Welcome to the Winning Minds Movement
The Winning Minds Movement is a social initiative which helps people and companies improve wellbeing and performance. The movement is sponsored by The Waverley Academy
We provide education and training for parents, companies, groups, educators, adults and young people. We aim to help people develop the mental and emotional skills for coping and achieving by helping them cultivate winning mindsets.
Programmes and education can be delivered through talks, workshops, retreats and seminars, at locations of choice. And we can also provide facilities for same.
Training and education includes:
- Wellbeing & wellness
- Self care strategies
- Building mental strength
- Cultivating winning mindsets
- Developing mental resilience
- Nurturing healthy minds
- Preventing & managing stress
The education can be applied in many areas of life including:
- Mental health
- Social settings
- Physical health
- Personal development and growth
“To improve the wellbeing and performance of people and companies in Ireland”
Not For Profit
WMM is a not for profit initiative. Proceeds from fee based initiatives are directed towards development of WMM, and our social initiatives in communities, schools and society, including:
- Areas & schools of disadvantage
- Parent and women groups
- Those re-entering education
- People who face additional challenges
- Young people and adults trying to get their life back on track
To provide evidence based education that is engaging, interactive and easy to understand. We want to empower people with the skills and knowledge to: think well, feel well, be well and do well.
Who Is It For
Our education is aimed at parents, companies, organisations, educators, schools, community groups, adults* and young people.
*Adults can include: parents, educators, teachers, coaches, care workers- and anyone with an interest or role in wellbeing & performance for children and young people.
About The Founder
Derek O Kelly is Founder of the Winning Minds Movement – and award-winning director at The Waverley Academy. He is a wellbeing and performance coach with a background in educational and sports psychology.
He is also Ireland’s first Mental Wellbeing Explorer and author of irelands first “Quick Start Guide to Selfcare & Wellbeing”. He has spent the past 27 years as an educator and mentor in the further education sector, transforming the careers and lives of over 8,000 students, trainers, and graduates – helping them build new careers and businesses.
Derek is also a mental health advocate and activist.
- Early school leaver
- Re-entered education at age 30.
- Turned life around through re-education.
- Developing education & training in the FE sector for over 27 years.
- Director & Education Manager, The Waverley Academy (award-winning college- 1995 – present)
- Founder – The Winning Minds Movement
- Education manager of sports & fitness programme for FAS & SDCC (1993 to 2005)
- Author (4 publications)
- Education partner with FAI
- Education Partner with PFAI
- Educational and Sports psychologist
- Teacher, trainer, speaker, writer, researcher
- Mental health advocate and activist
- Career, life, business, performance & wellbeing coach/mentor
Core value: Education empowers.
Core belief: Understand the mind and anything is possible
The motivation for Winning Minds Movement: To make a difference.
The Winning Minds Movement is a social initiative funded and resourced by The Waverley Academy – college of hair, beauty, fitness and teacher training – www.academy.ie