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

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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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Pancake Race

An eggstraordinary Shrove Tuesday event every year on Broad Street. Join in on 13 February 2018.

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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:

Launchpad Pancake Race

Broad Street, Reading

13 February 2018

An eggstraordinary event that has been run on Broad Street for over 20 years. Teams from local businesses batter it out, egged on by cheering crowds.

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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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Christmas News

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for the people we support. In the past we’ve organised a Christmas Day lunch but less than ten people would come along. For the last couple of years we’ve had a Grotto open for a week and people can pop in, no pressure, pick up a present and chat.

Find out more in Christmas News along with how we helped Rob* and Blue Coat School sleep out.

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CEO blog Christmas

There are few things more beautiful than hearing a school choir, I was fortunate to hear St Teresa’s Catholic Academy sing three beautiful hymns at Carols by Candlelight. My favourite has to be Silent Night with St Teresa’s, the Bach choir and Danyl Johnson singing, it was truly beautiful.

Thank you to all those who attended and the tremendous support you have given Launchpad this year.

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Carols by Candlelight

A congregation of 600 supporters, volunteers, patrons, clients and staff enjoyed Launchpad’s tenth Carols by Candlelight service on Thursday 7 December, raising a staggering £11,313.61.

The highlight of the evening was the absolutely magical rendition of Silent Night performed by the winners of the Primary School Competition St Teresa’s Catholic Academy, Danyl Johnson and Reading Bach Choir.

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