Staff and residents at Avondale House were hosting guests at an open day this month, when we welcomed partner organisations to our Newcastle home. This included representatives from the Byker Community Trust, Finchale, SSAFA, BLESMA, Bell Group, Mental Health Concern and Imageworks.

Open day at Avondale House on Thursday, April 6.

After our successful open day in mid-March at Speke House in Liverpool, this provided an opportunity to find out how Launchpad functions in Newcastle and discuss ways to strengthen our partnerships.

Lucy Perriam, trustee, discusses Launchpad’s achievements.

Our guests heard from Lucy Perriam, Launchpad trustee, and David Parkin, new manager of Avondale House, who described the progress and challenges faced during the day-to-day running of Launchpad.

Recognising our partner organisations for their efforts in turning Launchpad veterans’ lives around, Lucy said: “Working with other organisations, many of whom are here today, we provide the veterans, or sign-post them to, the advice and support they need. I would like to record our thanks for all your help; Launchpad cannot do the work it does without your support.”

Lee Foster, veteran, describes how Launchpad has helped him as David Parkin, manager, and Lucy Perriam, trustee, look on.

The efforts made by Launchpad in transforming lives of veterans was illustrated by Lee Foster, a veteran who most recently held the rank of Sergeant with the Army Cadet Force. Expressing gratitude to the Avondale House staff, Lee described the efforts made by the team to assist him by providing a place to live when his transition to civilian life took a difficult turn.