Agdela Coaching & Fresh Air Fridays - Melanie Faulks

Agdela Coaching & Fresh Air Fridays - Melanie Faulks


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About me

July's here...already!? Are you feeling, being & doing what you hoped at this point in 2019? Need a chat?

Hi! I am Melanie Faulks. Helping you thrive with life, work and wellbeing - especially if juggling boredom or too much work, stress or unhelpful anxiety, low mood, a physical health condition, disability or neurodiversity (i.e. Dyslexia) alongside. What's your preferred future and when are you planning on reaching for it? Imagine! Take a look at my 'How I Can Help You' video.

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 look forward to meeting you.

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

Let's spend a moment 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? How will it feel? And what will you do?

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

As you implement your 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!) all the 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!

Want to try out the Life Audit?

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 'why coaching and how come now?', the outcomes you're hoping for, the location and frequency of our meetings, roles and responsibilities, confidentiality, payment terms, cancellation terms and service evaluation.

Your new thinking and planning partner awaits!


"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 like-minded others. 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.

Also available over 12 or 24 weeks for businesses and organisations.

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.

Photos & videos

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


1-1 coaching rates and Fresh Air Fridays

For 1-1 coaching, choose from walking and talking outdoors, coffee lounge coaching (in pre-selected and comfortable venues) and private room coaching at Wellbeing Solutions, Charles Street, Newport. Telephone coaching also available.

My no-obligation coaching taster /chemistry meeting

In person: £80

1-1 coaching sessions - typically a morning or afternoon together for face to face sessions

In person: £125

Telephone coaching: £60

Coaching partnerships: from £275 per month (connecting weekly via a mix of face to face, telephone & email coaching)

My monthly 3 hour Fresh Air Fridays session in Newport

First time FREE.

Followed by £25-£28 per month depending on whether you choose the Fresh Air Fridays Annual Membership (with additional benefits) or Pay As You Go. Paying your annual membership via a one-off 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.

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. Outdoor and coffee lounge 1-1 coaching available. Offering you the discretion to pay what you wish.

Payment & cancellation terms

Payment in advance is kindly required to secure your coaching/Fresh Air Fridays session(s) and accepted via Bank Transfer and Standing Order.

30 day payment terms for 1-1 coaching invoices to a business or organisation.

Two working days notice is required for the re-arrangement of 1-1 coaching sessions.

Further information

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


Wheelchair access: Unspecified