Preventing Homelessness in Reading

CEO blog January


Launchpad will be opening two refurbished flats on Monday 29th January 2018. For us it is a big step forward, in some ways positive as we can supply a home to two families and also sad, that we as a country do not provide enough decent affordable accommodation for families. The flats are not short term accommodation but long term, so families will be able to grow and develop and know that their children can go to one school rather than go to a different school every other year because they are forced to move because of short term tenancies. Launchpad will also begin work renovating a small private house in the next couple of months. We will renovate it at no cost to the owner and he will give us a six year rent free period. We will move a family from Bed & Breakfast into the house which will give them a far better home and surroundings. At the end of six years we will return the house to the owner redecorated and ready for occupation. If you have a house to spare please drop me a line!

Two of our clients are being mentored by the Real Business Club and are trying to set up their own business. One of them is looking at hair braiding with the other one looking at upholstery. Good luck to them both.

Film of the month

Rogue One. Part of the Star Wars franchise and I wasn’t sure whether I would watch it. However I was fascinated by film with this group of people desperately fighting against overwhelming force, the Empire. In the film all the heroes are killed, never knowing whether they have succeeded in their mission or not. I found it uplifting, and wondered about the many people in the world who are struggling for freedom, such as the students in Iran, who will never know whether they will succeed or not in their fight for freedom.

Book of the Month

The Dry by Jane Harper, wonderful who done it about a man returning for a funeral in a small town in the outback of Australia, things are not how they seem, great fun.

TV of the month

The wrong trousers, Wallace and Gromit`s best cartoon, with the evil penguin and an unforgettable train scene, me and my 5 year old granddaughter loved it!