13 episodes

Honest and inspiring conversations, and stories of overcoming extraordinary adversity.
Military veterans who have suffered loss of sight or use of limbs speak to figures from public life. We hear their stories, their struggles, and how resilience was crucial in their most difficult days.

The Resilience Sessions has been inspired by Making Generation R – a campaign which aims to create a generation of resilient people across the U.K. The series is brought to you by Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, and is based on an original idea by Simon Harmer and The Drive Project. The Resilience Sessions are supported by Openreach and produced by The Drive Project.

The Resilience Sessions The Drive Project

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    • 4.9 • 79 Ratings

Honest and inspiring conversations, and stories of overcoming extraordinary adversity.
Military veterans who have suffered loss of sight or use of limbs speak to figures from public life. We hear their stories, their struggles, and how resilience was crucial in their most difficult days.

The Resilience Sessions has been inspired by Making Generation R – a campaign which aims to create a generation of resilient people across the U.K. The series is brought to you by Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, and is based on an original idea by Simon Harmer and The Drive Project. The Resilience Sessions are supported by Openreach and produced by The Drive Project.

    Ken's story

    Ken's story

    Ken was serving as an Ammunition Technician in the British Army when a fellow soldier became trapped on an IED. In trying to save his friend, Ken sustained life-changing injuries in the blast. Here he tells his story.

    The Resilience Sessions has been inspired by Making Generation R – a campaign which aims to create a generation of resilient people across the U.K. The series is brought to you by Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, and is based on an original idea by Simon Harmer and The Drive Project. The Resilience Sessions are supported by Openreach and produced by The Drive Project.

    For information on helplines please visit our website.

     Website: https://blesma.org/making-generation-r/the-resilience-sessions/

    Twitter: @TheResilienceS

    Facebook: @theresiliencesessions

    Instagram: @theresiliencesessions

    Contact us: marketing@thedriveproject.co.uk

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 19 min
    Ray and Ken

    Ray and Ken

    Ray Winstone, legendary actor, talks with Ken Bellringer, who was serving with the British Army in Afghanistan when he sustained life-changing injuries in an IED blast.

     Ray and Ken discuss the values and experiences that have shaped them and where they have found resilience and strength when they have needed it. They talk candidly about some of life's harder moments, and how they hope they can inspire others to open up and talk with those around them. Both men talk about the importance of family, the role their children have played in motivating and inspiring them, and the value of the little things in life – whether that's a conversation, or simply a cup of tea.

     The Resilience Sessions has been inspired by Making Generation R – a campaign which aims to create a generation of resilient people across the U.K. The series is brought to you by Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, and is based on an original idea by Simon Harmer and The Drive Project. The Resilience Sessions are supported by Openreach and produced by The Drive Project.

    For information on helplines please visit our website.

     Website: https://blesma.org/making-generation-r/the-resilience-sessions/

    Twitter: @TheResilienceS

    Facebook: @theresiliencesessions

    Instagram: @theresiliencesessions

    Contact us: marketing@thedriveproject.co.uk

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 38 min
    Shaun's story

    Shaun's story

    Shaun was aged just 19 and was 6 days from ending a tour of Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED. He lost both his legs above the knee, his left eye, the vision in his right eye and suffered various other injuries. Here, he tells his story.

    The Resilience Sessions has been inspired by Making Generation R – a campaign which aims to create a generation of resilient people across the U.K. The series is brought to you by Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, and is based on an original idea by Simon Harmer and The Drive Project. The Resilience Sessions are supported by Openreach and produced by The Drive Project.

    For information on helplines please visit our website.

     Website: https://blesma.org/making-generation-r/the-resilience-sessions/

    Twitter: @TheResilienceS

    Facebook: @theresiliencesessions

    Instagram: @theresiliencesessions

    Contact us: marketing@thedriveproject.co.uk

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 13 min
    Vick and Shaun

    Vick and Shaun

    Vick Hope, radio and television presenter, talks with Shaun Stocker BEM, who was serving with the British Army in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED at the age of just 19.

