Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Housing with support

We house 140 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 700 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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Green Park Royal Berks 10K

If you’d like to run 10K for Launchpad we’re the official charity for the Green Park Royal Berks 10K on Sunday 20 May.

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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:

Green Park Royal Berks 10K

20 May 2018

If you’d like to run 10K for Launchpad we’re the official charity for the Green Park Royal Berks 10K on Sunday 20 May

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

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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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April News

Registration is now open for our Big Sleep Out 2018 on Friday 31 August. Our 93 wonderfully creative Reading Half Marathon runners raising over £12,000. We have frogspawn and epic endurance challenges in support of Launchpad by Crowe Clark Whitehill and Deloitte.

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CEO blog April

It is difficult to see people on the streets, seeing the same person day after day and wondering why doesn’t someone do something. It is difficult to hear life stories from the people living on the streets and wondering why isn’t someone doing something! It is important to understand that the key to change is the person on the street

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Launchpad Pancake Race

Thank you to everyone who took part, volunteered and supported our flipping wet and cold Pancake Race on Shrove Tuesday 13 February. Well done to Winners Blandy & Blandy LLP, runners-up Red King Resourcing and third place John Lewis. Best Fancy Dress went to Buzz Gym Reading and Team Spirit Award went to Thames Valley Police

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