From asking someone out and all the way to marriage, on this page you’ll find links, tips and advice to support you in potentially one of the most important and complicated parts of our lives – relationships.
It’s normal and healthy to want to find someone to be in a relationship with, to share your time and experiences with. Every relationship is unique and there is also no hurry to get into a relationship until you feel you are ready.
It can be a great experience but sometimes it can also be a confusing or worrying time for many of us. Being with someone requires respect, compromise and communication about our feelings. Sometimes it is easy to forget how much time, patience and commitment we need to put in to make the relationship work.
You have the right to make choices in your relationships and shouldn’t be pressured to rush into anything. Remember, your feelings are what matter the most and if you need help and advice, always approach someone you trust to voice out your concerns.
Brook.org.uk has a huge section on relationships, highlights include:
The Mix is another site with loads of info and articles about relationships. Cherry-picking a few, there are things like:
- Online Dating Safely
- Asexual & In Love
- How I Escaped My Forced Marriage
- Date Ideas
- How To Talk To Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend
- Mixed Relationships
- I Love My Best Friend
- Dating & Disabilities
iRelate has a boyfriend/girlfriend section. Check out:
Citizens Advice also has a relationship section, which focuses more on the law and your rights.
Not to put a dampener on things, check out our When Things Go Wrong section if, well, you’re relationship is not working out or you don’t feel comfortable with it.
Also, check our Friends section if you want more than friendship with someone…
Some Local Organisations
Safe AS: Domestic abuse and healthy relationship support for young people in Cardiff.
Daves House (scroll down page): Project run by Cardiff Women’s Aid, it’s for young men 17-25 yrs who may have been affected by domestic abuse, or are concerned about their behaviour within their own relationships, or who want to learn and understand what is considered a healthy relationship.
Sexual Health Outreach Team: As well as sexual health, SHOT provide information and support on relationships to young people in Cardiff.
Some National Organisations
Welsh Women’s Aid: Provides direct services for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse.
The Hideout: helps children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to you.
For more organisations, services or info on relationships, check out our database or contact Meic, the advocacy, advice and information helpline for children and young people in Wales – Freephone: 080880 23456 / Text: 84001 / Instant Message.