That sense that something is not right in a relationship – with our partner, kids, family or colleagues – often comes with a real difficulty in working out what it is. We can cause ourselves more upset and unhappiness by running over endless possibilities in our minds, tip-toeing around each other or just plain ignoring it. In response the team at The Spark has created a free, online Relationship MOT to help people find a place to start.

The Spark Relationship MOT Couple facing relationship difficulties

The Spark Relationship MOT covers 6 common areas where relationships are challenged in modern society. Users can answer questions anonymously about issues covering addiction, the role of the home caregiver, financial pressures, ill health, the challenge of deciding to live together and the general topic of struggling in a relationship.

From the answers given the MOT provides a snapshot of a particular relationship at that point in time. Just like a car MOT, the survey cannot fix the issues you might be facing but it can provide clarity on where to start finding solutions with help from The Spark. Additional topics covering becoming a parent, empty nest, bereavement, retirement, seperation and parenting teens will be added later in the year.

Try the Relationship MOT online, free and in confidence.

Relationship support and advice

The Spark is available to offer a range of free and paid-for services that can help you address the issues highlighted. Our website offers a range of free guides, booklets and ‘hints and tips’ to help with many of the common relationship problems we all face. Coping with the arrival of a new baby, dealing with those difficult teenage years and finding ways to reconnect are just some of the topics covered. Check out our free resources.

For more personal support our free Relationship Helpline is available on 0808 802 2088. The helpline offers a safe, confidential space where you can discuss the issues highlighted by the Relationship MOT or your own feelings. Financial worries, stress, anxiety, infidelity and parenthood are common issues we deal with every day at The Spark.

Counselling – not as scary as it seems

Often more in-depth support in the form of face-to-face counselling is the best solution for significant difficulties. Seeking out counselling individually or as a couple can seem daunting initially. You can speak to one of our team on freephone 0808 802 0050 and discuss the counselling options available to you at one of our regional centres across Scotland. There is no obligation to make an appointment at any time and often the chance to talk about the issues is enough at that time.

Here to help

The Spark is here to help. Whether individuals, couples or families we want to help address the issues that are stopping them from moving towards better, healthier relationships. Call us free and in confidence on 0808 802 0050 or complete an enquiry form.

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