Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Housing with support

We house 140 people and with individual, professional support we help them to get their lives back on track

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Preventing homelessness

Floating Support is the national name for our service that helps prevent homelessness in Reading. Over a year we help over 400 vulnerable people.

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Drop-in

Available to anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessness-related advice. Last year we provided advice to more than 700 people.

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Begging

Begging and rough sleeping aren’t the same. The majority of people in Reading who beg aren't homeless. Please don’t give money direct to those begging in the town

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Reading Half

We have 70 runners in the Reading Half Marathon, cheer them on in their bright orange vests! If you’d like to run 10K for Launchpad we’re the official charity for the Green Park Royal Berks 10 on Sunday 20 May.

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Opening Doors, Changing Lives

There are many faces of homelessness from rough sleepers to families crammed in temporary poor quality B&Bs or individuals relying on a friend’s floor or sofa. They are all without a home of their own. Some people are easy to help; others are very hard to help. Behind every individual there’s a hidden story. Last year we helped over 1,200 people across all of our services.

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Behind our brightly coloured doors

Our next event:

Reading Half Marathon

18 March 2018

We have 70 runners in the Reading Half Marathon, cheer them on in their bright orange vests! Or if you’d like to run 10K for Launchpad we’re the official charity for the Green Park Royal Berks 10K on Sunday 20 May

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Are you at risk of being homeless, sleeping rough or worried about someone?

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Three ways you can help

Donate. We need your donations. We can’t prevent homelessness in Reading without your support.

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Join in: Run your own fundraising event; get involved in the Big Sleep Out and the Broad Street Pancake Race; run a marathon or sky dive; volunteer. We rely on the incredible generosity of local people, companies and groups.

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Raise awareness. Behind every homeless person is a hidden story. Find out about all the different faces of homelessness and help raise awareness.

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Meet Sarah

Sarah says she had a ‘normal’ upbringing (quickly adding ‘whatever normal is!’). She and her sister lived in a three bedroom house in Reading with her parents. She went to school and went on lovely family holidays.

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February News

Read about how our clients support each other, all the news from our annual pancake race, Tanith is cutting off her dreadlocks and fundraising for Launchpad and all the wonderful varied support we’ve received already this year.

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CEO blog January

Launchpad will be opening two refurbished flats on Monday 29th January 2018. For us it is a big step forward, in some ways positive as we can supply a home to two families and also sad, that we as a country do not provide enough decent affordable accommodation for families.

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Launchpad Pancake Race

Thank you to everyone who took part, volunteered and supported our flipping wet and cold Pancake Race on Shrove Tuesday 13 February. Well done to Winners Blandy & Blandy LLP, runners-up Red King Resourcing and third place John Lewis. Best Fancy Dress went to Buzz Gym Reading and Team Spirit Award went to Thames Valley Police

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