Posted: Wed 25th May 2022

Leading lights in business and coaching to unite for inaugural Wellbeing Festival

Business, in Wales.
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

LEADING lights in business, coaching and mindfulness will unite for a celebration of health and wellbeing.

The inaugural Wellbeing Mini Festival will be held at the Naylor Leyland Centre in Ruthin – home to Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC) – on Wednesday June 29.

Among the speakers are The Empowered Parent Coach and Mentor, Polly O’Leary, Sian Golding, who launched Elysian Coaching gym in Rhyl during the pandemic, and Jamie Sheridan, an entrepreneur and founder of Straits Line, exploring proactive healthcare and how it can prolong working life.

A former primary school teacher, Polly will discuss how her outlook and career transformed dramatically following the birth of daughter, Mila.

Struggling with her own mental health, imposter syndrome and self-doubt, she used negativity as fuel for change and now delivers popular workshops and webinars, writes blogs and children’s books, and holds coaching sessions to help other mums and parents thrive and become the best possible version of themselves.

“My daughter was the catalyst for my own self-development journey,” said Polly, from Dwygyfylchi, near Conwy.

“I began to realise that to help her thrive in life, I was going to have to do some work on myself first, and things changed when I did.

“I look forward to sharing my story and the reason why I do what I do, the things I’ve learned along the way and hopefully some tips and guidance people will find useful.

“I work with mums in particular as that’s my lived experience, and I am passionate about children’s wellbeing, but as a mindset mentor it can be applied to anybody, especially parents who might want to look at their own confidence and self-development.

“Helping to empower them will have a massive impact on the next generation of children, so I’m looking forward to continuing on my journey and being a part of the Wellbeing Festival.”

Jamie, from Anglesey, is also hoping to make a difference to people’s lives via his work developing the ‘Ageing Curve’, a proactive health concept targeting 50-75 year olds in what is now being called the third quartile of ‘the 100-year life’.


“I’ve just turned 50 myself, and as I work in innovation and tech development with a healthcare background, healthy ageing is a really interesting space,” he said.

“With people living longer it’s more important than ever to look at life past 50. How will that time be spent? As well as the financial aspect to no longer working, how active and healthy will you be? Do you take time for yourself, as a couple, with friends or family? It’s a great conversation to have, especially here in North Wales with so many opportunities for living a healthy and fulfilling life.

“I personally don’t like the search for the ‘fountain of youth’ medical treatments but there have been vast technological advances and great innovations in age-tech that can support and enhance wellbeing.

“I look forward to exploring this further with those in attendance and am excited to be part of the event – I hope to see you there.”

Ali Carter, Enterprise, and Investment Manager for DVSC, added: “We are delighted to have such inspirational guest speakers lined up for our first Wellbeing Festival and have curated an interesting and relaxing evening of shared experience, talks and workshops that will I’m sure will be helpful and beneficial for people of all ages looking to improve and enhance their health and wellbeing.”


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