The Way We Are Now 2015

Relationships matter. They’re the life-blood of a thriving society and sustain us through the good times and the bad.

Our 2015 relationships study gives a unique insight into the home lives, working lives, social lives and sex lives of people in the UK. The results highlight the importance of looking after our relationships – and making sure that the right support is there if we need it.

Find out what people told us about their relationships in 2015.

Case study: Nobody understands how I feel

Young People's Counselling
Katie’s parents finally split up after months of arguing, uncertainty and anger. She worries about money, about how her mum will cope, about telling her friends at school. She even worries that it was somehow all her fault. She is only 13.

But she doesn’t want to burden either of her parents, so she won’t say how she feels and appears not to care, says she is ‘fine’ and spends as little time at home as she can.

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What’s love got to do with it? 14 ideas for putting relationships at the heart of public policy

What's love got to do with it?Relationships matter. Good quality relationships with partners, families, friends and wider social networks provide meaning to our lives and are central to our identity. But they also hold the keys to our health and wellbeing; to our ability to engage in and progress in education and at work, to our long term life chances and to instilling resilience in individuals. They are also the cornerstone of a thriving economy and society.

Download ‘What’s love got to do with it?’ to read more.

Christmas Hopes and Fears Polling 2014

Family time tops Christmas lists in the South of England

New Relate survey reveals the region’s festive hopes and worries

  • 89% of people in the South of England said spending time with immediate family is important to them for a happy Christmas this year*
  • 86% of people in the South of England rated avoiding family arguments as important to them for a happy Christmas
  • The most commonly reported worry was the cost of Christmas*** (38%)
  • 15% of people in the South of England said they were worried about feeling lonely this Christmas

Argument-free family time comes top of most people in the South of England’s Christmas list this year, reveals a survey released today by leading relationships charity Relate London South West. With Christmas fast approaching, 89% of people in the South of England asked by YouGov said that spending time with immediate family was important to them for a happy Christmas (respondents were given a list of options to choose from). Interestingly, more than four out of five people (86%) also rated avoiding family arguments as important.

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