Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Housing with support

We house 100 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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Carols by Candlelight

Our annual carol service was incredible last 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

At Launchpad, we strive to prevent homelessness in Reading by helping some of the town’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

By providing homes, tailored support programmes and a drop-in centre, we aim to get our clients back on track, help them rebuild their lives and ultimately ensure that everyone has a home where they feel safe and secure.

With your support, we help over 1,200 people across all of our services every year.

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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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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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February News

Read our latest news and upcoming events: Find out about our latest award win, how we helped during the recent cold nights and meet a valued member of our team who shares his memorable client moments. Also how you can get involved in skydiving, gardening and pancake flipping!

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CEO blog February

Ian Caren talks about the cruelty of Universal Credit and shares a story about how Launchpad’s solicitor helped a mother and daughter from being illegally evicted.

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Launchpad Pancake Race

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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