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Boost for London - launch of new service for capital's couples

Added: (Thu Nov 15 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - London, UK November 6th 2001- Fed up with London's relationship break-up and divorce rates, and trained in established methods of enhancing couple communication, two London couples are launching a new service to help all Londoners in committed relationships. London Couples will open for business on Saturday 1st December 2001 at Regent's College, London at 10.30 am.

"The idea that couples are either blissfully happy or breaking up is a myth," says Alastair Macdonald, one of the founders of London Couples. "Most are somewhere in between, and we know from experience that many could be significantly happier". Trained by the Association for Marriage Enrichment, an established UK charity, he and his wife Patricia have led couple workshops nationwide, but think that London needs a different approach. "Marriage enrichment is often linked with religion," says Patricia, "and for many couples neither marriage nor religion is necessarily relevant".

Each year 78,000 Londoners marry, but only a quarter in a religious ceremony. 150,000 London babies are born to cohabiting, non-married couples each year. In England 30% of marriages are preceded by living together, and 60% of people think it is all right to live together without intending to marry, and think it's a good idea to try living together before marriage.
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"That's why we decided to start a programme for all couples in committed relationships in and around London," says Maureen Bourne, another London Couples
co-founder. Her husband, Adrian, adds "We'll be running evening or weekend events where couples can learn a way of communicating their feelings, and how to harness the energy that often shows up in conflict". Uniquely, the sessions are led by couples, who work on their own relationship at the same time as teaching the approach. "We are not counselling, and we are not marriage guidance. We are teaching- and learning!" concludes Alastair.

Attenders at AME workshops have been full of praise. "It was a turning point for us; it offered us a way to be happier and closer- and I say this a year later". "I liked the way the leader couple worked on their own relationship, doing the same exercises as we were doing in the group".

For additional information about London Couples contact 020 7274 4150 or see the web site www.londoncouples.org.uk

Launch tickets for Saturday 1st December at 1030 am at Regent's College, Regent's Park are 5 each- details on web site.

The Association for Marriage Enrichment is a registered charity (no 327606) founded in 1979. For details of events outside London call 01278 741302 or see www.amefocus.demon.co.uk


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