Local relationship charity, Relate Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Staffordshire, with its main centre in Shrewsbury, has this week ceased trading.
In addition to its counselling services, the Shropshire-based charity also ran a number of shops across the county – in Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Wellington, Oswestry, Ellesmere, Wem and Market Drayton. All have ceased trading with immediate effect.
“This is a very sad time for all of us,” said Centre Manager, Ms Sandie Dent.“But please be assured that Relate services remain available for local people seeking relationship support.”
Relate Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Staffordshire was part of the Relate federation, which is made up of national charity Relate and more than 50 independent local Relate centres across the UK. The Shropshire centre was established in 1996.
Ms Dent continued: “Sadly, financial difficulties mean we have had to close our doors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff, counsellors, trustees, volunteers and supporters, for all their amazing work over the years.”
Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive of national charity Relate, said: “Relate Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Staffordshire has been supporting people of all ages at all stages of couple, family and social relationships for the last 20 years. Its closure is a sad blow but we want to reassure people that they can continue to access Relate services in other ways.
“We understand the inconvenience this causes to clients who rely on the centre for support with their relationships. Whilst we are assessing how the demand for services in the local area can best be met in the future, Relate will continue to offer assistance in the form of telephone, email counselling, webcam counselling and face-to-face counselling at neighbouring Centres. We have also set up a dedicated phone line, which former clients can call on 01302 380 929 with any queries and for more information on how to access these services. We understand this has been a difficult time for staff and are hugely grateful for their professionalism and understanding.”