Dr Gill Le Page is the VCN Service Director and founder member. She has over 25 years’ experience working in mental health and substance misuse services with both the statutory and third sector providers. Prior to this current role, her last post was working in the NHS as a Service Manager in substance misuse services.
John is an experienced Case Worker with the Royal British Legion in Bletchley and sees the VCN as an opportunity to extend that reach and help coordinate all the resources that make veteran support more effective.
"I have been involved with the military for all of my life. I was born into a military family. In 1998 I joined 67 SIGNAL SQUADRON (V) 37 SIGNAL REGIMENT (V). In 2002 I went on OP PALATINE for a year and OP TELIC in 2003. In 2007 I started working as a Police Community Support Officer for Warwickshire Police leaving in 2014 when I started with Thames Valley Police as a Police Constable. In November 2016 following an incident at work I was diagnosed with PTSD, Secondary Trauma, Fatigue and Burnout. I have worked hard to get my own mental well-being in a stable condition and I have worked as a Blue Light Champion with in Thames Valley Police. In 2019 I started a walking group for Military and Blue Light Veterans, called BROKEN CRAYONS, with the aim of promoting positive physical well-being to promote positive mental well-being. In the same year I joined the Veterans Community Network on their steering group and have worked closely with the VCN to assist Veterans who have come into contact with Police, for various reasons, and referred them to the VCN for support.
I am proud to serve my country in the different uniforms that I have and I am proud to be part of the VCN to help local veterans".
JJ joined the Royal Army Medical Corps 23 years ago and is still a serving reservist. She has worked in Army recruiting, helping soldiers at the start of their Military journey, but also now works in a local authority as the Armed Forces covenant lead ensuring veterans and reservists are valued in the workplace & community. She has experienced life as a Military wife as her husband’s many deployments saw her looking after the children in his absence. Passionate about Mental Health, she delivers Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid courses to those whose work brings them into contact with the Armed Forces Family.
Tina Griffiths is the VCN Social Activity Co-ordinator. Her grandfather served in the Royal Navy, and her father was a member of the RAF and served in Ascension Island during the Falklands War. Tina has first-hand experience of military family life including living in quarters, changing school each time her father was posted, as well as knowing what it is like to have a parent go to war.
Tina worked for the MOD for 5 years at an Army Reserve centre where she attended drill nights and was actively involved in recruiting, processing applications, booking medicals and selection weekends, during which time she gained valuable knowledge about the military family. Working alongside regular and reserve soldiers, she gained an excellent understanding of the transition into, and out of military life.
Tina also worked as Communications Assistant for the emh group, one of the largest providers of affordable homes and care & support services in the East Midlands, where she worked closely with a Special Interest Group made up of residents, which met monthly to look at how emh communicated with its residents, with the aim of ensuring they get the information they needed, in a way that was relevant to them, whether that was through the website, annual report to residents, or the quarterly residents magazine. Whilst working for emh, Tina attended training on Equality and Diversity, and Disability Awareness, in order to remove barriers and offer appropriate support to co-workers as well as residents.
Tina is a Group Leader with the MKU3A, a charity whose aims are to advance the education and personal development of older people retired from full time work. Run by voluntary efforts of members, who offer opportunities to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups, Tina set up and runs the Food4thought group and has recently taken over as Group Leader of the Music Appreciation group. She has ensured these groups have continued throughout the Covid-19 lockdown by moving activities online and making sure the more vulnerable and isolated members of groups have remained engaged.
All of our Peer Mentors have undergone a 40 hour accredited Veteran Peer Mentor Training programme.
All VCN Peer Mentors have undergone the two day accredited MHFA England training.
VCN's guiding principle is to 'do no harm'. All peer mentors have regular supervision with the Service Director to ensure that their skills remain safe and effective.
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If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis or emergency, you should either call your GP or call ‘999’ and ask for help.