The Resilience Sessions

The Resilience Sessions is a podcast series featuring compelling in-depth interviews which bring to light life-changing and affirming experiences of veterans who have suffered devastating injuries and the unknown personal struggles of celebrity guests who have fought to overcome hardship, including mental health difficulties, disability, devastating injury and bereavement.

We have already helped over 50,000 young people and first responders through the Making Generation R campaign and have seen first-hand the positive impact these stories have on those who are struggling.

We hope that this podcast series will also provide moments of inspiration and strength to listeners.

Guests include: Carol Vorderman MBE & Si Harmer, Jonny Benjamin MBE & Stewart Harris, Tanni Grey-Thompson & Nerys Pearce, Michael Caines & Mark Ormrod, Vick Hope & Shaun Stocker BEM and Ray Winstone & Ken Bellringer


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Ray & Ken - Episode #006

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. 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.

Vick & Shaun - Epiosde #005

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. Both agree on the importance of talking, of sharing problems openly, and using their platforms for good.


Michael & Mark - Episode #004

Celebrity chef and hotelier Michael Caines 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 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.

Tanni & Nerys - Episode #003

Tanni and Nerys discuss their upbringings, shared Welsh roots, and their mutual love of and commitment to sport. They talk about the everyday prejudice they can experience as wheelchair users, as well as the humour and resilience they have employed to deal with this. Both talk about the need to reflect on one’s achievements, and share lessons on how anyone can make change happen.

Jonny & Stewart - Episode #002

Jonny Benjamin and Stewart Harris share their stories and experiences of mental health, up to and beyond the moments that both men tried to end their own lives. They share the many things they are grateful for, celebrate each other’s achievements, and swap some practical tips on how to build resilience and develop mental wellbeing.

Carol & Si - Episode #001

Carol Vorderman and Si Harmer discuss their struggles, motivations and how they have found resilience in their own lives. They talk about the importance of gratitude and positivity, how to navigate the complex world of social media, and reflect on how their children bring richness to their lives.

The Making of The Resilience Sessions

Watch the video below to see all that's coming up for this podcast series.


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 Si Harmer and Alice Driver, the host. The Resilience Sessions are supported by Openreach and produced by The Drive Project. 

Help & Support

If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in our podcasts, you can find details of organisations  that offer advice and support here

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Team Credits

Team Credits:

Alice Driver - Host, Emily Shaw - Producer, Ben Weaver-Hincks - Associate Producer, Sarah Mayo - Head of Marketing, Emily Withers - Acting Head of Marketing, Jacob Perlmutter - Videographer, Manon Ouimet - Photographer, Dmitry Tolmachev - Video-editor, Neil Cowling and Annie Day for Fresh Air Production - Podcast Production, James Barton - PR Director - 2B Communications, Steve Wildish - Graphic Designer

With thanks to:

Barry Le Grys MBE, Ian Waller, Lorna Dorrell, Nick Tuck, Jess Mackinnon, Danny Buckland, Richard Brophy, Iain Walters, Robyn Greenacre, Christopher Wellbelove, Richard Knowles, Gemma Thompson, Mark Arscott, Andy Mihalop, Sharon Maloney, The team at Facebook, Kate Beales, Hannah Whittingham