THE secretary of state for Wales said it was a “privilege” to talk to ex-service people and their families at Woody’s Lodge.

The secretary of state for Wales David TC Davies, and the Veteran’s Commissioner for Wales, Colonel James Phillips, recently visited Woody’s Lodge, which is part of the Amelia Trust Farm in Barry.

Woody’s Lodge is a social hub where veterans of the armed forces and emergency services can come together, share their experiences, and receive support to re-engage with their families and communities.

Staff are on hand to help with advice on benefits and pensions, housing, employment or accessing healthcare and mental health support. So far Woody’s Lodge has helped more than 1,000 veterans.

The facility was set up in the name of Paul ‘Woody’ Woodland from Penarth. He was a Royal Marine and member of the Special Boat Service who died on a training exercise in 2012. 

Mr Davies and Mr Phillips chatted to veterans and their families and met with staff and volunteers and were shown around the facilities when they visited on November 3.

Mr Davies said: “It’s been a privilege to talk to ex-service people and their families and hear first-hand about their experiences.

"They have sacrificed so much in the service of their country. 

“I also wanted to thank the staff and volunteers at Woody’s Lodge for the important work that they do supporting veterans, many of whom would be struggling without their help.”

The duo’s visit to Woody’s Lodge followed them attending the opening of the Field of Remembrance at Cardiff Castle.

Colonel Phillips said: “I was delighted to see the wonderful service that Woody’s Lodge provides.

“My role is to make sure that veterans in Wales get all the support they need to transition to civilian life.

"For some this is not easy, and they rely on organisations like Woody’s Lodge for invaluable support.”

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