Relationship counselling office Relate closes in Grantham

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The relationship counselling service, Relate, is closing its office in Grantham because of financial difficulties.

The Grantham office, at Autumn Business Park, on Dysart Road, is one of eight offices in Lincolnshire which are closing. A spokesman said the service in Grantham is currently suspended.

Relate specialises in relationship, family and children’s confidential counselling services and sex therapy among other services.

Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive at Relate, said: “Relate Lincolnshire has been supporting couples, families and young people for 53 years. Unfortunately, due to financial difficulties Relate Lincolnshire is ceasing to trade. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes to clients who rely on this service for support with their relationships.

“We would like to reassure current clients that Relate as a national charity is committed to delivering services to people in the Lincolnshire area, and will be working to re-establish services as quickly as possible. There will inevitably be a short interruption in services while Relate makes arrangements, during which time we will continue to offer assistance to clients in the form of telephone and email counselling.

“Relate has also established a dedicated phone line 0300 003 2164 to support clients in the Lincolnshire area and ensure their needs and concerns are addressed. We also understand this is a difficult time for staff at Relate Lincolnshire and are hugely grateful for their continued professionalism and understanding.”

The Lincolnshire closures are believed to affect thirty-three people including four office staff, two clinical supervisors, 21 part-time practitioners and six volunteer managers who run charity shops.