To make a referral,
111 Bishopsgate Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 1ET
Telephone: 0121 643 1638
Relate Birmingham is a local charity. Our role is to help people build better relationships and reduce the negative impact of family breakdown, especially for children. We provide a range of counselling services to adults, parents, children and young people mediation and training from our centre near Five Ways in Birmingham and from our smaller sites across Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Solihull, Sandwell, Dudley and South Staffordshire.
Founded in 1946, Relate Birmingham is a charity which believes we are all entitled to healthy, respectful and rewarding relationships with our partners, families and friends. We are committed to providing services to prevent and reduce the effect of relationship breakdown and promote positive relationships for people at all ages and life stages. Our services include:
Relationship Counselling is for couples and individuals who have come across issues in their personal relationships or need support in their role as parents. We help them cope with communication problems, family life and parenting, divorce or separation and aim to help them improve their relationships with partners, children and relatives. We also work with domestic abuse and violence, past sexual abuse and mental health issues. We have recently started a new relationship support service with Macmillan for anyone affected by cancer and also supported national Relate projects for army personnel and bank workers. We are also piloting a specialist domestic abuse counselling service and individual support for perpetrators. Over the next year we want to fund a bursary for vulnerable parents with financial difficulties and set up webcam services to improve access.
Family Counselling addresses issues when problems and arguments in a family can’t be resolved. These may include parents and children with communication difficulties, step families or new families adapting to change, or families who are recovering from the impact of past abuse. Family counselling is available at our centres and we also work in schools, children’s centres and a residential assessment unit. In the last year the demand for family counselling has increased by 20% and we aim to train 3 more specialist family counsellors.
Children & Young People’s Counselling
Our Time for You counselling service supports 5-18 year olds experiencing emotional, social or behavioural problems because of changes or conflict in their family such as divorce, step families, illness, and domestic violence or bullying. So far over 2000 children and young people have benefitted from this service and we also work in schools. We need to secure funding to enable us to provide free, accessible counselling and to meet the growing demand. We also need to train more counsellors to work specifically with children aged 10.
Relate mediators are here to listen to ex-partners to their concerns and views.
To help reach agreements around things like finances, arrangements for children, property and other assets
Lifeskills, Education & Training
We have a small team of trainers who deliver relationship, parenting and lifeskills workshops and tailored training for professionals and voluntary groups. We run a programme of workshops aimed at helping people build their confidence, move on from a separation and improve their relationships with their children. This year we also want to pilot workshops to support couples making a commitment and parents of teenagers and deliver these, where possible, in local community based venues.