All about Launchpad

Launchpad offers individualised learning programmes for students across the Northwest from our centres based in Wigan and Leigh. We also offer places to learn in partnerships with our extended Launchpad delivery partners in friendly and supportive environments to enable students to achieve their full potential nearer to home.

Our multi-disciplinary approach to learning makes a difference to the lives of our students. We aim to enable young adults to take responsibility for their own lives, in whichever form this takes. We encourage students to participate in exciting activities they’ve always wanted to try, realising their dreams in the safest way possible

Launchpad offers individual provision within a personalised curriculum that has strong emphasis across all 5 elements of the Preparation for Adulthood through a clearly assessed pathway framework. Launchpad also offers students the opportunity to work and learn within the community with local partnerships and employers.

Launchpad Pathways

Creative, Social Development and Inclusion

Launchpad offers a full programme of enrichment, including recreational areas to develop social interaction skills. Prior to any external or internal activities or trips, residential visits or enrichment being offered, staff carry out an accessibility & risk assessments to ensure that all learners can benefit from these activities. Reasonable adjustments will be made to allow inclusion for all. The include:

  • Residential breaks
  • Centre Based activities – DJ-ing, Music production, Bakery, Cooking, Art and crafts, Photography, Pool, Pamper Days and much more.
  • External Trips to theme parks, places of interest, sports and leisure activities, Swimming, accessible Cycling to name a few.
  • Social Events
  • Learner Lead Theme days
  • Charity Event
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Life Skills and Personal Development

Our skilled for life framework at the Launchpad Centre provides a pathway to provide our students with the skills they need to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to their community.

It also helps to build confidence, self-awareness and responsibility through interaction with others. Self-esteem, self-knowledge and preparing those young people and adults to become valued members within the community begins with one-to-one activities and small group situations.

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Employability Workskills and Placement

Our Employability and Workskills programme develops our students’ understanding of the world of work to give them an opportunity to develop specific job related skills that fit both their needs and interests.

Students are supported, not only in the classroom but on work tasters too. This includes Travel Training, TSI (Training Systematic Instruction), Supported Employer Visits and Supported Internships Transition.

Students may work towards units from our qualifications framework of over 350 qualifications’ and then move on to gain further accredited awards as a whole qualification/modular award where identified as a long term goal, sometimes backed up by carefully selected longer duration work experience placements.

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Supported Internships

Our Supported Internship programme is aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have a statement of special educational needs, a Learning Difficulty Assessment, or a EHC plan, who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.

The Launchpad curriculum is designed to provide pathways to employment and provides a clear focus on preparing students for work. We do this by identifying the skills that employer’s value, and helping young people to develop them.

Internships normally last for a year and include unpaid work placements for at least six months. We work with students and employer to explore opportunities including traineeships, apprenticeships and paid employment.

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Everyday Skills

The Launchpad team aim to assist students to participate effectively in all areas of everyday life. They work within the Launchpad team and support and train staff to facilitate student involvement in all activities that are important to the student.

These include having fun, feel-good factor and a sense of achievement in taking part in activities leads to developing new skills and putting them into use while developing positive self-esteem. It also includes physical wellbeing by increasing stamina may be achieved through taking part in an enjoyable activity such as our health walks, swimming and cookery or helping out at Club Atmosphere and social events.

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See what our Launchpad Group have been up to.

Pamper Time!

It's hairdressing time!The already-beautiful Launchpad Group are getting pampered today by special visitors from the...

Posted by Launchpadcentre on Thursday, 14 January 2016

Leigh Sports Village

The Launchpad Group have today paid their respects to celebrate the life of Tommy Sale MBE, life president of Leigh Centurions.Our thoughts are with family and friends.

Posted by Launchpadcentre on Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Christmas Special

CLUB ATMOSPHERE'S Christmas Special was a festive success last night!Thank you to all who came and supported the evening 🙂

Posted by Launchpadcentre on Friday, 18 December 2015

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Working with us

If you’re a partner interested in working with The Launchpad Centre, contact Rachael Brown on the details provided to arrange a meeting.

PA to CEO, HR and Finance

Contact name: Rachael Brown
Number: 01942 877715

New Referrals

Parents, Carers and Guardians can book an appointment to visit The Launchpad Centre by contacting Lorraine Woosey on the details below.

Learning Support Manager – SENCO

Contact name: Lorraine Woosey
Number: 01942 877715

Curriculum Queries

Want to learn more about our services? Karl Wane is on-hand to answer any curriculum-based questions on the details provided below.

Director of Operations

Contact name: Karl Wane
Number: 01942 877715


Travel Training gives young people the confidence needed to use public transport on their own. For all queries, contact Karen Brown.

Transitions & Progressions Officer

Contact name: Karen Brown
Number: 01942 877715

Bursary/ Free Meals

For bursary information, and to inquire about free school meals, contact Deborah Woods on the contact details provided below.

Data & Compliance Manager

Contact name: Deborah Woods
Number: 01942 877715


To enquire about upcoming Events, Club Atmosphere dates, Open Days and Parents’ Evenings, contact Chelsea Stanway.

Marketing Officer

Contact name: Chelsea Stanway
Number: 01942 877715

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Contact The Launchpad Group on 01942 877715 for more information or, if you have a question, fill in the contact form below.

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