surestart 1
I felt the weekly questionnaire, couples with the counsellor's understanding of my needs help contribute to my own understanding of my mental health and needs throughout.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling for Individuals
I loved every session. Our counsellor listened to what we had to say and gave us helpful wee homework - would recommend this service to everybodyService Attended Adult Relationship Counselling for Couples
Our counsellor was a fantastic support - we now feel strong enough to continue working on our relationship togetherService Attended Adult Relationship Counselling for Couples
I had a very good counsellor that helped me through a lot and it has made me come out the other side.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling for Individuals
Counselling took us from a bad place to a good one and I would return if neededService Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Couples
Been a lifeline to help us fall in love again - forever grateful!Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Couples
I would just like to say that when I first came for counselling I felt that I was drowning.  I have completed my sessions and I now feel that I can cope a lot better with everything.  Thank you for a brilliant service.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Individuals
Thank you Relate NI for a good nights sleep.Service Attended Relate NI Kids Counselling
Really enjoyed Relate NI and I'm actually going to miss counselling.  I Found it helpful to find myself again. Very fair and equal within our relationship.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Couples
I appreciated the straightforward, helpful and informed observations about situations. It really helped me cope during Christmas which is a difficult time for usService Attended Family Counselling
The counsellor was very pleasant to meet with.  They had the necessary skills to speak and listen when appropriate.  I liked their humour and good personality.Service Attended Family Counselling
Relate NI has helped me move on as well as understand myself and situation more.  My counsellor listened to me, facilitated me and was compassionate!Service Attended Relate NI Teen Counselling
I felt the weekly questionnaire, coupled with counsellor's understanding of my needs helped contribute to my own understanding of my mental health and needs throughoutService Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Individuals
We had four funded sessions and cannot express how grateful we are for the help, guidance and knowledge. Our counsellor was incredibly professional, and her experience and obvious passion for helping couples like us was exceptional. She helped us to understand ourselves and each other like we otherwise never would have been able to.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Couples
I have tried counselling many times in the past. This time actually made a difference. I was able to complete online sessions as well as some face to face.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Individuals

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