Over the course of the pandemic, Relate NI have been working to provide relationship support to children, young people, individuals, couples, and families, many of whom have felt under pressure from the effects of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown conditions.
At various points in the past year, Relate NI have worked with colleagues across the UK in order to best understand the pressures facing relationships.
Using the insights from the various pieces of research illustrated below, as well as our experience of supporting people and their relationships in Northern Ireland for over 70 years, we have created a number of Covid-19 Relationship Support Resources as well as tips and ideas to help you Relieve the Pressure on Your Relationships as we emerge out of lockdown.
The next stage of a major research project looking at the long term impact of COVID-19 on families, Families Un-locked, is now seeking participants. This is a great opportunity to better understand this impact in Northern Ireland and Relate NI are asking as many people in NI as possible to fill in the survey; Families Unlocked Revisited.
As well as seeking to establish how our relationships have evolved since the Autumn, the study has also added in questions around new themes such as loneliness, loss and also resilience and what can we learn from our experiences over the past year.
The ultimate aim of this research is to help develop new ways to support families, couples and children during the ‘new normal’, any subsequent waves of the pandemic and any future public health crises.
Relate NI CEO, Duane Farrell, said;
“The word unprecedented has been used so much over the past year, but the global pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our lives and on our communities. Much of the public debate about the impact of COVID-19 has focused on the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. It’s been clear to Relate NI that people and their relationships have also been impacted over this last year, both positively and negatively.
It’s vitally important that we understand what those impacts have been and how they have ebbed and flowed over the course of the last year for people and for families. Research such as the Families Unlocked survey will help us build evidence which we can use to tell the story of how family relationships need to be supported as we seek to emerge from this past year”
Thank you to everybody who has taken part in our research so far. Below you can see some of the key statistics from a year of pandemic relationships;
To help us better understand the impact of covid on relationships, please take part in Families Unlocked Revisited.
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