Welcome To The Relationships Centre

The Relationships Centre, incorporating Halton Women’s Centre and the Life Skills Academy, is a charity registered in England and Wales, number 1078372.

The Relationships Centre was established in 1999 and now encompasses two main areas of service: The Life Skills Academy and Halton Women’s Centre. We make a difference to the lives of young people, their families and women.

Looking for The Life Skills Academy (Warrington)?

The Life Skills Academy offers a range of practical support, emotional support and relationships education to young people and their families. The Life Skills Academy also offers practical support to reengage young people into education and employment. Building a vital foundation for their future.
Visit The Life Skills Academy Website Here

Looking for Halton Women's Centre (Runcorn)?

Halton Women’s Centre helps you to help yourself with a range of services designed to improve your Mental and Physical health and well-being. Improve your confidence and self-esteem through group courses, well-being therapies and craft activities, whilst moving forward to achieve your goals and dreams.
Visit The Halton Women's Centre Website Here

About Us

The Relationships Centre, incorporating Halton Women’s Centre and the Life Skills Academy, is a charity registered in England and Wales, number 1078372. The Relationships Centre was established in 1999 and now encompasses two main areas of service: The Life Skills Academy and Halton Women’s Centre. We make a difference to the lives of young people, their families and women.

The Life Skills Academy (Warrington)

The Life Skills Academy offers a range of practical support, emotional support and relationships education to young people and their families. The Life Skills Academy also offers practical support to reengage young people into education and employment. Building a vital foundation for their future. Visit the Life Skills Academy website here…

Halton Women’s Centre (Runcorn)

Halton Women’s Centre helps you to help yourself with a range of services designed to improve your Mental and Physical health and well-being. Improve your confidence and self-esteem through group courses, well-being therapies and craft activities, whilst moving forward to achieve your goals and dreams. Visit the Halton Women’s Centre website here…

Join Our Volunteering Team!

The Relationships Centre always require volunteers to support the rewarding and challenging work we carry out. Our current vacancies are for a Voluntary Counsellor, Voluntary Receptionist and Voluntary Fundraiser based at our Women’s Centre in Halton. Unfortunately, we do not have any current vacancies in Warrington. Please see below for more information.

If you are inspired by what we do, feel you have the skills required to support our work, would like to give something back to the community or you would simply just like to learn more about volunteering with us then please call 01925 576767 or email us.

Qualified Voluntary Counsellor

The role:

  • Provide support to young people and adults who have been affected by health and/or relationship issues.
  • Work with clients to create action plans necessary to change their life patterns.
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Voluntary Receptionist

The role:

  • Provide general office and miscellaneous support to other staff members at The Relationships Centre as required.
  • Ensure the smooth running and organisation of the charity.
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Voluntary Fundraiser

The role:

  • Provide support in raising the profile of The Relationships Centre and its sister projects: The Life Skills Academy & Halton Women’s Centre.
  • Help to raise funds to continue the work of the charity as a whole.
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Make A Donation

If you are inspired by our work and would like to help us continue supporting young people and their families, please make a donation to The Relationships Centre. Whatever mobile network you’re on, you can support The Life Skills Academy. Please follow the texting instructions shown below. Alternatively, if you can donate your time and skills, please take a look at our corporate sponsors section and volunteering vacancies.

Make A Donation Though A Text Message

Simply text TLSA19 along with an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070

Donate Your Time Through Volunteering

If you can donate your time and skills, take a look at our Volunteering vacancies section!

Become A Corporate Sponsor…

Within any company, many employees may be parents or even young people themselves. Anyone can experience difficulty with their emotions and relationships, which is why The Relationships Centre is here to help. Gain an appreciation of some of the problems young people, parents and vulnerable women can encounter, and see how corporate sponsors have contributed to the work of The Relationships Centre by reading our stories below. If our work has inspired you to make a difference to the lives of young people, parents and vulnerable women, then you can become a corporate sponsor. You can still get involved if you haven’t worked with a charity before, The Relationships Centre will make it as easy as possible for you to become a corporate sponsor! If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for The Relationships Centre, please call us on 01925 576757 or email us.

