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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Pancake Race

An eggstraordinary event on that has been run on Broad Street for over 20 years on Tuesday 13 February

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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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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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December News

What’s on in December in support of Launchpad at the After Dark Club, Coppa Club, and Nibsy’s.

Fundraising events and concerts organised by High Voltage Singers Reading Accordion Group, South Chiltern Choral Society and Reading Yoga.

Look out for us in Waitrose Caversham and at Reading Station bucket collecting with Christmas choirs.

Four vital ways to help prevent homelessness in Reading this winter.

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CEO blog

We have successfully moved two of our clients in their 50s into sheltered housing.

How do people in their 50s and 60s end up in Launchpad accommodation?

Owen*, 58 years old, had been living in rented accommodation for a number of years. He complained about an increasing amount of mould in his flat. His landlord’s response was to terminate his tenancy.

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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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