Preventing Homelessness in Reading

CEO Blog May

The numbers coming into the Launchpad Drop-in continue to increase. One of them Peter* was about to be evicted, he had large rent arrears and was unemployed. He had lost his job before Christmas, had never been unemployed so didn’t understand the benefits system. He was desperate not to lose his accommodation so had come to us as a last resort. The volunteers at the Drop-in helped him sort out his benefits and enabled him to pay off some of his rent arrears. Now secure in his home he is back at work.

An elderly woman Janet*, was seen by our Floating Support Team. She had significant mobility problems and felt trapped in her fourth floor flat. Her literacy level was poor and Janet said she had real difficulties filling in forms. A Floating Support team member helped her with her forms and supported her application. Janet has just received notification that she has been offered a ground floor flat, great news!

*names changed to protect the people we help

Movies of the month

Annihilation. An interesting and challenging sci-fi film. A biologist and former soldier joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X – a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

The Maze. A hugely controversial film about the escape of 38 IRA prisoners in 1983. The film appears to either be loved or hated for political or religious reasons. I found it terrifying to see a world so wrapped in hatred and bigotry.

Website of the month

Award winning blog showing the collapse of justice in England and Wales >