Support for Local Families

Relate Basingstoke & District is an independently registered local charity serving the Basingstoke & Deane area, in addition to part of Hart and East Hampshire District Council areas.

The centre is the main provider of couple counselling in the town with a rapid response to needs of the local community. Counsellors also work in Alton and Bordon on a sessional basis each week and from November will be providing a relationship counselling service in Whitchurch on Tuesday evenings.

Relate is the healthy alternative

Relate, the UK�s leading organisation for couple and family relationships, has found that Relate intervention is good for the health of couples in troubled relationships. In a recent study of Relate clients 40% of people recorded a significant decrease in visits to the doctor after seeking support.

Of the clients that told us that their relationship difficulties were increasing their use of prescription drugs before coming to us, 74% of those clients said that Relate support had reduced their usage.

Relate has seen a 10% increase in the numbers of people seeking its help in 2004/5, Chief Executive of Relate Angela Sibson said: �People will know either from their own experience or through that of friends, relatives and colleagues that serious problems in a relationship affect you physically, as well having an emotional strain.

Being unhappy in your relationship can seriously damage your general wellbeing � these results, taken from nationwide data, show that in many cases practical support from Relate reduces visits to the GP and cuts the use of prescription drugs.�

People using services pay towards the cost according to their means (with the exception of young people using the Relateen service). Each year we apply to local authorities for funding to enable a subsidised service to be provided for people on low income or benefits. In the next year Relate Basingstoke & District will raise 65% of its costs from service users.

Our friendly appointments staff will be pleased to answer your queries � just call on 01256 324364 or visit our website on


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