Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Housing with support

We house 105 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 600 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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Big Sleep Out 2018

Registration is now open for this year's Big Sleep Out, where we raise money and awareness of the realities of sleeping rough.

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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:

Big Sleep Out

31 August 2018

Registration is now open for our Big Sleep Out 2018, where we raise money and awareness of the realities of sleeping rough. Every year people sign up to spend a night under the stars to try and understand what it’s like for those who are homeless

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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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August News

The countdown is on to our Big Sleep Out, 31 August through to the morning of 1 September, there’s still time to sign up. Whaam the Launchpad wall, Richard’s Transcontinental 2,500 mile 11 day bike ride, sleeping out at night and fundraising for Launchpad. Colin aged 50 and James aged 9 supporting us for their birthday’s this August and our CEO’s blog on trust.

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CEO blog August

Trust
When I joined Launchpad 12 years ago, I found a passionate and committed charity trying to help the vulnerable of Reading. I thought that I would stay for two or three years before moving on. Instead I fell in love with the charity, its ethos, its integrity and its burning desire to do the best for the community of Reading.

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Green Park Royal Berks 10K

We were one of the official charities of the 10K on Sunday 20 May. It was a beautiful sunny day and a great atmosphere.

28 runners and 20 volunteers took part raising over £6,000 to date with donations still coming in!

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