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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Homelessness is complicated

70% of the people we help with our housing with support service, have mental health issues

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Pancake Race

Every Shrove Tuesday in Broad Street local teams batter it out to win this eggstraordinary event

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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:

Pancake Race

Broad Street, Reading

28 February 2017

The annual Launchpad Reading pancake race is an eggstraordinary event. 36 teams from local businesses will batter it out, egged on by cheering crowds. Spectators join us on Broad St outside Waterstones from middy, racing starts at 12.30pm.

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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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February News

Street homelessness in Reading, a message from our CEO: walking through Reading town centre is a grim business at the present moment. There are lots of people begging and numerous people with sleeping bags. It is a tragedy. As someone who has worked for Launchpad for ten years it has never been this bad and it fills me with despair.

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CEO blog

We have two people starting work this week. Sophie* is aged 29 and has been with Launchpad for nearly a year now. She had a complex and unhappy family life and found herself homeless. She has used her time at Launchpad to settle herself and to try and get herself into work.

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Carols by Candlelight

A packed congregation enjoyed a wonderful festive carol service. With musical entertainment from Earley St Peter’s Primary School, Reading Bach Choir and Harriet Kirk. Plus an entertaining appeal from Launchpad Patron Matt Allwright with musical accompaniment from friend Davie McGirr.

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