     Vick and Shaun discuss their upbringings, families and how both went abroad at the age of 19 to have experiences that would change their lives in very different ways. Vick speaks about growing up mixed-race in Newcastle, of getting into Cambridge University, and why she has been motivated to pursue humanitarian causes. Shaun shares the moments leading up to his injury, speaks of the long road to recovery afterwards, and how he now uses his experience to give back to others in multiple ways. Both agree on the importance of talking, of sharing problems openly, and using their platforms for good.

     The Resilience Sessions has been inspired by Making Generation R – a campaign which aims to create a generation of resilient people across the U.K. The series is brought to you by Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, and is based on an original idea by Simon Harmer and The Drive Project. The Resilience Sessions are supported by Openreach and produced by The Drive Project.

    For information on helplines please visit our website.

     Website: https://blesma.org/making-generation-r/the-resilience-sessions/

    Twitter: @TheResilienceS

    Facebook: @theresiliencesessions

    Instagram: @theresiliencesessions

    Contact us: marketing@thedriveproject.co.uk

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 50 min
    Mark's Story

    Mark's Story

    Mark Ormrod was serving with the Royal Marines when on Christmas Eve 2007 he sustained life-changing injuries that led to him becoming the first triple-amputee from the UK to survive the Afghanistan conflict. Here, he tells his story.

    The Resilience Sessions has been inspired by Making Generation R – a campaign which aims to create a generation of resilient people across the U.K. The series is brought to you by Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, and is based on an original idea by Simon Harmer and The Drive Project. The Resilience Sessions are supported by Openreach and produced by The Drive Project.

    For information on helplines please visit our website.

    Website: https://blesma.org/making-generation-r/the-resilience-sessions/

    Twitter: @TheResilienceS

    Facebook: @theresiliencesessions

    Instagram: @theresiliencesessions

    Contact us: marketing@thedriveproject.co.uk

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 19 min
    Michael and Mark

    Michael and Mark

    Michael Caines, celebrity chef and hotelier,talks with Mark Ormrod, who was serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan when he sustained life-changing injuries and became the UK’s first triple-amputee to survive that conflict.

    Mark and Michael, who lost an arm in a road traffic accident early in his career, discuss the immediate impact of their injuries and the journey towards recovery and rehabilitation. Both men reflect on the importance of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity, and highlight how work and activity provided them with the focus and drive they needed to carry on. Both Devon born and bred, they discuss the value they have found in giving back to their communities, and the support and strength they have gained from their families.

     

    The Resilience Sessions has been inspired by Making Generation R – a campaign which aims to create a generation of resilient people across the U.K. The series is brought to you by Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, and is based on an original idea by Simon Harmer and The Drive Project. The Resilience Sessions are supported by Openreach and produced by The Drive Project.

    For information on helplines please visit our website.

    Website: https://blesma.org/making-generation-r/the-resilience-sessions/

    Twitter: @TheResilienceS

    Facebook: @theresiliencesessions

    Instagram: @theresiliencesessions

    Contact us: marketing@thedriveproject.co.uk

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Big Sigh ,

We All Need Tools To Develop Resilience.

Incredible series to listen to either on the train into work or whilst training in the gym.

I learned so much from this podcast. Can't wait for the second series.

suemcgran ,

Just wonderful and inspiring

A bit late to this podcast but just listened to two episodes ! It’s so inspiring to hear people’s stories and how they have overcome extreme life changes - you are heroes

Ellie H J ,

Powerful speakers and inspiring conversations

Have recommended this podcast to so many people for so many reasons! Not only do the speakers tell their stories with such honestly (and at times great humour!), but the interviews/conversations with ‘celebs’ uncover powerful life lessons that we all need reminding of. Credit to the ‘interviewer’, Alice Driver, who manages to ask really enabling questions at just the right time and with great empathy.

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