A charity which champions strong and healthy relationships has opened a shop in Peacehaven.
Relate’s first shop in the Peacehaven area was officially opened by the mayor of Peacehaven Rachael Coles on Saturday October 19.
It will raise money for the organisation’s work, which seeks to support families and mental health.
Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing and Districts director Jo-Anne Carden said: “Relate champions the importance of strong and healthy relationships as the basis of a thriving society, and believes that personal and social relationships are important in our everyday lives and are central to our wellbeing.
“Relate is celebrating its 75th birthday this year and we are proud of our achievements and the work carried out by our network of counsellors over the years.
“Relate’s services extend beyond relationship counselling to family counselling, counselling for young people, sex therapy and informal courses and workshops meaning we can take a holistic approach to counselling, tailoring support to meet individual need.”
The charity said the shop would sell a range of clothing, books and other pre loved items.
Money raised by selling items in the shop will be used to tackle the trend in family breakdown.
This will be achieved by subsidising local families and couples on low incomes to access Relate’s professional relationship counselling services.
Jo-Anne added: “The funds raised in our shop will mean that we can bring these years of experience to a wider network of people, benefitting families and supporting mental health and wellbeing in the community.”
The charity said relationships were under increasing pressure in today’s society, with family breakdown costing the UK economy £44 billion each year.
The charity has a network of 2,000 counsellors across the country who deliver its services.
For more information about Relate’s services and advice from the charity visit: the charity’s website www.relate.org.uk
It also offers resources, information and a relationship checker on its dedicated site for older people, www.retirementtogether.org.uk