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

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.

  • 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

Achievements in the last year have been as follows:
  • 35% of residents settle into independent living with jobs
  • 40% of residents settle into independent living, on benefits and may be looking for a job
  • 25% of residents move on without significant change to their wellbeing, but all will have benefited from Launchpad's support
  • 260 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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Launchpad has 2 houses - one in Speke, Liverpool and one in the Byker Estate in Newcastle Upon Tyne


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New Manager for Avondale House

Launchpad recognised for award by Prime Minister


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Rough Sleep Appeal

The latest appeal is one which other generous veterans have established called "Rough Sleep". Rough Sleep took place place on 3 February in Lincoln, Chester, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Birmingham, Colchester and York. You can find out more about it on "Fill Your Boots" on Facebook. Launchpad very much appreciates peoples' support for the charity and will ensure the money helps veterans in need. Your 'Rough Sleep' will have a profound effect! Thank you.

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