Relationship Services

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building your family

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enjoying your family

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when things get tough

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we help you solve problems

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offering real solutions

Help is at hand when family relationships get tough. We have professional staff who can help you with family coaching for younger families aged 0 – 5, and family relationship support for families with young people aged 14 – 21.

The First for Families Programme (0 – 5) offers help and support for young families when things become difficult. A family coach will visit you at home and help with parenting skills, attendance at appointments, registering with schools, playgroups, doctors and other local services.
Find out more about the First for Families Service

The Rebuilding Families Project (14 – 21) offers help for families where a young person runs the risk of becoming homeless as a result of a breakdown in family relationships. The service is solution focussed and starts by unpicking the problem to gain an understanding of what is really going on.
Find out more about the Rebuilding Families Project


We are a specialist service supporting families who experience problems associated with parental separation. We provide an effective approach to support parents, children and young people through the process of separation. We are an approved supplier of the SPIPS and we can help you:

  • Reduce the negative emotional impact of separation
  • Reduce the costs associated with family breakdown
  • Improve the emotional wellbeing of family members
  • Reduce the need to involve the Family Courts/Cafcass
  • Communicate and understand each other more
  • Share parenting arrangements
  • Alleviate the problems associated with the introduction of new partners

Find out more about SPIPS. Download the SPIP Factsheet by clicking here and download our SPIP Welcome Pack here

We offer services to parents and families who find themselves living apart from their children, individual Supervised Child Contact and a Saturday morning Supported Contact Centre.

If you would like to attend either of these sessions please feel reassured that our trained and professional staff will look after the wellbeing of both you and your child.

Find out more about Supervised Child Contact
Find out more about the Supported Contact Centre


Through the CLOCK (Community Legal Outreach Collaboration, Keele) partnership we offer access to legal advice. Using Community Legal Companions who can help you unravel some of the complexities of housing, welfare benefits, family law, criminal justice, asylum and immigration with:

  • Guidance on form-filling and application process
  • Unbundling papers in formal proceedings
  • Note taking
  • Assistance in legal and formal proceedings, including McKenzie Friend

The CLOCK Partnership is headed by Dr Jane Krishnadas of Keele University with members drawn from Public Service Agencies, Voluntary Sector Services, Legal Services (Solicitors, Judges, Family Court Services) and Advocacy Services. The Community Legal Companions (Law Students based at Keele) are trained and supervised to take part as active citizens to support people in their local communities.
For more information please contact YMCA Relationship Services (01782 222 389) or follow the link below:
http://www.keele.ac.uk/law/legaloutreachcollaboration/
Find out more about McKenzie Friends


Alison ODonovan

Relationship services manager

01782 222389

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