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Families

Veteran and Emergency Services Family Support

When a veteran comes home from active service, it can be difficult to adjust back to civilian life. This isn’t only the case for the veteran themselves, but also for veteran’s families. Sometimes it can be a case of the whole family having to readjust to a new home dynamic and that can be difficult. Often families aren’t used to being together again and it takes some understanding and compromise to find your flow in the home again. This can be more challenging if perhaps a veteran is struggling with physical or mental health issues, that aren’t always straight forward and need extra support. This comes with its own difficulties as often veterans are used to being independent and considered ‘strong’.

Woody’s Lodge is an inviting meeting space where veterans of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services, as well as their loved ones, can receive veteran family support such as expert advice and guidance on a range of topics from housing & benefits to socialising with like-minded peers.

Woody’s Lodge Family Support & COVID-19
We know these are incredibly challenging times, if you are in need of support but you’re not yet feeling comfortable enough to travel or are worried about bringing your family to Woody’s Lodge, please feel reassured that we are still here for you! Give us a call or fill out our form on our contact page and one of our team will get back to you. If you’re missing the camaraderie of Woody’s Lodge, you can also join in with our weekly Zoom calls on a Tuesday and Thursday! 

Armed Forces Covenant Funding

We are delighted that we have been awarded two major Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust grants: ‘Positive Pathways’ and ‘Removing Barriers to Family Life’ that will enable us to significantly develop our work with Veteran’s families across Wales and provide more veteran family services. Find out more about our Funding here.

The ‘Positive Pathways’ grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust funds projects that develop and run activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and emergency service leavers. With this funding, we are developing a new project called ‘The Green, Green Grass of Home’, where we will bring veterans and their families together in the green and natural settings of Penlan Farm to help them reconnect in a neutral space.

Find out more about our Green, Green Grass of Home Project here.

Join us at our Partners and Children Lunch!

We host a lunch for the Partners, Carers, and Children of our veterans and Emergency Service leavers once a month at our Amelia Trust Farm site, on 5 Mile Lane. To find out when the next P.A.C Lunch is, keep an eye on our What’s On, or email Sian Woodland: sian@woodyslodge.org

If you’re a friend or family of a veteran and are looking for some help and support through veteran’s family services or perhaps the chance to socialise with others who’ve had a similar experience to yourself, Woody’s Lodge is here to help. From Family Days to just ensuring that the loved ones and families of our veterans are feeling supported through a good cup of tea and a biscuit, Woody’s Lodge is here with you every step of the way.

Woody’s Lodge South Wales

Amelia Trust Farm, 5 Mile Lane, Barry, CF62 3AS

01446 781792

Mon – Thu 10am – 3pm

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

Woody’s Lodge North Wales

Eirias Park, Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8BN

01492 533954

Mon – Thu 10am – 3pm

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

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