Agdela Coaching & Fresh Air Fridays - Melanie Faulks

Agdela Coaching & Fresh Air Fridays - Melanie Faulks



01633 376 007 / 07903 140 612

Saved Save profile

About me

May is here and Spring has sprung! How about you? Pleased with your year so far?

Hi! I am Melanie Faulks. Helping you transform life, work and wellbeing - what's your potential and when are you planning on reaching for it?

Coaching is all about being and feeling the best you can and achieving in life what you really hoped for - and it's for anyone! Anyone who wants to make changes to, or make progress with, a particular area(s) of their life.

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 Newport and cover South East Wales, Bristol and surrounds. I offer 1-1 Life & Wellbeing coaching, Back to Work coaching, workplace coaching for Health & Social Care Professionals and outdoor group wellbeing sessions - #FreshAirFridays.

My 'How I Can Help You' video is below.

1-1 Life & Wellbeing Coaching

Is your life and wellbeing the best it can be? Or not quite yet? Does 'now' feel like the right time to invest in it? A coach can be your new thinking and planning partner for change, progression, growth and happiness. In any life area or indeed all of it! Have you heard of the Life Audit?

How can I help you?

Let's step out for a moment together and consider your current situation. Let's look 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 turn things around (perhaps even upside-down!), challenge the status quo (includes you!) and reveal your preferred future. What do you see? How does it feel?

And what will you do?

Of course, change and progress require action as well as thought, exploration and creativity.

So, together, we'll establish new or clearer goals and determine how best you're going to move forwards. Like the sound of a personal, inspiring and effective action plan?

As you then implement your plan, I provide encouragement, a sounding board, accountability and congratulations. We'll continually review progress, assess (and appreciate!) all the learnings and enjoy all the a-ha moments. You will receive impartial and non-judgemental (but sometimes gently challenging!) feedback and I'll assist you to address any 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!

Tried out the Life Audit yet?

My coaching taster/chemistry meeting

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, my coaching and you tell me all about your needs, hopes and aspirations. 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 our coaching agreement and programme. This includes considering 'why coaching and how come now?', the outcomes you're hoping for, the location and frequency of our meetings, our roles and responsibilities, confidentiality, data privacy, payment and cancellation terms, service evaluation.

Your new thinking and planning partner awaits!

If you would like to know more about my Back to Work service and coaching for Health & Social Care Professionals, this information can be found on my website:

1-1 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.

My monthly outdoor group sessions - Fresh Air Fridays in Newport

Welcome to #FreshAirFridays! Your opportunity to stop, relax, recharge and explore how to create the life, work and wellbeing you want - all whilst being outdoors in glorious nature with a small group of like-minded people. Each session contains a different wellbeing related conversation theme and regular segments such as guided breathing and relaxation.

Come along to my monthly 3 hour session in Newport on the first Friday of every month 10am-1pm 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 too. Come along and see what we do for yourself!

Your first time is FREE!

"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 some (light) talking, thinking and planning - on life, work and wellbeing - then you've come to the right place. Here's the time, space and support to do just that AND show up just as you are.

Get in touch today to save your place and ask any questions:

There is also a weekly 12 session Fresh Air Fridays programme available. For organisations/workplaces and Health/Social Care/Welfare providers who would like to provide #FreshAirFridays to their staff or patients/clients/residents/housing association tenants/customers etc.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been coaching for 20 years and my coaching relevant training and qualifications include:

  • Solution Focused Interviewing
  • BSc Psychology with Honours - First
  • Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Certificate in Occupational Testing
  • Brief Psychological Interventions
  • Certificate in Coaching (approved by the British Psychological Society)
  • MSc Occupational Psychology - Merit
  • Fresh Air Fridays Facilitation
  • NLP Coach

My clients' goals and action plans have ranged across:

  • Health condition management
  • Personal wellbeing and life fulfilment
  • Returning to work after sickness
  • Workplace wellbeing and development

I work with private clients, employers and service providers. I have been a preferred supplier of coaching to Macmillan Professionals since 2015 and my other collaborations/experience includes Shaw Trust, Expanding Horizons Housing Association, DWP Jobcentre Plus (Work Psychologist), Rethink Mental Illness, NHS Mental Health Services and NHS Primary Care.

My MSc research explored the successful return to work journeys of people who were previously on long term sick leave. The findings are available on my website.

Not all but many of my clients have been people managing some anxiety, depression, a physical health condition/disability or neurodiversity (i.e. Dyslexia) alongside life and work. Please notice: Coaching is not a substitute for counselling or other talking therapies or professional supervision (for Health and Social Care, Counselling & Coaching professionals) however they can run alongside each other if appropriate to do so.

I look forward to meeting you!

I'm a member of The British Psychological Society's (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology, the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP), The Association for Coaching, Fresh Air Fridays Facilitators and hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.

I keep up to date with the evolving world of psychology and coaching and evaluate my services by inviting client feedback. I subscribe to my own self-reflection and practice development via 1-1 professional coaching supervision and group peer practice.

Other areas of coaching I deal with




Living Well with a Health Condition

Returning to Work after Sickness

Health and Social Care Professionals

Photos & videos

  • How I can help with wellbeing, life and work - Agdela Coaching & Newport #FreshAirFridays.


For 1-1 coaching, choose from outdoor coaching (alongside glorious nature!), coffee lounge coaching (in pre-selected and comfortable venues) and private room coaching. For private sessions, I use the comfortable meeting rooms at Wellbeing Solutions, Newport and R&R Consulting Centre, Cardiff. Telephone coaching sessions also available.

1-1 coaching via invoice to a company / employer / service provider is negotiated separately.

The rates below include preparation time, travel time and travel costs where relevant, session set-up time and in-session costs where relevant, materials and session follow up.

My no-obligation coaching taster /chemistry meeting

In person: £80

1-1 coaching sessions

In person: £100

Telephone coaching: £60

Coaching partnerships: from £280 per month (connecting weekly via a mix of face to face, telephone & email coaching)

My monthly 3 hour outdoor group sessions in Newport

First time FREE!

Then, if you love it, choose a #FreshAirFridays membership (with additional benefits) or Pay As You Go (PAYG).

Annual membership options are £250 upfront or £25 per month.

PAYG is £28 per session or 3 Tempo Time Credits.

Other locations & days provided by the #FreshAirFridays team - do ask!

Currently receiving a low wage or income?

I offer 'Pay What You Want Wednesdays' in Newport for those currently receiving a low wage or income. Outdoor and coffee lounge 1-1 coaching available. Offering you the discretion to pay what you wish.

The Pay What You Want (PWYW) service can also be provided on-site at workplaces and service providers happy to host this service. Giving staff/patients/clients/residents/housing association tenants/customers easy access to life, work and wellbeing coaching.

Payment & cancellation terms

Payment at time of booking is required to secure 1-1 coaching sessions, the #FreshAirFridays annual membership and a PAYG #FreshAirFridays session attendance. Payments accepted via Bank Transfer.

Monthly Standing Orders are accepted for 1-1 coaching partnerships and #FreshAirFridays membership instalments.

30 day payment terms for invoices to companies, employers and service providers.

Two working days notice required to re-arrange a session booking or receive a return of session payment.

Further information

Newport, NP20
Cardiff, CF14

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified