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  • Relate NI urging people to 'Relieve the Pressure' this Christmas following relationships survey results
    17 December 2020


    Relate NI highlights pressure on relationships this Christmas in NI Relationships Survey and launches self-help e-books as part of first Winter Campaign, ‘Relieve The Pressure’   People in Northern Ireland are feeling much more pessimistic about Christmas this year, with optimism levels dropping by almost half due to Covid-19 according to the results of a survey conducted for Relate NI.   75% of respondents surveyed said they normally feel positive about Christmas where...

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    Dec
    2020
    Foster Meaningful Relationships Through Volunteering
    Every year on December 5th, organizations and individuals around the world take part in International Volunteer Day which celebrates the contributions made by volunteers towards development in their communities. This year especially, the work of volunteers has been paramount in the community response towards the Covid-19 pandemic and we commend everybody who stepped up to help those most vulnerable in their communities. The relationships and connections we make with people through volunteering...

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    Jul
    2020
    The New 'Relationship' Normal
    New Year’s Eve 2019 - fading bars of Auld Lang Syne, hopeful conversations about the potential of 2020, and all of the associated revelry that New Year’s Eve brings. Amidst all of this, few of us could have imagined that a global pandemic would take hold and dominate politics, the economy and that it would change our lives and communities in the way that it has. The fact that this particular Coronavirus was new meant we had no effective treatment, no vaccine and no population immunit...

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    Jul
    2020
    Lockdown, Learning and Lessons
    Many (or most) parents I’ve talked to have found lockdown a challenge, although ed for different reasons.   As a mum to a 6-year-old (Reuben), we were no different. I’d go as far as to say many days and in many ways it was a struggle. We had ups and downs, tears and fears, tantrums and frustrations… and that was just me!   If I had to name our biggest hurdle it was home school or home learning, call it what you will, it was hard! After the first few days the no...

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    Jul
    2020
    Relationships Week Launches
    New survey highlights strong relationships key to wellbeing in Northern Ireland   A UK wide survey[i] has revealed that almost 60% of people in Northern Ireland believe that relationships with loved ones are what has got them through the health crisis[ii]. The survey, by leading UK relationship charity Relate shows across couple, family and social relationships, people have had a range of ‘relationship realisations’ – many positive and some more challenging. The parent...

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    May
    2020
    Be Kind to Yourself
    "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees."  Amelia Earhart This week is Mental Health Awareness week which has been running by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001. However, we can’t help but feel that this year the awareness around this topic is more important than ever given the current situation we are experiencing. Protecting our mental health is so important in terms of helping us to cope and recover from the co...

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    May
    2020
    Are You Safe at Home?
    What is clear is that this pandemic has already had a seismic impact on families and households in Northern Ireland, and will continue to do so well beyond lockdown. As families struggle with a perfect storm of financial worries, being locked down in 4 walls, and significant changes to traditional sources of support such as schools, community groups and health services, it is important that we need to start considering our post Coronavirus response. As well as these challenges, there’s an...

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    Apr
    2020
    Mental Health Matters
    News reports from China, where cities are emerging from their own lockdown, indicate a spike in applications for divorce. News reports locally are also indicating the trauma being experienced by families when loved ones are alone in hospitals and care homes, with frontline workers becoming the vital connection between patients and their families. We know at Relate NI that what sits behind these statistics are real people, experiencing this awfulness – all with slightly different responses...

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    Apr
    2020
    Some Arguments Are Good
    Relationships matter – and the current Coronavirus pandemic has brought that reality sharply into focus for us all over these last few weeks. As communities across Northern Ireland adjust to lockdown and guidelines on physical distancing, people are highlighting the real and significant impact on relationships in their conversations with us at Relate NI. Loss and loneliness is evident; missed hugs from children or grandchildren and being alone due to medical advice to shield from family a...

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  • 20

    Mar
    2020
    Our tips and support to help you and your relationships through Covid 19
    Impact on relationships: The coronavirus outbreak is leading to big changes in the way we live our everyday lives. Our relationships will be hugely important for getting us through self-isolation, social distancing and other concerns may also place them under added pressure. Our counsellors have put together some tips for looking after your relationships with partners, family, children, friends, colleagues and yourself during this challenging time.   Staying connected   If you a...

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