Winning Minds Movement is a social initiative committed to giving back to schools and communities. These initiatives are delivered in conjunction with our educational partners The Waverley Academy. To this end, we can help your school with the following:

  • Career talks and events related to beauty therapy, hairdressing or fitness instruction
  • Talks or training on personnel beauty/hair care for students
  • Talks/workshops related to selfcare & wellbeing for students
  • Talks/workshops for students on skills for coping and achieving in education
  • Talks on the essential interpersonal skills needed for education, careers and life in general

In addition, we can provide a sequence of talks or workshops on any of the above topics for TY or LCA students

Schools Initiatives include:

Kishoge Community College Lucan (hair & beauty care advice – combined with discussion around ‘beauty within’ – TY students)

Rosary college Crumlin (developing confidence & self belief for careers and education – 4th, 5th& 6th years)

Mercy Secondary Inchicore, (information and open evening – discussing with students generic career skills and attributes)

Roslyn College Sandymount (a series of 4 workshops titled ‘Mindset for Success in Education & Careers’ – persons with physical and intellectual disabilities – Further Education)

St Raphael’s College Galway – (Talks for positive mental health week – 3rd & 4th years)

Colaiste Bride Clondalkin – Careers Evening (information and advice for careers in hairdressing, beauty therapy and fitness instruction – parents & students)

Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun – PTExpo – (judging of student projects and providing feedback)

Institute Technology Blanchardstown – Mental Wellbeing in Education (A talk on Coping & Achieving in third level education – 1st year students)


Jennifer Lynch – Teacher and extra-curricular  coordinator – Roslyn Park college

“Thank you for facilitating such a great workshop for our students. They have benefitted so much over the four weeks. The feedback was extremely positive and they felt that is was one of the most beneficial programmes they have attended throughout the year”.

Blaithin Murphy assistant vice principal and TY year head – Kishoge Commuity College Lucan

“Thanks to Derek and Nicola from Winning Minds and Waverley Academy who attended our school recently. They spoke to a TY ‘Beauty Care’ class. They gave a wonderful hour long class: Derek spoke about ‘Beauty Within’ – such an important topic for the youth of today. It really struck a chord among the student group. Nicola then spoke about how the students can look after their skin and care for their skin needs. She gave them an insight into the courses that are held into the college which they found really interesting. We could have had them stay far longer than an hour. Thanks guys”

Tara Healy. Teacher and co organisor of positive mental wellbeing events St Raphael’s College -Galway

“Thank you for taking the time to visit St Raphael’s College during our Wellness Week which was themed ‘This Is Me- Empower Your Voice’. We truly appreciate your hard work and dedication, assisting us in our efforts to enrich and empower the lives of our students”.

Shauna Gallagher – Teacher – Rosary College Crumlin – (field trip to Waverley Academy)

‘From the moment we contacted the Waverley Academy we were met with a warm and sincere welcome and briefed on what to expect on our visit; the talk itself was informative and engaging and this was directly attributed to the owner and director of the Academy Derek –  a humble and gracious man who motivated the students with anecdotes and  real life examples that showcased the importance of self-belief and well-being. The students were encouraged to come prepared and ask as many valid questions in  relation to the courses provided at the academy. Overall we (teacher/SNA/students) all found the visit to be informative, useful, and most importantly uplifting’.

John Byrne – Lecturer – Institute Technology Blanchardstown

Derek introduced the students to some wonderful coping techniques for careers and education aimed at developing positive mental health. These strategies, in conjunction with Derek’s sharing of his personal journey, ensured an insightful and memorable learning experience for our students”.

All talks and workshops can be tailored to suit requirements of classes and/or curriculum .

For more information please email

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

Derek O Kelly

Founder Winning Minds Movement

Education manager & director The Waverley Academy