In March 2014 Launchpad featured on the Community Channel’s ‘Brilliant Britain’ series, in an episode celebrating all that is great about Reading.
We’ve been lucky enough to receive a Big Lottery grant to fund two acting projects. One of these projects saw our clients performing in the middle of Broad Street in Reading before taking their production to London, where they performed in Covent Garden.
Taking part in acting projects helps our clients gain confidence. Performing publicly allows them to achieve something they never thought they were capable of.
The second acting project was a film starring Launchpad clients, directed and written by Tim Bunn and Joe Patrick. Feedback from the clients who took part included: ‘brilliant I’m glad you persuaded me to go and be involved’ and ‘I really enjoyed the day.’ Ian Caren, Launchpad CEO, reflecting on the film, said ‘sometimes life lets you see something special. On Thursday afternoon I watched, through a set of doors, twenty or so of my clients take part in event unlike anything else they had done in their lives.
I watched people who normally feel they can do nothing, get up and clap and cheer on film, take after take, and people who don’t speak or socialise talk to complete strangers.
I watched a film crew and actors take the time to reach out to people they didn’t know, to give a piece of themselves, to imprint on my clients lives, a day they will never forget for as long as they live.’
To mark our 30th anniversary when we were known as Reading Single Homeless Project, animator Daniella Orsini created a stop-motion animation to share the stories of people we’ve helped.
Are you at risk of being homeless, sleeping rough or worried about someone?