Sad news – Relate charity shop to close

Relate Mid Thames & Buckinghamshire (MTB) has had the Relate Charity Shop for 4 years to raise money for the Bursary Funding Scheme – this has enabled people to access high quality, professional relationship counselling regardless of whether they can afford the fee.  The shop will be sadly be opening its doors for the last time on Friday 5th January in the new year due to the demolishment of the Colonnade part of the Chapel Arches redevelopment.

But more than that, Fiona Greenfield, Centre Director, says it has become ‘a real community hub’ with people knowing they can drop in for a chat with Chris and to fuss Gracie, as well as picking up a bargain. The shop has gained a strong reputation as a ‘quirky, vintage-style boutique’.

Fiona wants to say a public thank you to Chris and Gracie (her dog), not just for the amount of money they have raised through their hard work and dedication, but also for acting as fantastic ambassadors for Relate MTB in the community. Also a massive thank you to all our loyal customers and for the amazingly kind donations over these past 4 years making it the shop that is  today.

Fiona says: “The town is going to be the poorer for not having Chris and Gracie, the Relate MTB shop and all the charity shops that make such a difference to our community above and beyond the money they raise. It has become a real community hub where everyone can call in and it’s such a shame that there isn’t a way that very low rent shops can be provided without having to rely on the goodwill of developers which means charity shops can have a very uncertain, short term future.”

                
Chris in the shop                                                                   Gracie helping to sort donations

Annual Meeting

Our wonderful and witty president, Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE joined us at the Relate MTB annual meeting.

We are very grateful to Tim, and to his wife, Christine, for giving their time and for supporting the valuable work that our counsellors do in our local communities.

Our Chair, Janice Campbell, outlined our progress in 2016-17 and the challenges facing us in the year ahead in raising money for our Bursary Funding Scheme and in meeting the demand for high quality, professional relationship counselling across East Berkshire and most of Buckinghamshire.

Relate MTB Trustee Rebecca Curley gave an insight into her role as a volunteer on the board and as an ambassador for Relate MTB in the community, spreading the word about our service and paying tribute to the counsellors saying: “I couldn’t be a Trustee without really believing in the people I am doing it for and the service you provide.”

Our Centre Director, Fiona Greenfield, thanked Rebecca and all the Trustees for their commitment and praised the Relate MTB counsellors and appointments and admin team for their skill and dedication.

Tim said: “Every year I come here and I’m reminded how worthwhile relate MTB’s service is. It is quite moving, I know how much goes into it and as President, I am very proud of the whole organisation.”

Shanly Foundation helps to build better relationships


Relate MTB’s Bursary Funding Scheme has received a generous donation from the Shanly Foundation.

Trustees have made a grant of £4,000 to our Bursary Funding Scheme, which will enable our team of counsellors to help local people build better relationships.

Relate MTB Centre Director, Fiona Greenfield, thanked the Shanly Foundation, saying: “Without the support of charitable organisations like the Shanly Foundation we simply would not be able to serve disadvantaged and vulnerable people within our local community, providing a high quality, reliable and confidential service for people who are feeling isolated and vulnerable.

“Thank you on behalf of our counsellors and all the people they help.”

For appointments and to find out more about Relate MTB counselling services, please call 01628 625320.

October 2017

Radio & TV times for counsellors

Our counsellors have taken to the airwaves and the small screen to spread the word about our work.

Marlow FM 97.5FM’s Mid-Morning Matters host, Mary Flavelle, interviewed a counsellor to discover the high level of training that goes into providing professional relationship counselling and the difference their help makes to local people.

Meanwhile community television station, That’s Thames Valley, featured our new counselling room in Windsor and gave viewers an insight into how accessible our counselling is and the wide range of issues that Relate MTB relationship counsellors can address.

Watch the full interview here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK-mX6lzXnA&feature=youtu.be&a

For appointments and to find out more about Relate MTB counselling services, please call 01628 625320.

Picture shows Relate MTB’s new counselling room in Windsor featured on That’s Thames Valley.

October 2017

Chiltern District Council supports Relate MTB

Thank you to councillors who have recognised the difference that Relate MTB counselling makes to their community by supporting us.

