Melanie Faulks: Fresh Air Fridays & Agdela Coaching

Melanie Faulks: Fresh Air Fridays & Agdela Coaching


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About me

It's up to you to start creating your 2020 highlights and in a year's time you'll be SO pleased you started today #HappyJanuary!

Hi! I am Melanie Faulks. Helping you thrive with life, work and wellbeing - especially if experiencing or juggling any of the following alongside:

  • Boredom
  • Too much work
  • Frustration
  • Stress
  • Unhelpful anxiety or low mood
  • A physical health condition
  • Neurodiversity (i.e. Dyslexia)

What's your preferred future and when are you planning on reaching for it? Imagine!

What is coaching?

Coaching is all about being and feeling the best you can and achieving in life what you're really hoping for - and it's for anyone! Anyone who wants to make changes or make progress.

It is also for people who may have started already but have become stuck or stalled. And if you don't know where to start, I can help with that too. Welcome to Agdela Coaching and Fresh Air Fridays!

I'm based in fabulous Newport, South Wales and offer walking and talking outdoors, plus coffee lounge coaching in pre-selected and comfortable venues. Telephone coaching also available. I look forward to hearing from you!

Is your life and wellbeing the best it can be right now? Or not quite yet?

Let's spend some time together and start looking at what you need and want. Or start exploring what you think you might need or want. What do you want to hear? From me? From yourself?

Let's then think about turning things around (perhaps even upside-down!) and challenge the status quo (could this include yourself?). What will you see for the future? How will it feel?

And what will you do?

Of course, change and progress require action as well as thought, reflection and exploration. So, together, we'll establish some new (or clearer) aims and goals and determine how best you're going to move forwards with them.

As you implement your inspiring new plan, I'll provide encouragement, a sounding board, accountability and congratulations. I will also provide impartial, non-judgement and sometimes (gently!) challenging observations and feedback. We'll review progress, assess (and appreciate!) the range of learnings and enjoy all the a-ha moments. I can assist you to address setbacks and practical obstacles too.

I'm a Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioural, Motivational, Mindful and NLP coach. This means I can also help you overcome those psychological obstacles (unhelpful and hampering thoughts, feelings and behaviours) that we often encounter along the way to achievement and success.

Furthermore, you will get to know yourself better as a result of coaching and find yourself even more prepared for future aims and aspirations!

FREE Life Audit on my 'Life & Wellbeing Coaching' website page

Let's meet!

I believe that coaching begins best with a NO OBLIGATION face-to-face taster session/chemistry meeting and this is the first step in my 1-1 services. I introduce myself and you tell me a bit more about your current situation. All in confidence of course.

The quality of the relationship between you and your coach is important to the success of the coaching programme.

If, after chatting, we think we can work well together and meet each other's expectations, we'll start looking at a coaching agreement and programme. This is likely to capture 'how come coaching now?', the outcomes you're hoping for, the location and frequency of our meetings, confidentiality and our roles and responsibilities.

Your new thinking and planning partner for change awaits!

Coaching testimonials

"Deciding to go down the life coaching road can be hard but it is so worthwhile." Andrew, 37.

"Practical, real world and constructive coaching." Matthew, 29.

"I have become a lot more confident and I have a greater belief in my abilities and decision-making. I have already recommended Agdela Coaching to another person." Joseph, 26.

"Thank you, I feel happier, more positive and more willing to be open to new opportunities." Jo, 35.

"Melanie really helped me to refocus my priorities and give me better perspective over my work life." James, 42.

"Working through my challenges with Melanie has helped me achieve a much improved work/life balance. I now have the tools to make that sustainable." Emma, 36.

"Melanie has helped me focus on myself, looking at all aspects of my life and what "I" want to change. I now feel I have much more clarity, time and energy to focus on what matters to me." Paula.

Outdoor group sessions - Fresh Air Fridays in Newport

Welcome to Fresh Air Fridays! An invitation to relax and recharge alongside exploring how to create the life, work and wellbeing you want. To discover your best self whilst outdoors in nature with like-minded others. Each session contains a different wellbeing related conversation theme and regular segments such as a guided breathing exercise, being present and a guided relaxation.

