Preventing Homelessness in Reading

World Homeless Day

Just one day. World Homeless Day is Tuesday 10th October every year, an international day to raise awareness and encourage local communities to help those who are homeless.

World Homeless Day

We are lucky to have so much support from the local community for World Homeless Day. What are you up to? Need some ideas?

What home means to you

Take a photo of what home means to you and tag Launchpad on our social media with the hashtags #WHD17 #whathomemeanstome

For supporter Jim home is his wife Diane. For Fundraising Manager Jason, home is returning to his goldfish Wilson and for Launchpad client Derek*, home is his front door – he passes lots of front doors during the day but only one of them is his.

Your old £1 coins

The old style £1 coin goes out of circulation on Sunday 15 October. We’re happy to accept them in support of World Homeless Day 2017.

Give up your lunch money

Have a basic lunch instead of the usual £5 baguette and crisps. Why not provide soup for everyone instead? And donate the usual lunch money to Launchpad, just for one day.

When I grow up….dress up day

Ask everyone to come in dressed as the person or profession they want to or wanted to be when they were little. Charge your astronauts, football stars and vets for the privilege of living their dream. Nobody grows up wanting to become homeless.

Bake a house

Organise a baking competition. Cook up a tasty gingerbread house that can be sampled for a donation, helping to get people to stop and think about why everyone needs a safe place to call home.

Text donate

Text LWHD17 £10 to 70070 to donate to Launchpad Reading and make a difference on World Homeless Day.

Invite us in!

We’d love to come into your work place, community group or local school to help you tell more people about Launchpad. Email or call 0118 929 1146 to speak to Jason or Ele to find out more.

Reading’s Corporates are sleeping out

On the night of World Homeless Day the business community is getting sponsored to sleep out at their respective business parks and raise money for Launchpad. Green Park, Microsoft, Reading International Business Park and Romans Group are all sleeping out and fundraising in support of Launchpad.

Community support

We’re popping into community groups in and around Reading to highlight the work we do. Woodley Women’s Institute are holding a raffle and supporting us, Charvil Brownies will have a talk about homelessness from Ele our Fundraising Manager and Jason is giving an assembly to The Piggott School, Wargrave.

What happened on World Homeless Day 2016?

What they wanted to be when you grew up

Last year on World Homeless people shared with us on social media what they wanted to be when they grew up. Highlighting that no one grew up wanting to be homeless, and in turn life doesn’t always turn out how we expect it to. A few of our famous Twitter Followers joined in and shared with us what they wanted to be when they grew up:

  • BBC1’s Matt Allwright (and our Patron) told us he wanted to be the first platinum selling top goal scorer for Liverpool FC!
  • Melinda Messenger told us she wanted to be a teacher
  • GB rowers, including Rio gold medallists: Phelan Hill, wanted to play for Liverpool FC. Andrew Triggs Hodge still doesn’t know. John Collins wanted to be a lorry driver and Jonny Walton an astronaut

The campaign was launched with staff and volunteers sharing what they wanted to be, which ranged from The Hulk, Wolverine and a cowboy to a pilot, a vet and a Blue Peter Presenter!

Local businesses joined in too:

  • Staff at our neighbours The Shed wanted to be a waitress, an actor and a vet
  • Phil at Tamp Culture Coffee wanted to a soldier
  • Cream Design when they grew up wanted to be a weather girl, plumber and a train driver
Sophie, Steven, Geoff, Sarah and Janice

The local paper The Reading Chronicle joined in with their support all week and every day told the story of someone we’ve helped at Launchpad. Sophie, Steven, Geoff, Sarah and Janice all benefitted from Launchpad’s support helping to prevent them becoming homeless.

Launchpad Tour

We offered our first ever out of hours tour to subscribers of our monthly newsletter, which was very well received by all who attended from local businesses, community groups, charities and supporters.

A tweet by Edible Reading at the end of the day summed up Launchpad’s World Homeless Day: ‘I think @Launchpad_RDG’s Twitter feed today has been lovely, thought-provoking stuff. However hard life can be, we’re all fortunate.’