Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Housing with support

We house 116 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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Did you know?

47 is the life expectancy of a rough sleeper. What else don't you know about homelessness?

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Carols by Candlelight

Our annual carol service held in the beautiful surroundings of Reading Minster, St Mary's Butts

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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

8 December 2016

Join the congregation of Launchpad staff, clients and volunteers for our ninth annual carol service. Patron Lord Carnarvon, former RFC Captain Ady Williams and Lady Stevenson will be taking part in the service.

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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 Steven

From age 10 he was smoking cannabis. Aged 18 he first went to prison. He has two children and has missed out on a lot of their lives.

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december-newsletter

December News

We know it’s easy to judge, but there is a real person behind everyone who is homeless. Join us at Carols by Candlelight and help us prevent homelessness in Reading.

And read about the Green Park Sleep Out and all the brilliant festive support we’re receiving.

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CEO blog December

People are capable of the most amazing things. Ted* suffered from appalling abuse in his early teens. He became an alcoholic and lived on the streets. He has now been at Launchpad for over two years and has grown and developed. He now volunteers for a number of local charities. He has joined a foreign languages course and thoroughly enjoys learning a new language.

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World Homeless Day

Our World Homeless Day 2016 campaign included assemblies and presentations at local schools and businesses. Social media followers told us ‘what they wanted to be when they grew up’… no one wanted to be homeless. And local supporters donated their #firstfiver – part of a national initiative to do something good with your first new £5.

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