I was born in Pembrokeshire and spent many years being active on local committees and local council until a move to Hereford 10 years ago. My intention is soon to return to North Pembrokeshire to lend support to Beth, the team and Ailsa’s family.
I have followed the development of Cwtch since it was founded by my niece, Ailsa and her friend Beth and consequently it was great to be able to volunteer with the Group at the end of 2016 when my husband, Chris and I moved to Pembrokeshire from the Midlands. I have seen the Group go from strength to strength and I am grateful for the opportunity to offer support to such an inspiring and worthwhile charity.
Co-founder of CWTCH
I understand from a personal level what it is like to have a chronic health condition. I hope to encourage our members to share positive strategies, make new friendships and ultimately create a support network. I am grateful to have my newly formed committee who work together to run and develop the group. I am married with two boys and I’m a qualified practitioner of therapeutic play.
I started volunteering with Cwtch in 2016 and attend group meetings, produce the newsletter for the charity, to highlight and promote its achievements and I’m looking forward to helping to develop greater opportunities for youth members.
I met Ailsa one of the co-founders of Cwtch in her previous role as a nurse whilst caring for a family member. Her kind and approachable nature was of great comfort and an inspiration to me. Since hearing of Cwtch a charity and cause close to her heart, I felt this was the perfect opportunity to give something back for all the support my family and I received and support others in the process. Cwtch is such an inspiring support group that gives it’s all to brightening the lives of those affected by chronic health conditions and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.
Trustee & Volunteer
I suffer with a muscle disease and lower back problems so went to the support groups to chat and I offered to help out where I could. One day Beth asked me to become a trustee and I also help out wherever Beth needs me to. I now have my muscle problems under control and I feel I am now in the position to help at the monthly support groups even if it’s to make teas and coffees or just a chat or listen. CWTCH has really helped me and I want to give something back.
Vicky Jeffrey, (registered nurse)
Trustee & Volunteer
I became a member of CWTCH in 2013 after my health visitor recommended the group. I had looked into support groups many times over the years but never found one that was specifically for chronic health conditions. After meeting Beth and another member of CWTCH I went to my first group meeting and never looked back. In 2016 I became a volunteer, I wanted to be able to help support others
Ailsa Hopper, a former nurse, dedicated her precious time to research the availability of support groups in Pembrokeshire for the younger adults with chronic health conditions. It was found that there are no groups specifically for the 18-45 age group. Ailsa and Beth co-founded CWTCH (Pembrokeshire) in December 2011. Their first support group meeting was held on March 2nd 2012.