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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Drop-in

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

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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World Homeless Day

World Homeless Day 10 October every year, an international day raising awareness and encouraging Reading to help those who are homeless.

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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:

World Homeless Day

10 October 2018

Wednesday 10 October, an international day to raise awareness of homelessness locally. What will Launchpad be doing? And some ideas for how you could get involved.

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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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September News

Homeless support in Reading is changing. There is now emergency support and No Second Night Out to ensure anyone sleeping rough for the first time is prevented from sleeping out for a second night.

Challenging September fundraising, the Big Sleep Out and it’s Remember a Charity in Your Will Week next week.

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CEO blog September

One of the issues that faces this country is our ageing population. A headline in today’s paper suggests the number of people over 85 needing care will double in the next twenty years. This surge in help for the elderly is reflected in homelessness

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Big Sleep Out 2018

95 brilliant supporters slept out on Friday 31 August, raising over £23,000! The night was a small insight into what it’s really like to sleep rough. At 7am we returned to our safe warm homes and reflected on what it would be like to sleep out night after night.

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