In the navy

VCHA London Regional Lead Anna-Marie Tipping attended the Royal Naval Association Annual Conference over the weekend of 4 – 5 September.  The event was the Association’s Annual Conference, and this year it was held in Nottingham.

It was the first face-to-face meeting for two years, with a number of the official 75 delegates still taking part remotely.  Discussions focused on a new initiative to help banish loneliness in older Naval veterans; updates on Sparko TV; and a historical perspective about the Royal Navy’s status in the build-up to World War 2 and the early months of the conflict.  The latter was delivered as a ‘Fireside Chat’. 

“This was the first year I’ve been,” added the former Royal Navy Warfare Specialist. “People think veterans are all older but we’re not. It’s good to remind people there’s a new generation and I was keen to represent my age group,” she said.   Anna-Marie added: “I was really happy to talk about the VCHA and to introduce it to people who’ve never heard of it before. It’s good to know they can now take that back to their branches and to their local members.”

By all account, the weekend was a huge success, and Anna-Marie has been invited to the Association’s weekly ‘Fireside Chat’ on Zoom where she will outline the role of the VCHA.  Full details of the Conference may be found here.

“I’m looking forward to the Chat. I’d also like a chance to speak at next year’s conference,” she added.

Anna-Marie Tipping with Vice Admiral John H S McAnally CB LVO (image copyright Royal Naval Association)

Anna-Marie Tipping at RNA Conference gala dinner (image copyright Royal Naval Association)

97 NHS providers in England are now Veteran Aware accredited, and the Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) aims to have all Trusts in England accredited by November 2022 at the latest.

The VCHA is committed to improving Armed Forces and Veteran care whilst raising standards for all.  Find out more here.

22 September 2021


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