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Charity (no. 1079585)

Relate Dorset & South Wiltshire

"Providing a range of relationship support for adults, families, children and young people."

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

We help individuals, couples and families of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations in Dorset, South Wiltshire & Somerset to get the most out of their relationships.

Our headquarters are at Poundbury near Dorchester but we also provide a counselling service at Salisbury and Verwood and hope to re-open our Shaftesbury and Yeovil services soon.  Most of our services are also available via webcam and telephone too.

Our Services Are

Low Cost Subsidised Charged

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What We Do

We provide the following services - please click on the links for further details 

Relationship Counselling 

Whether you're having problems in your relationship or you'd just like to understand your partner better, talking things through with one of our counsellors can make a real difference.

Relationship Counselling is for everyone. Whether you're married, single, living together or apart, straight or gay we can help you strengthen your relationships. 

Family Counselling 

If things are feeling a little strained in your family it can help to sit down with a counsellor and talk things through together.  Please note that this service is temporarily unavailable.

Children and Young People's Counselling

There are lots of reasons why you might need a bit of extra help with things going on in your life - problems with friends, parents teachers or in your love life. 

If you're not feeling like yourself, talking to someone who's not involved in what's going on can really help.

Web and Telephone Counselling

Using web or internet based tools is a convenient way to talk to a counsellor; Relate Dorset & South Wiltshire is now offering web facilitated access to a counsellor. 

If you are unable to travel to one of our centres or can't make the time, or unable to make arrangements for child care or even the dog, it's an easy way to fit a counselling session into your life.

If you and your partner live in different places webcam counselling is an easy way for you both to take part in a session from separate locations.

Support to Armed Forces

It can be tough for our armed forces keeping relationships together in these difficult times with diverse worldwide demands, increasingly long deployments, transition into civilian life, rollback from Germany to name but a few of the pressures.  This is why Relate nationally has been chosen by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force to provide relationship support and Relate Dorset, South Wiltshire and South Somerset is able to help you and your family in a number of ways.

Parenting Apart Programme

The Parenting Apart Programme is a short, structured programme for parents designed to help them understand the impact of ongoing parental conflict on their children and to agree how to co-parent moving forward.

The programme provides advice and support about how to best help children in this situation and enables parents to take steps towards their own solutions, via the production of a joint Parenting Working Agreement.

Supervised Child Contact Sessions 

Our supervised child contact sessions at our Poundbury Centre provide a safe environment for children from separated families to have contact with their parents or other important people in their lives.  

Choose 2 Change

The Choose 2 Change programme is for male perpetrators of domestic abuse who want to change their behaviours.  It is a free programme, delivered via online workshops. 

To find out more about any of the above services please call us on 01302 380900 or email [email protected]

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Work for Us

Here you’ll find Relate Dorset and South Wiltshire's current job opportunities and student placements.

If you are under training we have regular opportunities and can help you develop your portfolio


Are you enthusiastic and looking for a rewarding way to gain insight into the workings of a charity?

We’re looking for dedicated, passionate individuals to become trustees, office volunteers, receptionists or fundraisers to help us improve people’s relationships.

Please see here for more details

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Additional Info

Data Protection and Confidentiality

Protection of your personal data and your confidentiality is critical to everything we do here at Relate Dorset.  You can read a lot more in a document that can be accessed from this link. 

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Relate is a charity and each session costs significantly more than the fee you’re charged.  We ask for a contribution of £60 for an evening appointment and £53 for daytime for Relationship Counselling, £65 for Family Counselling and £53 for Young People’s Counselling. If you think you’ll find it difficult to pay, you may be able to access one of our bursary schemes, and we can discuss this with you when you speak to our booking team on 01302 380900 or use the enquiry form.


Wheelchair access and Parking available

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