Our commitment is that future generations can learn about our military history through the personal recollections of the men and women who witnessed it first hand
The Band of Sisters Project– A 100-year history of the experiences of families living with wounded veterans
The Help for Heroes’ Band of Sisters is a fellowship network open to the close supporting family members of veterans, service personnel and those who have served alongside our armed forces who have been wounded, injured or sick during, or as a result of, their service and resulting in an ongoing need for support.
Offering advice and support both practical and emotional they care for the carers, organising get-togethers as well as respite weekends at their unique facilities. Phoenix House at Catterick Garrison offers families a place to relax, have fun and just be, with a sisterhood where shared experiences and genuine understanding make a huge difference to military families. With the Legasee recordings of current ‘sisters’ we hope that more people will reach out for the support available to them.
The inspiration for this project came from other veterans with whom we have worked in the past – veterans who had experienced injury themselves and spoke about the support they had received from their families, and how their families often suffered themselves.
Having captured the stories of veterans of many conflicts and operations, we felt that this was an important aspect of our military heritage that we needed to record, raise awareness of, and learn from.
This project could not have happened without the support of the Heritage Lottery. Thank you.
Fireworks fizzing, Wheelchairs whizzing, Bunnies bouncing– There are lots of new things happening for Ollie, Ruby and Sam.
One Hundred Jumping Beans
A collection of children’s stories supporting military families living with PTSD, injury and upheaval
As we planned this project, we learned from the library service how few books they had to support children who are living with parents physically or emotionally changed from their service careers, or who were moving schools and leaving friends because of military postings. We decided to fill this gap by producing a series of books for younger children which directly tackle these subjects.
Working with Le Catteau Primary School, author Paual Rogers and Illustrator Geraldine Sierra we ran workshops to devise plot and characters, directly addressing the needs of young children and involving them closely in the development of the books.
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Our interactive exhibition details the project and highlights a cross-section of the people we interviewed by focusing on some of their personal stories – the men and women who support those injured as a result of their military service.
Designed to be portable the exhibition has been displayed at the Catterick library part of the wider CRACCL group of libraries.
In addition we created some pop-up panels for the fellowship to use whilst serving in the community.
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The Progression of the Understanding of UK Military Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from WW1 to the Present Day, and The Role of Family in Veteran Mental Health Care
Whilst much has been studied and written about the direct impact on serving and veteran military personnel, the stories of the families of those living with PTSD offer a new angle from which to observe the wider picture. Their suffering is acute – they fight the on-going battles their partners, children and parents fight, but their perspective is unique. Sometimes a fly on the wall, sometimes at the centre of the storm, the families are able to note aspects which escape clinicians, researchers and the veterans themselves. The Band of Sisters interviewees gave new insight into the impact of military service on the families and communities of veterans. It is hoped that by adding the voices of these family members to the body of research in this area, lessons might be learned about how best to support military veterans and their families into the future.
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Who are we?
Legasee is a team of volunteer film makers, writers, designers and storytellers who are passionate about capturing our military heritage in an increasingly fast-moving consumer society.
We provide students, teachers and researchers with unique access to a hi-definition video archive of interviews with Veterans of military conflict from 1939 to the present day.
We now have the largest, freely available film archive of British military Veterans on the web and our ambition is to record many more interviews so that the legacy of bravery and sacrifice of these men and women can be learned from by future generations.
Many of our veterans have provided personal photographs which you can find on their personal pages. Furthermore, almost all of our veteran interviews have been transcribed.
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