Volunteer at Woody's

Woody’s Lodge is always on the lookout for more volunteers to add to our team. More than anything, we need your time! Our volunteers help our veterans in a variety of ways from providing one-on-one support with form filling to ensure they’re getting the right financial or health support to sitting down with a brew and a biscuit to have a light chat with a veteran that might have become a bit isolated. We often have activity days to help families re-engage with each other and we’re always on the lookout for volunteers for these days, helping to make tea, run activities and generally, being a friendly face.

If you think you have some time to volunteer with us at either our North or South Wales sites, Woody’s Lodge would love to hear from you! Contact the team on 01446 781792 (South Wales) or 01492 533954 (North Wales). You can also drop us an email at support@woodyslodge.org

Meet our Volunteers!

 

Margot Deveraux-Nisbet

Margot has lived in Cardiff for over 20 years, she joined the WRAF in 1977 and served for 10 years finishing her military career at 45 of TT, RAF St. Athan.

She is happily married, has a daughter and step-daughter who both keep her up to date with latest fashions and trends.

She spent the last 13 years working for an older people charity within the physical activities programme and is a fully qualified Nordic walking instructor, chair-based exercise instructor and a Tai Chi instructor. She has now retired but enjoys spending her time with her husband, daughters and walking her dogs.

Alicia Woodland

Alicia has been with Woody’s Lodge from the very beginning, volunteering her time and is also a Trustee to the Management Board. Alicia is Paul Woodland’s (Woody) mother and as well as bringing up Jamie and Paul, donating her time to us at Woody’s Lodge, she has been a childminder and carer.

Alicia was born in Cardiff and was brought up in Penarth where she still lives in her childhood home. Her dad was Polish, who came to Wales after fighting for the Polish Army in the Second World War.

Since Paul’s passing she has raised lots of money for military charities, including taking part in a sky dive! She has contributed to local military organisations by organising coffee mornings and raffles.

She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, shopping, cooking, baking and walking.

Andrew Larkin

Andrew was born in Hastings, England, in 1957. He was raised in Bexhill and left full time education at 18 years old. Andrew has always worked with people in a range of roles from working as a Guide, Nurseryman and a Shop Keeper. As well as unfortunate long bouts of unemployment.

Andrew was involved in a terrible accident 35 years ago, when he was crushed after being knocked off of his bicycle. 2 years, 2 months and 2 days later, he met his wife, Carol. Despite only knowing Carol for six months, Andrew moved to Leicester to be with her where they lived for over twenty years. From Leicester they moved to Pencoedtre Village, South Wales and now live in St. Athan.

Andrew personally understands and can emphasise with a lot of the veterans that visit us at Woody’s Lodge, due to his own physical difficulties from the accident 35 years ago. He enjoys giving his time to Woody’s and the camaraderie he has with the veterans, especially the chance to have a bit of a joke and banter over a cup of tea!

Carole Alexander

Carole has been with Woody’s Lodge from the beginning and is a Trustee and Secretary to the Management Board.

She has lived in Penarth for over 30 years, although is originally from Port Talbot.  She joined the Women’s Royal Navy Service in 1971 and served for 2 years, where she was based at the Royal Marine Barracks at Eastney, working at DPRORM. She moved back to South Wales when she left the WRNS and got married and spent the next 12 years raising her son and daughter.

She has over 23 years’ experience in local government, working as Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive and 15 years as Personal Assistant to the Mayor. She retired in 2015 and now works part time as Clerk to a local Community Council.

She enjoys spending time with her three grandsons, gardening, knitting, crossword puzzles and yoga.

Kath Fisher

Kath has been with Woody’s Lodge from the beginning and is a Trustee to the Management Board. She served for six years in the Royal Air Force as an Air Traffic Control Officer, serving at RAF Odiham as well as undertaking a tour of active service in Basrah in Iraq in 2004.

Woody’s Lodge is a keen interest of Kath’s, especially as she has the unique insight of what it means to be a veteran herself.

In addition to her time here with us at Woody’s, Kath works with the National Police Air Service flying out of St. Athan after 5 years working with the South Wales Police Force, as well as volunteering at the RNLI.

As well as all of her work and volunteering, Kath also spends her free time organising fundraisers to raise money for us here at Woody’s Lodge as well as for veterans locally.

 

If you would like to volunteer Woody’s Lodge, then please call us on 01446 78179 (South Wales) or 01492 533954 (North Wales).

You can also email us at support@woodyslodge.org