Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Housing with support

We house 105 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. Over a year we help over 400 vulnerable people.

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Available to anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessness-related advice. Last year we provided advice to more than 600 people.

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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

Our annual carol service was incredible this year, a sell out and over £8,000 raised from tickets sales and donations on the night. Thank you to everyone for your support.

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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. Last year we helped over 1,200 people across all of our services.

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Behind our brightly coloured doors

Our next event:

Launchpad Pancake Race

Broad Street, Reading

5 March 2019

Our next event is the Launchpad Pancake Race, Shrove Tuesday 5 March 2019. Teams from local businesses batter it out to win the coveted frying pan trophy at this eggstraordinary event!

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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 Sarah

Sarah says she had a ‘normal’ upbringing (quickly adding ‘whatever normal is!’). She and her sister lived in a three bedroom house in Reading with her parents. She went to school and went on lovely family holidays.

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December News

Christmas at Launchpad, 90 year old Margaret’s fundraising and wonderful festive support including Haslams Giving Tree, Penta Hotel’s shoe shining, Waterstones present wrapping evening and so many gorgeous choirs singing in aid of Launchpad.

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CEO blog December

Sometimes people ask me, what does Launchpad exactly do? Most people know we house over 110 individuals and families but sometimes people don’t know we run a Drop-in and work with some of the most desperate individuals on the streets of Reading.

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Carols by Candlelight.

Launchpad’s annual carol service was a sell out this year and an incredible success, over £8,000 raised from tickets sales and donations on the night.

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