About Coaching

Maybe you’re looking for somewhere to think things through - away from the context of your everyday life and work.

Perhaps it’s someone on your team, or in your family, who could do with somewhere to process things - with someone who isn't you?

Many of us benefit from having good personal and professional relationships - with family and friends, colleagues or managers. Whilst these can be incredibly supportive; there are times it can be really useful, to have somewhere else to think.

It could be that you're just looking for a one-off coaching conversation. At least to start with. Or maybe, you’d like to arrange a series of fortnightly or monthly sessions, over a few weeks or months.

Coaching might be a good fit if you are:

  • In the midst of a significant transition in your life or work - and could do with some space to process this.

  • Keen to do some thinking, around a challenge you’re facing - or a project you're working on.

  • Wanting to set some goals, or intentions - and have somewhere you can work towards these.

  • Feeling stuck and wondering how you can get moving again - and how to tackle the obstacles in your way.

  • Facing an important decision - and wanting to unpack this with someone who isn't involved.

  • Excited about exploring a big idea, or a dream for the future - but not sure where to start.

When you want to gain some clarity, get unstuck - and start creating progress and momentum, coaching conversations can help you move forwards.

You set the agenda… coaching provides THE framework

Your coach will listen to what you want to think about, where you are now - and where you want to get to.

They will ask powerful, practical questions, so you can explore your options - and work out what you could do next.

By supporting you in creating a way forward, your coach can help you close the gap, between where you are - and where you want to be.

But here's the thing: 

Coaching isn't for everyone.

Coaching isn’t therapy. It’s also unlikely to be a great fit for you, if what you are really looking for is guidance (and someone tell you exactly what you should do next.)

Coaching PROVIDES A SUPPORTIVE AND CHALLENGING environment in which you can…

  • Think things through for yourself, with the support of someone else.

  • Generate some new ideas

  • Develop a range of possible solutions

  • Decide what you're going to do next - and/or who else you might need to talk to

  • Consider any accountability that might be useful

  • Take responsibility for moving forwards

If you're wondering whether coaching - or something else, might suit you best; it's useful to know how coaching differs from other approaches: like Mentoring, Counselling and Consultancy.


…asking great questions

Coaching is about asking, not telling. Being coached, isn't about guidance and direction from an expert in a particular area. Whereas a Mentor or a Consultant might offer you advice - a coach won't do this. A coach will ask questions, to help you think about what you could do - and what you're ready to do, so you can move forwards.

…creating solutions

Coaching isn't about delving into the problems. Whereas Counselling or Consultancy might focus on unpacking and dealing with things that have gone wrong, in life or at work - Coaching involves working with a thinking partner, to come up with fresh perspectives on current challenges - and design and build actions, that will help you work towards solutions.

…the present… and looking towards the future

Whereas a Counsellor or a Consultant might primarily look backward, into the past, Coaches (like Mentors) concentrate on where you are now - and where you want to be. Coaching focusses on what we can do in the room - right here, right now - that will help you move forwards into the future. Unlike a mentor - a coach won't offer advice, or give you answers. What they will do, is draw the answers out of you.

Different types of approach all have their place, in helping people move forward in their life and work.

When a ‘coaching approach’ is what you're looking for, working with a coach can be an supportive, challenging and empowering experience. Not least, because you’ll come away from the conversation with greater clarity and confidence - knowing that you have done most of the work yourself.


AWAY offers 1:1 coaching to people who are thinking about a wide range of subjects - across the full breadth of their life and work.

We work with individuals and organisations, including local churches, not-for-profit projects, businesses, and charities. Our work is underpinned by a set of values founded in a Christian worldview. We work with a wonderfully diverse range of people, of all faiths and none.

Nothing is off limits - so long as it doesn't involve breaking the law, or the risk of harm to yourself or others.

We work with individuals and organisations who want to:

  • make a difference in the world, through who they are - and what they do.

  • leverage their time, energy and resources - so they can be more productive and increase their impact.

  • experience greater clarity, and a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.

  • explore their current options - and consider how to unlock new opportunities.

  • tackle any challenges or obstacles.

  • live and work in ways which support and improve their own wellbeing.

We’ll work with you, to create an environment that contains the right combination of support and challenge, so you can do the thinking you want to do.

We'll encourage you to arrive at each session, ready to think - and leave, ready to take action.

We'll suggest you bring a cuppa, your diary - and your preferred way of getting things out of your head. That might be a pen and paper (or a pad of sticky notes) - or your laptop or tablet.

By the end of each session, we'll work with you, to make sure you have what you need, to take the next step. You'll also be encouraged to consider how best you can be accountable to yourself - and/or to others, as you move forward.


Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips

I'm Sarah Phillips, founder of AWAY. I live with my family, in a fast-growing market town in the Midlands.

I’m a wife to a church leader - and a mum to two boys, now in their late teens, the eldest of whom is now at University.

Over the years, I’ve had a range roles on staff in local churches and Christian organisations.

I’ve got a big heart for creative entrepreneurs, having launched, grown and sold a successful online business.

I love to hear people tell their stories in the service of others - and worked as Manager for a UK business podcast, serving the UK SME business community.

A car crash in January 2014, left me shaken - but unhurt. This experience encouraged me to significantly rethink my priorities in my life and work. 

After a lot of soul searching, I downsized (and later sold) my business - and retrained as a coach. 

Having gained a coaching accreditation, I'm now working towards ACC accreditation, with the ICF (International Coach Federation) - and continuing my development with 3D Coaching.

I’m part of a team who offer ‘transitions coaching’ to those who are new in role, within in the Diocese of Leicester.


I work hard to keep the cost of coaching affordable - and within reasonable reach, for anyone who would benefit from coaching.

As a guide, a one hour coaching session costs around the same as a session with a physio, or a counsellor. I’m always happy to send details of fees by email on request - please feel free to get in touch to ask for more information.

Pro-Bono Coaching
From time to time, I offer a small number of pro-bono coaching hours, to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to work with me. Applications open once a quarter - and are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please get in touch, if you’d like to know when applications will open again.


Want to find out more about working with me - and have a chat about whether coaching might be useful for you - or someone in your organisation?

I’m always happy to have an introductory chat, with anyone who is interested is considering having some coaching themselves, or arranging coaching for someone else.

This call will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you have. We can talk about what you want to get out of coaching - and what you’d like to be different, by the end of the process.

This call isn’t designed as a free coaching session - but it will help you think about whether a 'coaching approach' is likely to be a good fit, so you can book your first session, knowing what to expect.

And ready to dive in - and get started!

Sounds like this might be a good fit - and want to arrange a chat? Great!

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