2014

Operation… Decoration!

The Halton Women’s Centre building and The Life Skills Academy building have been transformed into new welcoming, friendly and colourful environments, with the wonderful help of TalkTalk, Dulux, Wilko’s and B&Q!

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The Life Skills Academy building has been transformed from a colourless office environment to a vibrant welcoming place to work in and access support from. A group of 40 volunteers, including young people who attend the academy, painted the rooms used for all of our unique and specialist services. Bright, uplifting colours such as pink, peach, blue, green and yellow were used to paint the walls of our building. And leftover paint was recycled to create our tree of Life Skillers on one of the walls. The paint was kindly donated by the Dulux Decorator Centre in Warrington, as part of the Let’s Colour mission to add colour to people’s lives, after Lucy, Contracts Manager at The Life Skills Academy nominated the project online.

“Many of the young people we support suffer from anxiety, mood swings and depression – so we thought it was really important to create a welcoming, positive atmosphere. Having their mark on our walls should help these young people feel a sense of ownership over the space and encourage them to achieve their potential with us.” Lucy Hindmarch, Contracts Manager, The Relationships Centre   “We really admire how the volunteers from the Life Skills Academy involved the centre’s users to create an inspiring piece of art. This bright new atmosphere will encourage young people to come to the academy and learn about how to make the most of their opportunities.” Neil Embrey, Store Manager, Dulux Decorator Centre Warrington

Special thansk go to TalkTalk who provided around 40 of their staff volunteers to paint The Life Skills Academy building and also a further 21 volunteers to paint the Halton Women’s Centre building which was also in need of brightening up. Whilst The Relationships Centre’s staff managed to ask family, friends and supporters to donate together numerous brushes, rollers and sheets from various contacts, Wilko’s also kindly donated £30 to help fund a couple of telescopic rollers and trays and B&Q who also donated the gloss paint.

2015

Garden Force: 19

Bents Garden Centre helped us to renovate and revitalise our garden at The Life Skills Academy building, with the help of TalkTalk and our amazing voluntary Life Skillers. We achieved our goal; motivate, excavate, renovate! 

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Our latest challenge has been transforming our fairly small outdoor space into a bright and welcoming environment, combining different zones for entertainment and contemplation. We wanted to create a very natural environment as the soothing nature of a garden and gardening tasks can help improve mood and boost mental health. With the help of Bents Garden Centre and another team of fantastic TalkTalk volunteers from Birchwood and Irlam who turned up in force to help start the transformation. Bents were keen to be involved from the outset, wanting to add to the local community who have already helped support our one of a kind facility. A team including Bents’ Horticultural Specialist Simon Bax, Cheryl Duckworth and Nicola Birchall from their marketing department and Nicky Kendrick from their Children’s Boutique sat down together to plan “Garden Force: 19”. Simon and Cheryl’s design divided the space into a private ‘secret garden’ area – shaded by tall grasses and vertical plant – and a space for entertainment with barbecue and seating, combined with the addition of a beehive, pots and containers, and a small area where our Life Skillers can learn to grown their own.

“What a truly amazing experience for everyone who took part in Garden Force: 19 – tremendous teamwork, generosity and kindness. This is a true example of why we [The Relationships Centre] do this work! Both Bents and TalkTalk were great, they have enabled our Life Skillers to have an amazing experience that will last for years!” Alison McCausland, Charity Director, The Relationships Centre   “Gardening is proven to help improve physical health, but it is also a fantastic way to help fight stress and tackle attention fatigue.  By helping to transform this little back garden into an outdoor haven, crammed with plants and nature we believe we can help young people re-connect with their environment.” Cheryl Duckworth, Marketing Department, Bents Garden Centre

Special thanks go to Angela at TalkTalk, all of the TalkTalk volunteers, Cheryl, Simon, Nicola and Nicky at Bents. We’d also like to thank Luke, Jack, Amy and Megan, four of our truly amazing young people. Luke, Jack and Amy have developed a whole range of new skills, including bricklaying and landscaping – without Garden Force: 19 these young people may not have had the opportunity to learn these life skills. Luke initially joined Garden Force: 19 as a volunteer, he has now progressed to managing the project. Megan has used her creative talents to bring our garden to life through beautiful bright artwork. All of these wonderful people played a key role in making this transformation happen.

