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:

Carols by Candlelight

Reading Minster

7 December 2017

Launchpad’s annual carol service celebrates it’s tenth year this 7 December. A wonderful way to start the festive season, Special guest readers, music from Reading Bach Choir, the winners of the Launchpad Primary School Choir Competition and Launchpad Patron, Danyl Johnson.

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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 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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October News

Find out what’s going on, on World Homeless Day in Reading. Thames Lido’s support of Launchpad with their Swim and Eat soft launch promotion, how our support staff help people and LeasePlan’s wonderful donation of two vans.

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CEO blog October

Little things are sometimes the start of bigger things. Two of our clients, Abbie* and Jude* have just received the first certificates in their lives. They were awarded the National Indoor Climbing Certificate Level One. Why is this important? It is about being involved, doing something positive with your time and starting on a path of personal growth and development.

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Launchpad Pancake Race

Thank you to everyone who took part, sponsored, spectated and volunteered at the Pancake Race. An eggscellent £4,200 was raised. Solicitors Field Seymour Parkes won an eggciting final against MFG and Davis Tate. Calcot Services for Children raised over £500 and yet again were deserving winners of the Team Spirit Award.

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