Category Archives: Families

Relationships are at the heart of early intervention

Relationships have the power to change lives. We know trust and empathy are the key to success for early interventions. There is now a strong case that public services must change to be more ‘relationship enabling’ – so what does that look like? 

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Time, Space and Trust: Participle’s Open House on working relationally

It’s been one month since Participle held its second ever Open House evening, and we’ve been getting lots of questions about how it went, what was discussed, and how people can attend in future.

As the event was all about how to build relationships and connect communities, we thought we might as well share this on the Relational Welfare blog. We’ll also let you know how to get on the invite list for future Participle events if you fancy it – we’d love to see you there. Continue reading Time, Space and Trust: Participle’s Open House on working relationally

Hope is contagious

It’s hard to change the way you do things, whether it’s within a family or a government department – money, risk and anxiety can stop us from trying something new. But we’re starting to see some real breakthroughs in local community work. How can we help that hope to spread?

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Holiday meals: How to fall off the wagon and get back on again

If you’re trying to make more healthy choices, December can be a tough month no matter what you celebrate. Here are some ideas from Wellogram to help you feel happy, healthy and in control, whether you decide to eat the chocolate or not.

By Tara Hackett, Lead Guide at Wellogram

As of posting, December is upon us and many of us are busy making plans and getting prepared for an enjoyable, Merry Christmas!

If we think about it, this time of year is very much in line with the way of Wellogram members. Put simply, making plans and taking action to enjoy a good life, is just what Wellogram is all about. And that mindset applies to eating right over any holiday, from Christmas to Passover to Ramadan.

Wellogram members work alongside their Guides to work out what’s important to them and to take actions in help them live well all year round. Over the last month, “holidays” have been well represented in the conversations members have been having with their Guides. However, these conversations have not all been merry and full of cheer! Continue reading Holiday meals: How to fall off the wagon and get back on again

As a carer, the government tells me I’m valued. It sure doesn’t feel that way.

Today is Carers Rights Day. It seems everyone can agree that family carers need more support than they are getting, but no one can quite crack what that should look like. As many of us haven’t experienced the life of a full time carer, we thought Fiona’s story was quite compelling (and not a little angry-making). It’s longer than we normally publish, but it provides a look at a way of life that any of us might end up experiencing at some point in time. 

My name is Fiona Fisher, I live in Dunfermline on the East coast of Scotland with my ever excellent husband and three children. We have two lovely girls and our son, The Bold Joff, who is our middle child, has an ultra-rare, life-limiting and life-threatening genetic condition called Lowe Syndrome that causes a spectrum of problems, in the main, with the eyes, brain and kidneys. Boys with Lowe commonly die in their teens and twenties. We have a long and happy relationship with the Lowe Syndrome Association (LSA) in the USA, who have been invaluable in supporting us to know more about the syndrome, as well as providing emotional support and fostering scientific research into a possible cure one day.

Without hesitation, I will say that Joff is the easy bit of the equation. Fighting constantly at every stage of his life for good services and support has been simply brutal.

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First steps to thinking relationally

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase.

-Martin Luther King Jr

At Participle, we strongly believe that a 21st century welfare system must work relationally. (In fact we believe it so strongly, that’s what we’ve named our blog.) So what does that look like? Continue reading First steps to thinking relationally