Marriage Counselling And PREPARATION

The charity Marriage Care offers marriage counselling and also marriage preparation courses to couples in Swindon.


If you’re facing difficult times, support is available

Marriage Care

Marriage Care is a national organisation with a centre for Wiltshire based in Swindon. We specialise in helping couples – married or not – build and sustain strong, fulfilling, healthy relationships, and in providing support in times of relationship difficulty.

Marriage Care provides:

Relationship Counselling for couples and individuals (see above), and

Marriage Preparation courses for couples to be married.

For further information, please see the national website for Marriage Care:

For all queries call:

0800 389 3801


Preparing Together: Marriage Preparation Days

If you are facing difficult times in your marriage or relationship, we can try to help you get back on track. Perhaps you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence. We offer a dedicated counselling service which will suit individuals or couples looking for marriage counselling, couple counselling, or relationship counselling.

The Marriage Care Swindon and Wiltshire Centre has trained relationship counsellors who offer couple and relationship counselling from two venues in Swindon.  See below for the addresses.

Please call 0800 389 3801 to arrange a first counselling session.  After the first session, most couples or individuals arrange to see a counsellor for a number of sessions to suit their needs.

Marriage Care is Catholic by origin and inspiration and most of its counsellors nationally are Catholic, but it makes its services are available to anyone who needs them. All its counsellors receive specialised couple counselling training and most have counselling diplomas.

We don’t charge a fixed fee for our services, but couples and individuals are encouraged to contribute towards the costs of their counselling, as their means allow. It costs Marriage Care about £50 to provide a counselling session, even though no counsellors receive payment for their time. Marriage Care receives some funding from both the UK government and from the Catholic Church, but it also relies heavily on contributions from clients.

Marriage Care Wiltshire Centre Counselling venues:

St Mary’s Convent

34 Groundwell Road Swindon


The Marriage Care Swindon and Wiltshire Centre work with local priests to help couples prepare for a lifelong relationship through our Marriage Preparation Days. Amid the excitement of planning the wedding we provide space for couples to gain a better understanding of how good relationships work by exploring issues with each other in a safe and supportive environment. The courses also look at the sacrament of marriage and marriage vows. The courses are highly recommended by the participants.

The first two courses (in March and May) will be held at Holy Rood/Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Upham Road, Swindon SN3 1DH (click here for a Map), from 9:45am to 4.30pm.  The venue and times for the courses in September and October will be confirmed shortly.

A fee of £90 per couple will be charged to cover course expenses and refreshments.  Details of how to pay are included on the application form.

How to apply:

Please contact Marriage Care’s Appointment Service via:

Phone:   0800 389 3801


to register your interest, stating which date you would like to attend.  An application form will be emailed to you.


For more details and frequently asked questions about marriage preparation, see the Marriage Care website.