Building a better society by building better relationships

Relationships span every corner of our lives, from the places we live and work to the places we socialise and seek help. At The Relationships Project, we believe that the quality of these relationships matter. When they’re nurtured, valued and prioritised, people are happier and healthier, communities are stronger and more resilient, and businesses are more successful and efficient.

We know we’re not alone in believing this. So we work collaboratively to:


You are not alone.

Creating spaces for connection, conversation and shared learning about relationships. 


This is a thing.

Develop our collective understanding of relationship-centred practice, and why it matters.


We can do this.

Translating the learning into practical tools and training for embedding relationship-centred practice.

Latest Publication: The Case Maker

Few people argue that relationships don’t matter, but many feel they don’t have the time, capacity or permission to prioritise them.

Th Case Maker assembles the evidence base for putting relationships first, describing why relationships matter, what great relationship-centred practice looks like, and how it could make an impact in your context.

A Birmingham Get Together

On Friday 12th July, we’re hosting an in-person get together at the Button Factory in Birmingham and you’re invited!

The theme for the day is ‘Changing our Permissions‘. We’ll be exploring the norms, beliefs and rules that help and hinder us in putting relationships first in our communities, organisations and systems.

Together, we will: 

  • Celebrate the progress we, as a field, have made over the last few years in getting relationships onto the agenda

  • Move the conversation forward, unearthing the hidden, imagined and real rules that shape our ability to work relationally – and exploring how to navigate them

  • Do the important work of building relationships with one another, sharing encouragement, ideas and support

A World of Good Relationships

How are we to heal divided communities, to respect difference, trade fairly, care for the displaced, respond to crises, or share the natural world? How are we to live together? More than ever, the big questions that we face are all about relationships. 

On 31st October 2023, David Robinson was invited to give a public lecture at LSE to tell the unfolding story of our work, with responses from Kirsty McNeill and Gemma Mortensen. You can watch it below (please note you need to have a verified YouTube account to watch it), read a transcript here, access the slides here and follow the Twitter conversation here

The Relationships Map

The Relationships Map is a space for anyone who believes in the importance of relationships to find one another, share ideas and resources, feel part of something bigger, and realise more than the sum of our parts. 

What do we mean by Relationship-Centred Practice?

Relationship-Centred Practice (RCP) puts relationships first. It unlocks potential and meets need by positioning meaningful and effective relationships as the first order goal, both an end in itself and the means by which other goals will be achieved (like better health, stronger communities, greater job satisfaction).

RCP is determined as much by the policy environment and organisational protocols as by the characteristics and values of the practitioner. For RCP to become widespread and embedded there needs to be focus, intention, investment and support at multiple layers of an organisation, a community or a system. 

Highlights from our work

The Relationships Heatmap

Find the areas of strength and areas for improvement in your relationship- centred practice with The Relationships Heatmap – an interactive diagnostic tool you can use on your own or with others.

Bridge Builders' Handbook

Learn how to build bridges across divides in your community or organisation using our step-by-step guide, developed with experts in conflict transformation and community mediation.

The Moment We Noticed

Cast back to the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic and remember the shifting attitudes and behaviours. How could these  lead to more profound change in how we live together?

Latest from the blog

Revolution, from the group up

Revolution, from the group up

In brief As an election looms David Robinson reflects, in this very personal blog, on the stories of relationship centred-practitioners as told in our the Relationships Case Maker. Faraway from Westminster and Whitehall, he says, the relationship-centred revolution is...

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