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Did you have a HAPPY SUMMER ?

      The Summer holidays are over, back to school, back to work, back to everyday life. Christmas hols are still a long way off. Sometimes, we look forward to something so much that we build it up to have unrealistic expectations of how it will be. The reality does not always live up to our dreams. We become disappointed and often take it out on those nearest and dearest. What should have been a restful and relaxing time became tense. Did you have a quarrelsome Summer with your partner or children? Don’t let it fester, do something about the arguments and irritation. Make an appointment with us. Make the next holiday different.  

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TESCO AND TAUNTON RELATE

  Do you ever shop in Taunton? In September and October if you are shopping in one of the following Tesco stores in Taunton, put your blue bags of help token in our Relate box. GALMINGTON TAUNTN EXP  TA1 4TY TAUNTON TA1 4AB LISIEUX WY TAUNTN EXP  TA1 2PD REX TAUNTON EXP TA1 3ES TAUNTON HIGH ST EXP TA1 3PN TAUNTON PRIORSWD EXP  TA2 7PS  we need them to put their tokens in our box. We are raising money to help fund our YOUNG PERSON COUNSELLING SERVICE in TAUNTON. We need your help…………

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Holidays and Intimacy

Holidays are often the time when couples have good, lazy and relaxed sex. The stresses of our everyday lives are forgotten for an all too brief time. Couples have more time to connect, if the weather is good (!), we wear fewer clothes and thoughts stray to intimacy and love making. If you are the partner who dreads the thought of this, especially when on holiday, as the usual excuses – tired, children, TV, work, family – are not relevant then you need to think seriously about looking for help. At Relate we see couples and individuals who have lost all feelings of desire. There are many reasons for this and all relationships are different. We offer a psycho sexual therapy in our Exeter office for those people who realise they have a problem with intimacy with their partner. Post Summer holidays is often the time when couples decide that the time has come  to do something about it. Phone now to make an appointment.    

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THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS ARE HERE.

  1.Try to sit down as a family to discuss what you can and cannot do over the Summer. 2. If you and your partner get argumentative, for example getting lost en route to somewhere, remember children benefit from seeing conflict constructively resolved – humour is a great way to dispel car tension. 3. If you have step-children and you are all going away for the first time, it will feel very different for the children. Try and create some new holiday traditions. 4. Talk as a couple before you go away about boundaries for your children – keep a united front if they challenge you. 5. Try to spend some time alone as a couple. Holidays are meant to be fun and relaxing but they can also be times of stress and discord. If your family needs some extra support – either over the summer holidays or after the break – talking to one of our counsellors could really help to improve things. To make an appointment or talk to someone please phone: 03007729681 e-mail: reception@relate-ed.org.uk    

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Thank you Okehampton United Charities

  The Relate office in Okehampton once again thank the Trustees of The Okehampton United Charities Trust for their continued financial support of our counselling service based in the Ockment Centre, in Okehampton. We have expanded our services this year by adding another counsellor who works evenings. Our counsellors who work in rural areas gain a great understanding about the particular challenges that may present in relationships within families, as well as the joys of living in beautiful rural surroundings.   If you would like to talk to a counsellor about a relationship issue – –phone –  03007729681 e-mail– reception@exrelate.org.uk  – don’t leave it until it becomes a crisis. Karen Percival of O.U.C. with Veronica Beckett of RELATE

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Almost a quarter of people in the South West are dissatisfied with their sex life

Almost a quarter (24 percent) of people in the South West of England are dissatisfied with their sex life and over a third (36 percent) have experienced a sexual problem according to new figures from Relate Exeter and District.  The same study found that just under a fifth (18 percent) of people living in the South West said that low libido or differing sex drives is placing a strain on their relationship.    The figures are taken from a report by Relate and Relationships Scotland, Let’s talk about sex. The UK wide study included over 5000 respondents, 495 of whom were from the South West. With sexual satisfaction strongly linked to overall relationship quality and health and wellbeing, Relate Exeter and District is encouraging people in Devon and Somerset to talk more openly about sex and to seek support early on if they are unhappy with their sex life.  Relate Sex Therapist, Veronica Beckett  at Relate Exeter and District said: “It’s a shame that so many people in the South West are dissatisfied with their sex life, particularly as this can have a knock on effect on relationships and overall wellbeing.  Part of the problem here is that many couples…

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THANK YOU JOHN LEWIS EXETER

Many thanks from all at Relate Exeter and District to all at John Lewis in Exeter for the very generous cheque. It has been a great opportunity for us and helps us to help others.

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Relate Exeter and District calls on local candidates to support relationships if elected

Relate Exeter and District is calling on candidates in local constituencies to make supporting healthy couple, co-parenting and family relationships a priority if they are elected on 8th June.  The charity is launching the Relationships Alliance 2017 Manifesto  in conjunction with other relationships charities, OnePlusOne, Tavistock Relationships and Marriage Care.  The Manifesto contains seven key policy priorities including investing in free or subsidised relationship support for disadvantaged groups. Relate says that through supporting relationships any future government would help to resolve parental conflict, reduce health demand, and improve children’s performance at school.  The Alliance has based its manifesto priorities on a growing body of evidence demonstrating the value of relationship support services to society and the economy. For example, the Government’s own evaluation found that relationship counselling could save £11.40 for every £1 spent.* Sheila Maycock, Centre Manager at Relate Exeter and District, said: “Poor quality relationships are often at the root of so many of society’s problems including mental health issues, homelessness, debt, loneliness and poor physical health. By ensuring that relationship support is available to everyone who needs it, no matter what their income, we’re confident that local statutory authorities would see vast improvements in local health and…

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Enjoy your Summer Holidays

We are advising people to come to Relate now if they feel their relationship is coming under strain BEFORE children break up for the Summer Holidays so everyone can enjoy the holidays together. Says Development Officer Veronica “The summer holidays are not far away – this can often be a tense time for families. Expectations are often unrealistic about how easy and happy the holidays will be. Couples who are both working find they have to juggle their holiday allowance to cope with child care. Family members such as Grandparents, who often help out, might themselves be going away during the summer. This means that couples often get to see less of one another during the holiday period.  Families on low incomes find keeping children entertained and fed throughout the summer holidays can put further strain on the family budget. If all their friends are away on holiday there is more pressure to keep them entertained and busy.”  To find out more information or, to book an appointment, please phone Relate on 03007729681

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