News Launchpad Receives a Veterans' Foundation Grant Launchpad has received a £5K grant from the Veterans' Foundation, which provides funds to charities that assist service people, especially veterans in need. The money granted to Launchpad will go toward the day-to-day running costs of Launchpad's houses in Newcastle and Liverpool, including the maintenance of communal facilities, in order to support our veterans. The Veterans’ Foundation raises its funds via donations and a lottery, the Veterans’ Lottery, which was created in Summer 2016 as a long-term means of funding to support servicemen and women in need.Each month, thousands of hopeful people take part in the lottery to try their luck at winning the cash prizes. Every contributor participates in the knowledge that their involvement will also make a difference to various military charities across the country that benefit from Veterans’ Foundation grants. The decision to award the grant to Launchpad was made by the Veterans’ Foundation trustees, who govern the allocation of funds raised via the Veterans’ Lottery. The Veterans’ Foundation raises funds through donations and its charitable ‘Veterans’ Lottery’. Founded in 2016, the Veterans’ Foundation aims to raise funds for charities and charitable activities benefiting both serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their dependants who are in need. In addition to its grant to Launchpad, the foundation also announced funding through proceeds from the Veterans’ Lottery to Combat Stress, a leading veterans’ mental health charity. It has also given money to Scotty's Little Soldiers, Forward Assist, Bravehound, the Dundee Therapy Garden and Firstlight Trust, among others. Last July, the Veterans’ Foundation provided a grant to fifteen veterans to take part in a cycling expedition in Pyrenees overseen by 65 Degrees North – a charity helping in the rehabilitation of wounded or damaged ex-servicemen and women. Peter Mountford, Chair of the Veterans’ Foundation trustees, said: “We are delighted to give Launchpad a grant to help it in its terrific and unique work to support veterans. “95% of the veterans at Launchpad come from a homeless background and have complex issues. The charity works to help them live independently within 2 years of arrival.” Launchpad at Avondale House, Newcastle, welcomed partner organisations at an Open Day in April. Since launching in August 2013, Launchpad has seen 235 veterans resident at our houses in Newcastle and Liverpool. After their time at Launchpad, 40% would stabilise their lives and find regular employment while another 40% would move on to live independently. All Launchpad veterans have received benefits and financial advice and 95% have received training to increase employability via charities including Finchale College, Durham. Chair of Launchpad Trustees, Nick Tubbs, said: “We are delighted to be given the grant which will significantly help with the projects in both Liverpool and Newcastle. “The issues our residents face can be quite complex but by working with partners and offering the right support, Launchpad is able to assist in the integration of many veterans into civilian life. “The work starts with providing veterans with a safe place to call home, from there we are able to offer the help and assistance each veteran requires.” For more information on the Veterans’ Foundation and to find out how you can help, visit www.veteransfoundation.org.uk. Click here to take part in the Veterans’ Lottery to make a difference to the lives of our servicemen and women.