Membership of the APPG is currently as follows:
APPG for Strengthening Couple Relationships
The next meeting of the APPG will take place in the Houses of Parliament on 21st March 2017 (5.30 to 7pm).
A meeting of the APPG place in the Houses of Parliament took place on 20th February on the topic of couple relationships in troubled families.
A meeting of the APPG took place in the Houses of Parliament on 11th May and explored best practice in helping couples prepare for, and establish, enduring and fulfilling relationships in marriage.
A meeting of the APPG for Strengthening Couple Relationships and the APPG for Mental Health took place on 25th November 2015, on the subject of relational approaches to family justice.
A meeting of the APPG for Strengthening Couple Relationships and the APPG for Mental Health took place on 17th March 2015, on the subject of couple relationships and mental health.
November 2014 - On relationship education for adults, young people and children
A meeting of the APPG on the subject of relationship education for adults, young people and children took place on 4th November 2014.
A meeting of the APPG took place on 25th June in Room C, 1 Parliament Street, on the subject of couple relationships, poverty and social justice. Presentations were given John Ashcroft (Research Director, Relationships Foundation), Kayte Lawton (Senior Research Fellow, IPPR) and by David Holmes (Chief Executive, Family Action).
A three-way meeting between the APPGs for Strengthening Couple Relationships, Sure Start Children's Centres and Conception to Age 2 - The First 1001 Days took place on 11th March. Jointly-chaired by Andrew Selous MP and Andrea Leadsom MP, the meeting focused on the role of children’s centres in supporting couple relationships, as well as couple relationships in the early years generally.
This meeting of the APPG explored the links between relationship quality and workforce engagement.
While the prevalence of mental health problems in the UK is increasingly acknowledged, the role which relationship difficulties can play is under-acknowledged. And yet, according to a study of 5,000 adults published recently (Teo, 2013), lack of support – especially in couple relationships – is a risk factor for developing depression later, with one in seven adults with the lowest-quality relationships developing depression. In order to address this issue, this meeting of the APPG looked at the links between couple relationship quality and mental health (and, in particular, depression).
This meeting focused on supporting couple relationships in older age, a neglected area of social policy and practice which is of great importance not only for improving older people’s social connectedness and well-being but also on account of the impact on wider society of relationship breakdown in older age.
The APPG focused on the links between relationships and public Health, and in particular on the links between relationship quality and public health and why relationships need to be seen as a fundamental part of the public health agenda.