Case Studies

Marion’s confidence has improved, she regularly attends Halton Women’s Centre, speaking up in group setting which she says she would never have done in the past.

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Marion was isolated and needed to socialise and make friends, her cerebral palsy limited her opportunities to get out of the house. After a few visits to Halton Women’s Centre it became apparent that Marion was in an extremely distressed place due to relationship difficulties with her husband and children. Marion however did not have the confidence to take the steps needed to help herself. With the help of The Relationships Centre, Marion attended counselling to help her cope with her emotions and understand what she wanted to happen in her life, that she had a right to choose. Marion’s confidence has now improved, she regularly attends Halton Women’s Centre speaking up in group setting which she says she would never have done in the past.

Ben is now engaged on an apprenticeship and training course for construction. Additionally, he is completing Maths and English qualifications which will help him fulfill his dream to run his own construction business in the future.

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At 16 years old, Ben had no qualifications, was addicted to cannabis and was on an intensive support plan with the Youth Offending Service (YOS). He was referred to The Relationships Centre for The Life Skills Academy by YOS, as he had not engaged with anything else. He required emotional and physical support, and a route back into engaging with positive peers. On his first visit to The Life Skills Academy, Ben would not make eye contact with any of The Life Skills Academy staff and showed little enthusiasm for the programme. Over the course of The Life Skills Academy’s programme, TnT Who Am I?, he became a leader and a peer that others looked up to. Ben transformed from a shy, uninterested and lost young person to a young adult. He built dreams, gained confidence and realised his potential, while reengaging onto a positive pathway. In Ben’s feedback he wrote down “I can communicate better with other people now. I have realised that I can try things I have not tried before and use the skills for other things”. His relationship with his family has improved, his mother’s words, “he helps out around the house more, talks to us and seems a lot happier”.

Marley has said that she would not be here today and still in employment, if she did not have the support of Halton Women’s Centre and The Relationships Centre.

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Marley was referred to our centre in April 2014 by her CPN, she was at a low point in her life as a close family member had recently committed suicide. Marley attended our Positive You course and undertook counselling to help with her bereavement issues and she made a memory scrapbook. Marley has continued to attend the Centre regularly for Crafts and has learned to crochet producing a double bed blanket. Other agencies have commented how impressed they are that Marley has begun to act for herself. Marley has said that she would not be here today and still in employment, if she did not have the support of the Womens Centre.

In Hannah’s words “If it hadn’t been for The Life Skills Academy and The Relationships Centre I wouldn’t be in college now and I wouldn’t have achieved my GCSE results”.

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Hannah was referred to The Life Skills Academy by her school as a ‘refuser’. The Hannah of that time was definitely a ‘refuser’, not only of school but of life itself. This caused a strain on Hannah’s family life and her relationships, both in and out of school. Through home-visit support sessions and one-to-one counselling with Alison, the director of The Relationships Centre, Hannah built up to attending The Life Skills Academy on a daily basis. Alison also accompanied Hannah with her family to mediation sessions at the Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Which helped towards an assessment of dysthymia and anxiety. With all of this Hannah missed a great deal of year 10, and spent a large part of her final school year at The Life Skills Academy, receiving our off-site school support services. She completed her GCSE exams in July 2014, achieving: A*, A, A, B, B, B, C. Through the help and support of The Life Skills Academy Hannah was able to work towards overcoming her anxiety and restoring her motivation. Regaining a healthy, positive lifestyle as well as achieving a very impressive exam results and earning herself a place as a full time college student.

Contact Us

If you feel you need our help,  are a concerned parent or professional that would like to refer a young person, family, or vulnerable woman to The Relationships Centre for support, please contact us by using the contact details below. Alternatively if you are inspired by our stories and would like to help The Relationships Centre to continue supporting young people, families and vulnerable women by making a donation, becoming a volunteer or becoming a corporate sponsor…
The Relationships Centre, 19 Museum Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1JA
01925 576757

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