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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Big Sleep Out 2017

Friday 1 September. Get sponsored to Sleep Out for just one night, so others don’t have to.

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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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Our next event:

Big Sleep Out

1 September 2017

Our annual Big Sleep Out raises money and awareness of the realities of sleeping rough. Get sponsored to Sleep Out for just one night, so others don’t have to. Raising money and awareness during the Autumn, helping to prevent homelessness in Winter.

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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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May News

We’re fortunate as a charity and as a town that we have so many caring young people who support Launchpad and want to help people who are less fortunate than themselves. Read more about how Oscar, Lucie, Emma, Isla and Lil have fundraised for Launchpad.

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CEO blog May

Jude* slept rough in a tent away from the town centre. During the winter he was found sleeping in his tent, cold and hungry. He was referred to Launchpad and we housed him within 48 hours

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Green Park Royal Berks 10K

On a sunny Sunday 21 May our team of 18 runners including Patron Lord Carnarvon, plus 6 year old Oscar running his first race the mini mile and 9 year old Lucie running 3K, have raised over £12,000!

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