Breathing Space London

mindfulness for health

How Breathing Space is fundedPicture of someone after meditating

Breathing Space is run by the London Buddhist Centre (LBC), which is a registered charity.

The Breathing Space programme was awarded an investment loan of £260,659 by Futurebuilders, a government-backed agency that invests in third sector organisations in England. We also received a grant from Futurebuilders of £25,000; and a grant of £50,000 from the City Bridge Trust (part of the City of London). These loans and grants went towards the cost of converting the basement at the London Buddhist Centre into a dedicated secular venue for the Breathing Space programme.

Breathing Space also receives funding from contracts with local authorities in East London:

  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets to provide up to 45 free places per year on MBCT (for depression) and MBRP (for addiction) courses (since 2007-2008).
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets to provide retreats and drop-in classes for local carers (since 2004).
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets to provide up to 15 free places per year on MBA retreats.
  • London Borough of Hackney to provide retreats and drop-in classes for local carers.

Income for the LBC, which runs the Breathing Space programme, comes from sources including the following:

  • Rental income from owned property.
  • Charges for courses, classes and retreats.
  • Income from the Charity shop.
  • Donations from individuals and organisations.