Former Royal Marine and co-organiser of ‘On Course’ Veterans Golfing, having been on several experience days Nigel decided to volunteer with us and is very supportive to the CEO with computer work and being a supportive mentor and ‘taxi’ driver for our experience days. He is Ambassador for the On Course Foundation recovery through Golf for wounded injured and sick forces personnel, serving and veterans. He is also a member of the National Maritime Museum of Cornwall Epic Row team.
My name is Clare Densley and I am bee department manager at Buckfast Abbey. We have around 25 colonies of bees here at the Abbey which I look after for the monks: and we also run courses, visits and workshops related to bees and beekeeping. Also, more recently, we have been involved in showing people the bees as a kind of therapeutic experience, and have found that many people who have mental health issues find that engaging with them can be calming and a welcome distraction from life stresses. It certainly works for me.
Before this job I have worked as a teacher in the state system (11 to 18 year olds). I did a short stint in a care home for old folks and I ran a market stall at Totnes for 10 years.
I have done some work with Help for Heroes down at HMS Drake and Farmable came for an experience day last year which is when I met Penny.
Paula first worked for ten years in the private sector, first in banking and then sales as State-wide Manager in the USA and then Senior Regional Manager in the UK. Moving to the charitable sector she worked in most areas of Fundraising and Business Development Management in national charities for over 25 years, including Action for Children, The Salvation Army, and St Loye’s Foundation. Paula is also a qualified Funding Advisor and was funded by the EU and UK to help the sector to access European funding.
As a volunteer she ran girl-scouts and a youth club in the USA, girl-guides in Malta and the UK. Now she volunteers on funding panels to award grants. Paula says she is honoured to be a trustee helping Veterans having attended service schools and seen the Armed Forces at work.