Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Housing with support

We house 145 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

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Drop-in

Available to anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessness-related advice

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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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World Homeless Day

Tuesday 10th October every year, an international day to raise awareness and encourage local communities to help those who are homeless.

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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.

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Behind our brightly coloured doors

Our next event:

World Homeless Day

10 October 2017

Tuesday 10th October every year, an international day to raise awareness and encourage local communities to help those who are homeless. Share with us what home means to you, give up your lunch money just for one day or the old style £1 coin goes out of circulation soon why not donate them to Launchpad!

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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 Daniel

I’m from a small family from a nice part of Reading with just an older brother. I went to a good local primary school, I loved sport and playtime, but in the classroom I felt different to the other children.

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September News

The most successful Big Sleep Out event to date, over £37,000 raised with donations still coming in!

The launch of our Primary School Choir Competition with Reading Bach Choir and Danyl Johnson. What’s going on in support of Launchpad in September. And we need you to say yes!

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CEO blog September

Begging and being street homeless are completely different things. Begging is normally about drug addiction whilst street homelessness is about despair and loss. Despair in the position the person is in and loss in terms of the lack of support the person has.

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Big Sleep Out 2017

‘The ground is hard and people are warm’, said Tim who slept out on Friday 1 September. Over 120 people slept out to raise awareness and fundraise. It was the most successful Big Sleep Out ever, over £37,000 raised and still counting! Thank you to all who took part, volunteered and supported those taking part.

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