Welcome to the Winning Minds Movement

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We help people build mental strength and wellbeing… so they can pass the skills onto children and young people. We do this through talks, workshops, training and meet-ups.

The Winning Minds Movement  is a social initiative which provides educational solutions for mental strength & wellbeing. (the movement is currently funded by our education partner the Waverley Academy)

We provide mental strength and wellbeing education for parents, grandparents, educators and adults so they can build mental strength & wellbeing in children and young people.

Phase 1 of our journey will focus on the 3 P’s of:

Prevention Parents & Positivity.

The education we develop will help towards:

  • Building mental strength
  • Developing mental resilience
  • Nurturing healthy minds
  • Preventing mental health issues
  • Raising happy children

The education is a win win,  as the skills learned by parents and adults can be used to help children and young people achieve and cope in many areas of life, including

  • Education
  • Careers
  • Social settings
  • Relationships
  • Personal development
  • Mental health
  • Physical health

Our Vision:

“That every person will have access to mental skills education so they can build mental strength & Wellbeing”

Within that vision, I see the Winning Minds Movement as a solutions provider for mental strength & wellbeing education . Our initial aim will be to focus on parents, grand parents, educators and adults to help them develop the skills and knowledge to develop mental strength and wellbeing in children and young people.

Our Approach

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. We want to build minds that are SMART…..Strong – Mindful – Agile – Resiliant – Trained

“The mind is the most powerful tool on the planet – and once we know how it works – anything is possible”  Derek O Kelly – Founder – Winning Minds  Movement

Who Is It For

Our education is aimed at parents, grand parents educators and adults*.  We also provide  talks and workshops for schools, colleges, universities and organisations

*Adults can include: educators, teachers, coaches, care workers- and anyone with an interest or role in mental wellbeing for children and young people.

How We Do It


Talks are informative and engaging with a focus on key topics such as mindset, career success, mental strength, wellbeing, educational performance and resilience. Talks can be delivered in variety of contexts (time: 40 to 90 minutes


Workshops are practical and interactive. They are a fun and engaging way to learn how the mind works and how it can be used towards mental strength and wellbeing. (Time:1 to 3 hours)


Meet-ups are small gatherings with a focus on learning and sharing best practice towards mental wellbeing. The meetups are fun, engaging,informal and informative – providing you with plenty of takeaways to use and share. (Time: 1 hour plus)


Training is for those who want to deliver Winning Minds education to others. It is suitable for parents, teachers, educators, organisations and anyone working with children and young people. It’s also suitable for young people who want to become leaders and advocates for Winning Minds Movement. (Time: approx 12 hours – delivered in variety of formats)

For Organisations

To provide education for members or staff – and to train key personal and provide solutions that can be integrated into existing activities and programmes.

For Groups

To provide talks and workshops for parent and women’s groups

For Schools (secondary)

To provide talks for students and/or to collaborate with staff and provide educational solutions that can be integrated into existing programmes.

For Society

We also want our education to have a positive impact in areas of society were it is most needed such as:

  • Areas of disadvantage
  • Females and teen mothers
  • Those re-entering education
  • Young people and adults trying to get their life back on track

About The founder

Derek O Kelly is Founder of the Winning Minds Movement – and also director & education manager at The Waverley Academy. He is a mental skills and wellbeing educator, with a background in educational and sports psychology. He is also an author &  Ireland’s first Mental Wellbeing Explorer


  • Early school leaver.
  • Re-entered education at age 30.
  • Turned life around through re-education.
  • Developing education/training in the FE sector for over 22 years.
  • Director & Education Manager, The Waverley Academy (award winning college- 1995 – present)
  • Founder – The Winning Minds Movement
  • Author (3 publications plus forthcoming publications)
  • Education manager of sports & fitness programme for FAS & SDCC (1993 to 2005)
  • Education partner with  FAI
  • Education Partner with PFAI
  • Educational and Sports psychologist

Core value: Education empowers.

Core belief: Understand the mind and anything is possible

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 )