For most veterans, the transition on leaving the armed forces and returning back to civilian life will be smooth but, those few who can’t resettle are faced with challenges such as homelessness, poverty, health issues, addictions, broken families and unemployment.
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.