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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Carols by Candlelight

Launchpad’s annual carol service celebrates it’s tenth year in Reading Minster on Thursday 7 December

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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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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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November News

It’s our 38th birthday on Sunday. From soup kitchen to now.

Haslams Estate Agents raised £100,000 for Launchpad at their fundraising ball – the amazing amount of money will go towards The Gardens project where we’re building five one bedroom houses.

Carols by Candlelight tickets are now on sale and meet Gloria.

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CEO blog November

Haslams Ball. To quote another scouser Paul McCartney “maybe I’m amazed”.

I’m amazed at the fantastic support from the people of Reading and Berkshire. On Friday night the Haslams Ball in support of Launchpad raised £100k, unbelievable. The money will be used to build houses for the vulnerable single homeless people of Reading. Steve Woodford was incredible in his ability to organise and galvanise people for this event on behalf of Launchpad.     

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World Homeless Day

Tuesday 10 October, an international day to raise awareness of homelessness locally.

The Reading community came together brilliantly, there were four corporate sleep outs, a town takeover and support from community groups and schools.

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