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Prostate Cancer UK and Relationships Scotland offer free counselling

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A diagnosis of prostate cancer can have a huge impact on relationships. That’s why Prostate Cancer UK is working with Relationships Scotland to offer a confidential counselling service for couples, individuals or family members affected by prostate cancer. This service can help you work through your feelings about prostate cancer and how it has affected…

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Positive Relationships at the Heart of Scotland

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Guest blog post by Morag Chisholm, Counsellor & Treasurer at Relationships Scotland Dumfries & Galloway Politicians both sides of the border are fond of extolling the virtues of family values, often without taking time to understand the complexities of modern relationships. MSPs at our recent Parliamentary event instead chose listening and learning with third and…

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The state of the UK’s relationships in 2014

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Our new report reveals Scotland’s couple, family, friendships, sex and work secrets: • 1 in 10 people don’t have a single close friend (8%) • 1 in 5 never or rarely felt loved in the two weeks before the survey (18%) • A quarter of people say they are not satisfied with their sex lives…

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Tell us your relationship story

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In August 2014 we will be launching a major piece of research exploring the state of the UK’s relationships. The report gives us a snapshot of all kinds of relationships, from couples to colleagues. To help us to bring the research to life and show what it means to different people across Scotland we would…

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Top Ten Father’s Day 2014 events across Scotland

If you have been in any shop over the last month you could not have failed to notice that Father’s Day is almost upon us. Although the World Cup will have started most games are not on until the evening so before you cook your Dad a well-earned meal why not check out one of…

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Becoming a dad can ‘re-wire’ a father’s brain

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Guest post from Maureen Smyth, Writer/Editor with Shelter UK and Social Media Volunteer with Relationships Scotland. Scientists, and society, have talked for years about the brains of mothers being ‘hardwired’ for parenting. Studies have shown changes in the brains of new mothers, particularly to the level of the hormone oxytocin, also known as the ‘love’…

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Family Mediation: Untapped potential as a dispute resolution method in Scotland?

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This is special guest blog post from Lauren Ferguson, 4th Year LLB Law (Honours) Student at Glasgow Caledonian University. Lauren’s post examines international perspectives in family mediation as a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Lauren’s views do not necessarily reflect those of Relationships Scotland. Mediation has become a widely recognised method of alternative dispute resolution. Putting an…

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Our child contact centre projects secure £1.5m Lottery funding


Projects supporting Scottish families through the toughest of times, including conflict and relationship breakdown, are to expand their services thanks to over £1.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund. Today’s total of £1,574,143 goes to five organisations supporting child contact centres in different parts of the country. • Relationships Scotland Orkney • Relationships Scotland Borders…

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How would mandatory mediation protect survivors of domestic abuse?

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Guest post from Rosanne Cubitt, Joint Head of Professional Practice at Relationships Scotland. Mediation is, essentially, a voluntary process in which parties are helped to communicate, negotiate and make their own decisions. There is no compulsion to agree and no decision imposed. So what is ‘mandatory mediation’? The term is normally used as a short…

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