Website launched to support families during lockdown

This story was published 19 May 2020

A new website has been launched to help families who may be facing a strain on relationships during lockdown.

Relationships matters website

Relationship Matters is a new partnership between North Yorkshire County Council and 14 other local authorities across Yorkshire and Humber Region working together to help families in distress.

The website offers information, tips and help to stay calm, work out what needs to happen and signposts for those who need to get help.

Whether couples are together or separated, disagreements are normal but evidence shows that this can have a big impact on children and their emotional health and wellbeing.

The enforced self-isolation, lockdown and social distancing means people are spending more time with loved ones which is creating additional challenges.

Relationship Matters is helping everybody to recognise signs including shouting about things like money, sulking, silent treatment, slamming doors or walking away from each other and using hurtful texts, emails or Facebook.

County Councillor Michael Harrison, Executive Member for Adults Services and Health Integration, said: “The coronavirus restrictions have led to big changes in our everyday lives and so it is inevitable that some relationships are feeling strained. However, the way couples communicate disagreements can impact on their relationship and their children.

“The Relationship Matters website represents a shared working between a number of local authorities and I would like to thank everybody who has helped in its launch.”

Access the new website here.

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership is also offering information and resources.