WELCOME TO THE RELATIONSHIPS OBSERVATORY

The Relationships Observatory is a space where we focus on the impact Covid is having on relationships. We invite you to join us in exploring what’s changed, how it’s changed and what we need to do to develop the positives beyond the crisis.

In March 2020 – when the spread of coronavirus gathered pace – we established The Relationships Observatory. Alongside our network of observers, we’re gathering examples and insights about how people are adapting during the crisis. We are continuing to explore what we need to do now to look back on 2020 as the year we not only helped each other in an emergency, but also the year we changed for good.

The stories on these pages represent a tiny proportion of that important work. Thank you for all that you are doing.

The Lookout

Exploring young peoples’ experiences of the pandemic

In partnership with Summer of Play, we’re hosting The Lookout: a dedicated space for children and young people to share their experiences of the pandemic and their hopes for the future.

Resources from the Observatory

Turning To the Light

Turning to the Light

Looking back on a year of disruption and looking forward to a period of recuperation and renewal, this report updates our learning and introduces new resources

Kit for Councils

What’s the appropriate statecraft, in style and substance, for enabling and supporting community activity? This kit contains resources to help councils navigate towards the light 

Active Neighbours Guide

9m willing volunteers extended a helping hand during Covid. What are the stories behind the statistics? What’s needed to support them to carry on caring? 

Bridge Builder's Handbook

Resilient, connected communities are built from strong connections across divides. This Handbook aims to inspire and equip a nation of Bridge Builders

The Moment We Noticed

Bringing together contributions from over 50 collaborators, The Moment We Noticed draws together what we’ve learnt from 100 days of behaving differently

The Spirit of Lockdown

What’s your Spirit of Lockdown? Join our community of story sharers in reflecting on what Covid 19 has meant for your relationships and the spirit you want to take forward. 

Sightings from the Observatory

Our Sightings blog brings together reflections on the impact of the pandemic from our network of contributors. If you have an observation – however small or significant – we’d love to hear it. Please share them with us at hello@relationshipsproject.org

Where are we now?

Where are we now?

In brief In this milestone blog David Robinson takes the temperature as we approach the second anniversary of Covid 19. The UK is stuck in a pattern of “shuffle and repeat” with fears for the future, but also the possibility of hope.The past two years have caused...

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Lookout Sighting #3: Well connected or connecting well?

Lookout Sighting #3: Well connected or connecting well?

The Lookout is a space for understanding how life has changed for young people during Covid. During recent Lookout discussions, the double-edged nature of digital connection has come up frequently. In this Sighting, we explore the complex effect of digital technology...

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Lookout Sighting #2: Lost rituals and new routines

Lookout Sighting #2: Lost rituals and new routines

The Lookout is a space for understanding how life has changed for young people during Covid. We're primarily hearing from young people directly but recently hosted a discussion with parents and professionals working with young people. This Sighting shares a key theme...

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Share your story

Do you have a story of lockdown you want to share? Join a community of story sharers across the country in celebrating the power of relationships and inspiring a conversation about how we can build back better, stronger and more connected. 

The thinking around the Observatory

This short blog series shares more about the thinking behind the initiative and dives deeper into some of the issues raised in the Sightings.
Is that it?

Is that it?

In brief In this blog, we explore the long tail damage of the pandemic and oscillating community activity, and we ask for your thoughts on the best role that we can play here at The Relationships Project. On 10/11, we're convening a conversation to explore how best to...

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The world needs a piglet

The world needs a piglet

We received this piece from Linda Woolston, one of our Observers,  this week. Linda found it circulating on WhatsApp. Some will love it, some won't. We thought we would share it because, this week more than ever, the world needs a piglet.Pooh woke up that...

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Making it real: Councils and communities working together

Making it real: Councils and communities working together

In brief Continuing with the work on Developing the Framework for councils to support community action, David Robinson and Tony Clements invite you to share examples of changing council practices that 'let people in' and join the conversation about how councils can...

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