Chiltern District Council has made a grant of £1,800 towards our Bursary Funding Scheme, enabling local residents to access professional relationship counselling regardless of their ability to pay.

Relate MTB Centre Director, Fiona Greenfield, said: “We are very grateful to councillors in Chiltern District for supporting our service for local residents, especially as we fully recognise the pressures on their budget. This grant will help us to make a much-needed and life-long difference to the lives of local families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds.”

For appointments and to find out more about Relate MTB counselling services, please call 01494 791180.

September 2017

New counselling room in Windsor

We are delighted with our comfortable new counselling room in Windsor which is now open for appointments – thanks to support from Royal Borough councillor Wisdom da Costa.

Our counsellors and clients have been given a warm welcome by our hosts, Apple Physiotherapy, at their centre in Osborne Road and Cllr da Costa joined us to cut the ribbon after generously donating £500 to help with the rental cost.

Cllr Da Costa commented: “Relate MTB are here to help people, young and old, negotiate their way through the ups and downs of life. Their trained counsellors do a fantastic job and I would like to help couples and families move on positively in their journey through life.”

Relate MTB Centre Director, Fiona Greenfield, said: “We are very grateful to Cllr Wisdom Da Costa for his kind donation, with no statutory funding we are totally dependent on donations from charitable organisations and from people who appreciate the value to the community of the work we do.

“I also want to thank the Apple Physiotherapy team for making us so welcome in their lovely treatment centre.”

You can watch a short TV report about the new Windsor counselling room here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK-mX6lzXnA&feature=youtu.be&a

For appointments and to find out more about Relate MTB counselling services, please call 01628 625320.

Picture shows Fiona Greenfield welcoming Cllr Wisdom da Costa to Relate MTB’s new counselling room in Apple Physiotherapy Centre, Osborne Road, Windsor.

September 2017

 

A big thank you to Louis Baylis Trust

On behalf of the thousands of people who will turn to Relate Mid Thames & Buckinghamshire this year, and our team of professional relationship counsellors, I would like to publicly thank the Louis Baylis Trust for again supporting our Bursary Funding Scheme with a £2,000 grant.

Relate MTB is a stand-alone local charity and we rely on local donations and grants for all our funding. The continued support of the Louis Baylis Trust enables us to meet the growing need for counselling regardless of people in need’s ability to pay. In 2016-17 we provided counselling to 1,990 – and increase on the previous year and we are expecting that number to rise again in this current year.

The Louis Baylis Trust is supported by everyone who buys a copy of the Maidenhead Advertiser and the Windsor & Eton Express and, as a reader myself, I appreciate the important role that having reliable, quality newspapers plays in supporting our community, so I would like to extend my thanks also to all the staff and readers.

Fiona Greenfield
Centre Director

Relate supporter wins £250 on Vale Lottery

We are so pleased that one of our supporters has won £250 on the Vale Lottery.

This is a great way of supporting this organisation and ensuring we can continue to offer Bursary support. Last year 15% of all appointments were supported by the Bursary scheme – to continue to do this we must raise significant funds, and we do this through the support of local authorities including Aylesbury Vale and their lottery fund.

https://www.valelottery.co.uk/support/relate

Please support our London Marathon runner

Our wonderful colleague here at Relate MTB is our local charity’s first ever runner in the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 23!

Amanda works hard behind the scenes to ensure that local families, couples, children, grandparents and individuals of all ages can access our professional relationship counselling regardless of their ability to pay.

On top of that Amanda, a local mum, runs a busy home and family life – and is training for hours every week to build up to her first full marathon to raise money for our Bursary Funding Scheme.

She says: Amanda says: “I see the difference the counsellors make to people of all ages, from young children upwards, and from all walks of life. I’ve never run a marathon before and it’s a big challenge for me – mentally as well as physically – but I’m determined to finish the course to help provide Relate MTB counselling to local people.”

Please join us in cheering on Amanda as she pounds the streets of the London on April 23, and make a difference to your community by sponsoring her at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/relate2/417970