James Denton

Building Heroes has been a great stepping stone for me towards a career in property maintenance.

Each part of the course was expertly taught by the instructors along with helpfull tips to complete ongoing diy jobs at home on the weekends.

The best thing about Building Heroes is that it takes you away from the military environment that you seem to get on other resettlement course.

With ongoing support from the team after completion of the course and the connections they have within the building industry this has given me a platform to work on with setting up my own business.

I have and will continue to recommend Building Heroes as a must do as part of anyones resettlement

Ben Norfolk

The biggest thing would be the confidence the course gave me to push on with my move beyond the Service. Somehow during my recovery, I had lost the belief in myself & what I was capable of doing – Building Heroes helped me to regain the trust in my own abilities and move forward with a greater determination towards the next stage in my life. It was the kickstart I needed to take control & responsibility for my own future.

Nathan Blewer

I served in the army for 13 years as a Tank Commander. My career ended when I was badly injured in a road side bomb in Afghanistan. Being a Tank Commander seems pretty cool but its not much use in civilian life. I found the Building Heroes Property Maintenance course through the Band Of Brothers. It has been the best experience I have ever done. The course itself is great, and so flexible. The tutors and staff provide lots of support and encouragement. I think every veteran should come onto the Building Heroes course.

The tutors and staff provide lots of support and encouragement.

Tom Stimpson MBE

I served in the Royal Airforce for 26 years. I was medically discharged in January 2014. The Building Heroes course has brought me lots of new skills and confidence. I am hoping to go on and further my knowledge of the building trades. It’s been one of the best courses I have been on. I have learnt; Plastering Tiling, Painting and Decorating, Carpentry and hopefully I will go to self-employment with the skills I have learnt.


Sam Chapman

The Building Heroes course has been great for me. It has given me a wide range of skills and knowledge which will help me set up my own maintenance business. The course, staff and tutors have be great couldn’t ask for a better bunch of people to share this experience with.

It has given me a wide range of skills and knowledge…EVERYTHING HAS BEEN BENEFICIAL TO ME.

Thomas Al-Hammri

Thomas left the army in 2014 after serving 4 years in the 2nd Battalion York Regiment. After leaving, Thomas faced some difficult times, such as his marriage breakdown. Thomas moved into supported housing after he was left with nothing. This is where he found out about Building Heroes, which looking back now he says has changed his life.

Thomas is very grateful to everyone who has supported him and believes that:

Building Heroes has put me back on my career path, and I thank everyone for doing that.

Thomas has now graduated, and is currently working for a construction company in Middlesbrough and raising money for the charity:

I really believe in Building Heroes and I want to help make it bigger and better.

Mark ‘Lofty’ Taylor

Mark served in the army for 25 years before being medically discharged in 2013. His final operation took place in Iraq in 2004 where Mark and his fellow comrades came under sustained fire for six weeks, during this horrific time Mark unfortunately, lost a good friend. Returning from Iraq, Mark was diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, due to anger and depression. Mark openly confessed he could not be a soldier anymore, as well as the husband and father he once was. This had a dramatic impact on Mark resulting in a suicide attempt and an 8 week hospital stay.

Mark was placed with Help for Heroes for his last year in the army. Help for Heroes helped Mark decide his next steps in employment, where Mark realised the construction industry was his next career path. Mark decided to set up his own business called Hero Handy Man™. However, without qualifications or expert experience, doubts started to run through his mind. Mark was put in touch with Building Heroes. Mark is very grateful for the help he has received:

Thank you to the people who supplied the funding for Building Heroes. It has allowed me to enter back into the job market which is absolutely fantastic; I am looking forward to what the future holds.