Emergency Services

If you’ve served in the Emergency Services and are looking for some help and support or perhaps the chance to socialise with others who have a similar background to yourself, Woody’s Lodge is here to help. We offer an inviting space where you can find expert help & support to help you adjust to life outside of the Emergency Services.

It can be confusing or even daunting dealing with the forms for benefits and pensions but here at Woody’s Lodge we have an expert team who can help guide you in the right direction. If you’ve been asking yourself what’s next, Woody’s Lodge here is here for you.

If since leaving the Emergency Services, you’ve found yourself missing the camaraderie and sharing experiences with like-minded people then a trip to Woody’s could be perfect for you. Woody’s Lodge regularly holds activity days with fun for all the family to join in with as well as always having a friendly face around for a brew and a biscuit if you need it.

Kath’s Story

Kath is a veteran as well as having worked for the Emergency Services. Kath volunteers with us here at Woody’s Lodge and is also a Trustee. Read below for Kath’s story.

I served for 6 years in the Royal Air Force as an Air Traffic Control Officer; I served at RAF Odiham and undertook a tour of active service in Basrah, Iraq in 2004. After my tour of active duty in Iraq, I left the RAF and I became a Close Protection Operative where I carried out bodyguarding and surveillance tasks in the UK and across Europe.

In 2008, I joined South Wales Police and spent 5 years working in Response (the beat). In 2013, I was successful with my application to join the Police Helicopter team and now I am seconded into the National Police Air Service flying out of St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan.

I have been volunteering with Woody’s Lodge for several years now, working with veterans directly as well as a Trustee to the Management Board. As well as volunteering at Woody’s, I also spend my time organising fundraisers and fundraising events to raise money for Woody’s Lodge and veterans locally in South Wales.

Woody’s Lodge is a keen interest of mine, I feel that I have a unique insight of what it means to be a veteran of both the Armed Forces and the Emergency Services and I enjoy interacting with other veterans.

 

If you have been in the Emergency Services and would like some advice, or simply a chat and a brew, then get in touch.

Woody’s Lodge South Wales

Amelia Trust Farm
5 Mile Lane
Barry
CF62 3AS
Tel: 01446 781792

MON-THU 10-3PM

Woody’s Lodge North Wales

Eirias Park
Abergele Road
Colwyn Bay
LL29 8BN
Tel: 01492 533954

MON-FRI 10-3PM

You can also email us: support@woodyslodge.org.