Come along to my 3 hour session in Newport on the first Friday of every month at the RSPB Wetlands Nature Reserve. Or my alternative venue if the coastal path is due to be a bit TOO fresh. We go out in all weathers!

Booking is required to participate and all you need to bring along is yourself (friends welcome too) and a flask of hot water for the tea break. Some people choose to bring along a bottle of water also.

The experience of the Fresh Air Fridays team has shown that many people know how to look after their physical wellbeing – whether or not they choose to do so – but far fewer know how to look after their mental and emotional wellbeing. All Fresh Air Fridays sessions take place outdoors in green spaces, all over the country, and are not limited to just Fridays. Get that Friday feeling any day of the week!

Your first time is FREE!

"I thoroughly enjoyed my first Fresh Air Fridays, I stayed chilled for days." Dany

"It's all about wellbeing and my thinking becomes clearer too." Elizabeth

"Melanie has a very warm and gentle manner, and created a safe space for each of us to feel listened to and supported on her Fresh Air Fridays session." Maxine

"My cheeks are still glowing! Melanie gently guided us through a mix of mindfulness, being in nature and reflecting on the month's theme. The relaxation at the end was lovely too." Lisa

If you enjoy being outdoors in nature and you're up for some relaxation, connection, fun and inspiring conversation on life, work and wellbeing - then you've come to the right place. This is the time and space to do just that and where you can show up just as you are.

Also available is a 12-week format for organisations.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been coaching for 20 years and I work in the Newport area with private clients and service providers. I am a preferred supplier of coaching to Macmillan Professionals and my other collaborations/experience includes Shaw Trust (Return To Work Coaching), Expanding Horizons Housing Association (Facilitator & Coach), DWP Jobcentre Plus (Work Psychologist), Rethink Mental Illness (Condition Management Coach) and NHS Primary Care (Assistant Health Psychologist).

I'm a member of The British Psychological Society's (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology, BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP), The Association for Coaching and Fresh Air Fridays Facilitators. My training and qualifications include:

  • Solution Focused Interviewing
  • BSc Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Brief Psychological Interventions
  • MSc Occupational Psychology
  • Fresh Air Fridays Facilitation
  • NLP Coaching

My clients' goals and action plans range across personal wellbeing and life fulfilment, condition management, returning to work after sickness and workplace wellbeing and development. I keep up to date with the evolving world of wellbeing, coaching and psychology and continually evaluate and develop my coaching services.

I look forward to meeting you!

My MSc research explored the successful return to work journeys of people who were previously on long term sick leave. FREE Return to Work 'map' on my Back to Work website page - will it resonate?

Other areas of coaching I deal with



Positive Psychology



Returning to work after sickness

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My no-obligation 1-1 coaching taster /chemistry meeting

In person: £75

1-1 coaching sessions

In person: £100

Via telephone: £50

Currently receiving a low wage or income?

I offer 'Pay What You Want' sessions in Newport for those currently receiving a low wage or income. Offering you the discretion to pay what you wish.

Outdoor group sessions - Fresh Air Fridays

My monthly 3 hour session in Newport: First time FREE.

Then £25 per month or £28 per session depending on whether you choose the Fresh Air Fridays Membership (with additional benefits) or Pay As You Go. Paying for one year's membership via an upfront payment is £250.

Are you a Tempo volunteer? Spend your credits at Fresh Air Fridays - come along to any session for 3 Tempo Time Credits.

Other monthly locations & days provided by the Fresh Air Fridays team - do ask!

Payment & cancellation terms

Payment in advance is kindly required and accepted via Bank Transfer or Standing Order with a minimum of 2 working days notice for the rearrangement of 1-1 coaching sessions. Short notice rearrangements obviously considered for unforeseen and exceptional circumstances.

Further information

  • Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely!
  • Do visit my website for more information and testimonials
  • How about social media?
  • Find Twitter and Facebook links at the top of profile alongside the link to my website
  • I'm on Instagram too:
Newport, NP20

Type of session

Online life coaching: No
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Wheelchair accessible route for outdoor coaching at the RSPB Wetlands Nature Reserve in Newport. The venue offers free motability scooter hire also.