Every relationship matters

Relationships Australia Canberra and Region provides support services to people at times of vulnerability in their lives. Photo: Shutterstock.
Relationships Australia Canberra and Region provides support services to people at times of vulnerability in their lives. Photo: Shutterstock.

Most people experience relationship vulnerability from time to time at various times of their lives.

This can appear as parenting stress in the first months of a baby's arrival, through to parenting adolescents, step-parenting and grandparenting. It can relate to intimate relationships, where communication or intimacy has flagged over time.

For many people, relationships can be controlling and abusive in a range of ways. Months and years following decisions to separate can be fraught and will benefit from non-adversarial mediated support.

Relationships Australia Canberra and Region provides support services to people at times of vulnerability in their lives. The organisation believes that all relationships matter, and provides relationship help to people, regardless of religious belief, gender, sexuality, age or ethnicity.

Services are offered throughout the Riverina, NSW south coast and in and around the ACT.

While services are available for when matters deteriorate and need external supports, there is also a place for preventive approaches through, for instance, group-based relationship education programs (to discuss, for example, how to co-parent children after separation, or how to build intimate partner communication skills, how to build a broader range of parenting skills), group-based support groups that allow members to draw on the strength of the group to support them through a period of, say, grief, or gambling harm recovery, or groups to discuss how to change ways of resolving conflict in family relationships.

Supports are available individually, or for couples, families or groups. They are available, depending on the service type, in Relationships Australia centres, or at a range of outreach and community centres. They can be face to face, by telephone or online. Most Relationships Australia services are subsidised by government supports with charges made on a sliding scale based on income, and some are entirely free.

Staff seeing clients hold qualifications in their field and are members of professional associations depending on their discipline.

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