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

Read more >

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.

Read more >

Drop-in

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

Read more >

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

Read more >

Carols by Candlelight

Our annual carol service, a festive way to start the Christmas season, Thursday 6th December 2018 Reading Minster

Read more >

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.

Read more >

Behind our brightly coloured doors

Our next event:

Carols by Candlelight

Reading Minster

6 December 2018

Launchpad’s annual carol service, a festive way to start the Christmas season. Music from Reading Bach Choir, winners of the Launchpad Primary School Choir Competition and our Patron Danyl Johnson, last year their collaboration was the highlight of the service.

Read more >

Launchpad on Twitter

Sign up to our newsletter

Email Format

Need help?

Are you at risk of being homeless, sleeping rough or worried about someone?

Find out how to get help > Find out more >

Three ways you can help

Donate. We need your donations. We can’t prevent homelessness in Reading without your support.

Learn more >

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.

Learn more >

Raise awareness. Behind every homeless person is a hidden story. Find out about all the different faces of homelessness and help raise awareness.

Learn more >

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.

Read more >

November News

“I didn’t feel you let go of me once” Launchpad’s preventing homelessness service.

How to help this winter and The Oratory School and Microsoft sleep out. And of course Launchpad’s Carols by Candlelight event.

Read more >

CEO blog November

As our population gets older, their children often end up looking after their parents or parent in this case.

Freddie* is 41 years old. For the last 10 years he has looked after his dad. Sadly his father died six month ago and after the funeral their house was repossessed.

Read more >

World Homeless Day

World Homeless Day 10 October 2018, we raised awareness with other charities: Faith, CIRDIC, St Mungo’s and The Salvation Army of the support available in the town for people who are homeless and vulnerable to homelessness. Supporters visited the charity to see what we do first-hand and Romans Group and Green Park fundraised and slept out for the night.

Read more >