Launchpad exists to provide accommodation and other support, with the expertise of specialist providers, so these unfortunate veterans can stabilise their lives and make a successful transition from military to civilian life.
For some, Launchpad may be a brief stepping-stone, giving them time to adjust quickly, for example those who have just left the armed forces but have left resettlement plans late, or are briefly in transit from one job to another or one location to another.
However, 80% of residents who come to us were homeless immediately before arrival and some come through release from prison. Many of the residents have mental health issues, ranging from anxiety to service and non-service-related PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Some need help with addictions to alcohol and drugs. Others have found themselves homeless because of relationship and family breakdowns or not being able to secure paid employment.
Our veterans may have served in the armed forces for a period ranging from a few days to 20+ years.
The veterans come from all the services (RN, RM, Army and RAF), their ages range from 18 upwards and they can be of any faith, gender or race. We welcome diversity and are not discriminatory.