The Challenge

In a political climate where young and old often cross swords, building relationships has never been more important. Our wellbeing and sense of human connection is at stake.

Sam Boyd, Switchback

As a society, we network and transact more than ever but meaningful connection has been increasingly designed out of the services we use and the places where we live and work. Growing evidence shows that when relationships are valued, people are happier and healthier, and businesses and services are more effective and efficient.

Our response

Relationships are very simple. They are a contact sport – you show up and are showed up for. You drop in and check up. You chase up. You are counted and in return you count.

Iona Lawrence, Co-founder of the Jo Cox Foundation

The Relationships Project‘s mission is to make it easier for every organisation, service or place to put relationships at the heart of what they do.

The Relationships Project is building a shared body of research and evidence to understand the need for and value of relationship-centred practice and developing a range of practical, actionable resources for putting relationships at the heart of what you do, drawing on what’s working elsewhere.


The Moment We Noticed: The Relationships Observatory & Learning from 100 Days of Lockdown

July 7, 2020

Bringing together learning from 50+ contributors after 100 days of lockdown, this report explores how we can build back better post-Covid, with stronger connections and relationships.

The Relationship-Centred City: Building a better London by building better relationships

March 13, 2020

A report from the Relationships Project unearths learning for cities the world over.

Case studies: relationship-centred practice

February 2, 2020

A collection of inspiring examples of relationship-centred practice from across the UK.

VIDEO: The You and Me Principle

October 9, 2018

How relationships change the world and where to go with what we know. Film of lecture by David Robinson.


Connecting Well

David Robinson is Shift’s founder and a community worker in east London. He is currently exploring new work on social isolation at the Marshall Institute. This is the first in a series of blogs.

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