Who we are

Soldier On! is a registered charity (1136567). It is also an accredited provider of the Transperformance™ life coaching and career transition programme.

MD – Diarmaid Walshe -Archaeologist and Medic

Trustee – Nicholas Harrison – Creator of Transperformance philosophy and mature part-time PhD student

Trustee – Andrew Richardson – Outreach and Archives Manager, Canterbury Archaeological Trust

Trustee – Tina Kilnan – Heritage specialist and former Investigation Manager with Royal Military Police

Trustee – Christopher Dreyfus – Former Chief Inspector (BTP) and now a Management Consultant

Ambassador – Laurence Fox – Actor

Ambassador – Dan Snow – Historian

Who we help?

We encourage participation in our projects by people in need due to reasons of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship, social isolation, or other disadvantage.  

What we do

We deliver innovative and exciting projects that build community cohesion, and assist the personal development of vulnerable, disadvantaged or socially-isolated people.

This we achieve through an intensive two-day workshop and through using the multitude of skill development opportunities that are offered through the medium of field-based archaeology projects.

Both the workshops and field-based personal development allows participants to develop skills, find a sense of belonging, make new friends,  increase their self-esteem, and discover more about who they are and what they want to get out of live, which can improve their chances of securing suitable education, training, volunteering or employment.

Why do we do this?

Everyone involved in Soldier On! has a desire to help disadvantaged people to flourish in life.  All of us have our own stories that include being homeless, growing up in care, and being carers ourselves for family members with poor mental health.  Our core motivation is to help people who are lonely, who have experience of both physical and mental trauma, who are marginalised from mainstream society or disadvantaged in any way and feel ‘stuck in a rut’, don’t see a way forward, feel powerless to make change, don’t know who they are or feel they have no reason to get up in the morning.

The technical and social aspects of field archaeology provide an academically researched environment that is suited to helping people develop their intrinsic abilities and gain new skills, to socialise within a community of people from many different backgrounds and to become more familiar with our country’s history. Due to the variety of tasks undertaken, our projects benefit people of all ages, abilities, experience, and, unlike many sporting challenges used to assist someone’s recovery, instrumental roles can be undertaken by people regardless of any health limitations.

By delivering personal development programmes, through the context of field archaeology activities, allows participants to return home with increased self-esteem, self-confidence and self-awareness.  They will have a clearer idea of their goals, and purpose in life. They will have recent work experience, from which they can demonstrate their strengths and value to future employers and a better chance of securing self-sufficiency, happiness and sense of worth.