WHAT IS LAUNCHPAD
Launchpad is a veterans' charity registered with the Charity Commission (AF&V Launchpad Limited No. 1153185).

WHO DOES LAUNCHPAD SUPPORT?
80-90% of veterans who become residents with Launchpad come from a homeless background and 100% suffer from one or more of these challenges:
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Broken families
  • Mental or physical illness or injury (about 6% are formally diagnosed with PTSD)
  • Alcohol or drug over-use
  • Other welfare issues
  • Some of the veterans have come straight from prison
  • A few have just left resettlement plans late on leaving the Army, or are briefly in transit from one job to another or one location to another
  • Veterans may have served a few days or weeks to 20+ years in any of the armed forces
  • Their ages range from 18 upwards and can be of any faith, gender, race and so on.

We strive to reduce homelessness.

WHAT DO WE DO TO SUPPORT VETERANS?
  • Launchpad provides veterans with accommodation (their own refurbished, one-bedroom flat) and communal facilities, for which they pay rent, either using housing benefit or income or savings, for up to two years.
  • Working with other organisations (see them by clicking here), Launchpad provides support to those veterans to acquire jobs, via some training if necessary, and permanent housing. The charity provides confidence-boosting, character-building and social development activities, working with other partners, to aid their transition and integration into civilian communities.
  • Launchpad aims to get its veterans into employment and permanent housing, and contributing to society within two years.

Working together, we support veterans as they plan a successful transition to independent living

WHAT ARE OUR ACHIEVEMENTS?
Achievements in the last year have been as follows:
  • 48% of residents settle into independent living with jobs
  • 70% of residents settle into independent living, on benefits and may be looking for a job
  • 20-30% of residents move on without significant change to their wellbeing, but all will have benefited from Launchpad's support
  • 385 residents have benefited from Launchpad's services
  • Launchpad won the “Working Together” award in the national “Soldiering On Awards”
  • Point of Light winners 664 and 665  here
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Where we work

Launchpad has two houses - one in Speke, Liverpool and one in the Byker Wall Estate in Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Helping veterans overcome challenges when leaving service

We provide accommodation and support to veterans to help them transition from military to civilian life.

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Author: Craig Downs

Community choir organises concert to raise funds for Launchpad

Sing United are a community choir based in Newcastle upon Tyne. They are organising a special 'Lest We Forget' concert on Sunday 10th November at 6pm. All money raised at the concert will be donated to Launchpad's Avondale House.

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Author: Craig Downs

RAF grant helps veterans to secure employment

Launchpad received a grant for £7,500 from the RAF Benevolent Fund, which contributed towards the costs of providing care for RAF veterans living at Avondale House.

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Author: David Shaw

New veterans garden unveiled thanks to makeover from volunteers

The garden within the courtyard at Avondale House has received a makeover thanks to the magnificent efforts of volunteers from our partner organisations. What a transformation!

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Author: David Shaw

MBDA supports Launchpad’s veterans

Thank you to MBDA UK who has donated a £4,000 grant towards the costs of supporting one of Launchpad’s residencies.

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Author: David Shaw

Putting a smile on our veterans’ faces with Amazon Smile

You can now donate to Launchpad every time you shop online at Amazon Smile!

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Author: Craig Downs

New manager for Avondale House

Phil Thompson has been appointed as the new manager of Avondale House in Newcastle. He gave 31 years’ service in The British Army.

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Author: David Shaw

Help our Veterans (This is not the NHSBSA appeal)

Help us help veterans who are in need! The picture supporting this appeal is of a Launchpad resident, Shaun, and you can read his unique story elsewhere; unique it may be, but typical of the people Launchpad's WONDERFUL staff support. Please help by making a donations - go to the donate page.

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Target amount: £10,000.00

Amount raised: £1,264.00

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