Launchpad is a day service which offers adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to develop employment, social and independent living skills within a safe and supported environment. It was set up in August 2017 and currently supports over 20 adults in both catering and horticulture. Trainees are encouraged to set their own goals, and are supported by staff and volunteers in the achievement of those goals.  
Progress and achievement are recorded in interactive 'CVs' made up of written material, photos and videos. If a trainee wishes to progress into employment, the Launchpad team will support them in every way possible, including liaising with potential employers, help to apply for a job, prepare for and attend an interview and support in starting work. 

Meet the team 

What does Carole do at Launchpad and what did she do before? 
Carole established Launchpad in August 2017 after a career in teaching young adults with additional needs at a local further education college.  
She has a wealth of experience in education for young people and adults with additional needs, in particular teaching employability and functional skills (Maths and English), catering and horticulture.  
In addition to her PGCE, she holds a Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Disabled Adults. 
Hidden talent? 
Although Rob is in charge of the kitchen, Carole is often to be found encouraging the trainees to try out new cake recipes. She makes a mean gluten free chocolate brownie, which happens to be on sale in the cafe! 
And in her spare time? 
There doesn't seem to be a lot of it - but Carole can often be found walking Maisie the dog on Exmouth Beach or Woodbury Common. She is also an avid Exeter Chiefs fan! 
What does Rob do at Launchpad and what did he do before? 
Rob is our wonderful kitchen manager and resident chef. Rob supports our students in the kitchen in all aspects – cooking, baking, washing up – if it happens in the kitchen, Rob is your man!  
Rob was also in teaching and training young people and adults with learning disabilities before he came to Launchpad. 
Hidden talent? 
Rob has a head full of interesting information about almost anything (especially food!) and is the man you want on your quiz team! 
And in his spare time? 
To be fair, Rob's spare time is taken up with his delightful children William and Iris, but if Arsenal are playing you'll find Rob watching - he's a lifelong Gunners fan! 
Esther manages our garden project, Hortic @ the Hub and is in charge of supporting our students outdoors.  
Esther is working towards making the gardens a safe environment for everyone involved (as well as ensuring that those plant beds look blooming marvellous!!) 
Hidden talent? 
Esther has musical talent and can often be found performing at various venues in Devon and beyond with The Balcony Band. 
And in her spare time? 
Mostly more music and gardening, and exploring the great outdoors. 
Cheryl is our fabulous 1:1 enabler. Cheryl supports one of our students on a 1:1 basis 2 days a week in order to ensure that they can fully access the training facilities. 
Cheryl, what is your hidden talent? 
Jam! A recently discovered but nonetheless valuable talent - Cheryl has learned to make jam at Launchpad: come and try some - it's available for sale in the cafe. 
And in her spare time? 
Pete, Aidan and Isaac keep Cheryl pretty busy a lot of the time. 
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