Families Connecting

Families Connecting is run by a group of trained volunteers, offering support to individuals who are struggling with the challenges of family life, or experiencing relationship breakdown. Our service is suitable for those who don’t need counselling but could benefit from some extra support in their family relationships. We have a particular interest in families, couples and individuals who are experiencing Autism Spectrum Conditions and support with accommodating this in their relationships.

Since 2010, Families Connecting has welcomed many people through its doors, with referrals primarily from College Surgery, but also from mental health teams, schools and churches, while some self-refer. We’re committed to helping people strengthen their relationships, leading to happier and healthier family, couple and other relationships.

So, why not come and chat with us at Families Connecting? We’ll listen to you, while helping you to work out solutions to your concerns. We aim to equip people with the knowledge and skills needed to make positive changes to their relationships.

Families Connecting runs sessions between 9am and 1pm on Mondays at College Surgery, Cullompton. Please contact us to book an appointment.

Effectiveness of Families Connecting:

GPs can sometimes refer patients to us rather than NHS mental health services which have long waiting lists and limited sessions to offer patients. Research on Families Connecting has shown that after attending sessions with our team, clients book fewer GP appointments and are less likely to be prescribed antidepressants. The majority of our clients report a positive impact on their relationships, having grown in understanding of themselves and others.

Client Comments:

‘They have made me feel reassured and positive. The future for my child and Lis on a much better level.’

‘I finally feel like my mum understands – good advice from everyone.’

‘Incredibly helpful to be able to talk honestly in a non-judgemental way. Thank you so much!!’