The Mayor's Charities

The nominated charities for the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council


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Woodys Lodge

Woody’s Lodge, based in the grounds of HMS Cambria in Sully, was launched to commemorate Marine and Special Boat Service member Paul Woodland from Penarth who died in 2012. 


It aims to provide veterans with access to charities, advice, counselling and a place to socialise with other veterans. Its motto is "giving space and time" and the idea is to have a place under one roof where veterans of any age or background from the Vale of Glamorgan or Cardiff can meet and connect with the help they require, be it social, mental or practical.


It is a special, unique quiet and safe space for veterans to meet with support agencies and to socialise at the same time. People from all over south Wales can visit with no commitment via referral or direct contact through the website:



The Barry and District Soroptomists

Soroptimist International Barry and District is part of a global volunteer movement with members working together to transform the lives of women and girls. There are around 80,000 club members in 130 countries and territories around the world.  


Soroptimists work at local, national and international level to create opportunities to educate, empower and enable women and girls and to strive for equality for all. The Soroptomist Vision is committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.  


The Barry and District Branch (of which the Mayor is a member), was chartered in 1968 with 18 members. Today, there are 43 members, volunteering for many local charities. One example is The Sam Davies ward at Barry Hospital (As an older person’s ward some patients have no family and therefore may have no one to bring in essential toiletries).


The Soroptomists, have donated shower gel, soap, toothpaste etc on a regular basis to the Ward, and this is just one of the local community services which Janice and her fellow ‘Sorops’ (as they are fondly known), continue to support on a regular basis.


Barry and District Soroptomists



Coastlands Family Church Baby Basics project

A volunteer-led project aiming to support new mothers and families who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby. It provides much needed essentials and equipment to mothers and families who are unable to provide these items for themselves; including but not limited to teenage mums, people seeking asylum and women fleeing domestic abuse and trafficking.


Baby Basics works with midwives, health visitors, social workers and other professional bodies. The Moses baskets are filled with the greatest love and care – for some, these are the ONLY items they have for their child.


Coastlands Community Involvement   Baby Basics