our ethos

Space to Breathe works with the arts and spirituality to start conversations about wellbeing and mental health.

We think …

That the creative gifts of the arts and simple spirituality should be freely available to everyone.

That the arts are a language that can unlock emotions and bring fresh language to our mind, body and soul.

We seek to enable everyone to live well, live fully and live deeply.  

We think everything is spiritual and therefore seek to bring a spiritual perspective to every aspect of life.

It’s for people like Will, a lorry driver who visited one of our installations one day, during a long journey filled with questions about his future life and direction. As he absent-mindedly wandered round the space he found what he read touched him deeply and he left assured that he could hope for good in what was to come.

we want to make wellbeing about flourishing and to use creative approaches to do so

We believe in flourishing. We all have Mental Health and we want each person to grow in theirs, realising their full potential.

We use the arts and spirituality to start these conversations because we find they provide another language to share our feelings and emotions and give space for deep thinking.

It’s for people like Faduma, who found spirituality and particularly it’s expression in the creative arts, enabling her to find healing and release from her traumatic upbringing in Somalia.

we want to release potential

The vision and ideas for Space to Breathe come from the experience Andy Freeman and his 20 years of working with people to explore and create new imaginative spaces for spiritual life. Space to Breathe is about concepts that Andy has seen work in practice over 20 years of experiences. The vision of Space to Breathe seeks to establish where these concepts and good practice might benefit others.

It’s for people like Emily, trying to find a different edge to her thinking in business and in development of her company

let us help you

Space to Breathe looks to unlock the potential of spirituality in an accessible, non-religious and engaging way. Our services are always tailored to engage with people of no faith or of different faiths. These products are about the recipients, about tailoring solutions to their needs and providing tools which can help individuals, companies, schools or faith groups to develop.

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Meet the team

Space to Breathe works as a collective of experienced and professional people based all over the UK.

Our team each bring different skills and approaches but each is deeply versed in everyday spirituality and able to bring imaginative and pioneering approaches to any settings.

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Andy Co-Director and Founder of Space to Breathe.  He has experience in Youth Work and as a trainer/lecturer (Oxford Brookes, Durham University). Andy founded Space to Breathe after working with the 24-7 Prayer and Church Mission Society movements. He is an expert in Franciscan and Ignatian Spirituality and has an MA in Theology from Oxford Brookes University.  As part of his MA programme he researched issues around contemporary spirituality and wellbeing.

Andy is a qualified Mental Health First Aider with MHFA UK.

Andy lives in Sheffield and has has five beautiful kids.  He’s married to Fi. Andy loves to read, to garden, to bake bread and to watch films and he also loves Cricket. Andy is a performance poet and has produced a book of his work called Cadence Cries.

You can follow him on Twitter @AndyFMusings.
You can contact him at andy@spacetobreathe.eu


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ben harper

Ben has over 20 years experience of working in and around Sheffield schools in various guises!  He has been a youth worker, senior learning mentor, primary school teacher and the manager of a therapeutic service for children with complex social, emotional and mental health needs. Ben is passionate about ‘helping those who help’ and brings his experience of working in the world of education along with an understanding of what professionals need to function well. Ben balances his work with Space to Breathe alongside teaching two days a week in a Sheffield primary school. In his spare time, he loves an adventure, cooking/eating good food and a box set!

You can follow him on Twitter @wellbeingteach


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nicky redsell

Nicky is another of our Directors. She loves to innovate and has extensive experience of growing ideas and projects collaboratively. She has been a trainer at Ridley Hall Theological College, alongside providing pastoral and spiritual support for those based there. Much of this work has been through the Centre for Pioneer Learning.

Nicky describes herself as a hopeful planner and dreamer. She has a deep desire to see the potential of others bear fruit. Seeing everyone as valued and unique, Nicky is convinced that each person has the capacity to bring something good and life-giving to their communities and beyond.

Alongside the above, Nicky is a spiritual director, nurturing the growth of others. She is a qualified teacher and musician, who worked for over 20 years in primary schools.

Nicky lives near Cambridge with her husband, Corin. She loves friendship, soup, growing vegetables and is a fan of independent coffee shops.

You can follow Nicky and her thoughts on life at http://nickyredsell.wordpress.com/
You can contact her at nicky@spacetobreathe.eu


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Steve leach 

Steve is our third Co-Director. He is an innovator and creative and brings those skills to a number of our projects.  He is also resident DJ for Proost events and brings music and flair to everything we do.

You can follow him on social media @djsteveleach 





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jo edwards

Jo Edwards manages all of our social media and communications.  Jo is part of our Sheffield office and lives in the Parsons Cross area of the city. 


Space to Breathe also works with a number of consultants as part of our larger community of practitioners and we call this there Space to Breathe collective.

Thanks to Richard Smith Illustration for the drawings of our team.