Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Our work

Getting back on a stable path. We’ve all made poor decisions, had bad luck or made mistakes. Most of the time we’re able to shrug them off and get on with life.

But it’s not always easy to get back on a stable path. That’s why Launchpad exists. We help people in Reading turn things around.

At Launchpad we provide three key services, which help to prevent homelessness and support people individually. Everyone has their own challenges, so we do what’s best for them and their situation. Support in the form of help with fundamental and complementary life skills along with a safe, clean home gives people the very best chance of success.

Homelessness is a complicated issue. It’s not just about losing a roof from over your head. It’s about losing self-esteem, confidence, structure and purpose.

We know it’s easy to judge, but there is a real person and a hidden story behind every person who needs our help.

Not everyone can draw on a stable upbringing or the support of friends and family to help overcome life’s setbacks. Drug, alcohol and mental health issues may have complicated their lives. Being jobless or losing a job and Reading’s acute lack of affordable housing also makes people vulnerable to homelessness.

Our three key services

Drop-in

Our Drop-in is available to anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessness-related advice. You could be sleeping on a friend’s sofa, not sure how to find accommodation, worried about rent, have landlord problems, need benefit advice or help with drug or alcohol misuse. Come in and we can help prevent a problem becoming a crisis.

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Preventing homelessness

Floating Support is the national name for a service that helps prevent homelessness. Launchpad supports single parents, families, couples and individuals to stay in their own homes by helping with landlord issues. We also help find appropriate housing for people stuck in unsuitable accommodation, such as families in B&Bs. We reach over 200 people with the Launchpad Floating Support service and support is for three to six.

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Housing with support

Our own clean, safe housing combined with individual, targeted support is the most effective way to get people back on track and making a positive contribution to the community. Support is usually for up to two years and we can house 145 people at any one time.

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Drop-in

Our Drop-in is available to anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessness-related advice. You could be sleeping on a friend’s sofa, not sure how to find accommodation, worried about rent, have landlord problems, need benefit advice or help with drug or alcohol misuse. Come in and we can help prevent a problem becoming a crisis.

Read more >

Housing with support

Our own clean, safe housing combined with individual, targeted support is the most effective way to get people back on track and making a positive contribution to the community. Support is usually for up to two years and we can house 145 people at any one time.

Read more >

Preventing homelessness

Floating Support is the national name for a service that helps prevent homelessness. Launchpad supports single parents, families, couples and individuals to stay in their own homes by helping with landlord issues. We also help find appropriate housing for people stuck in unsuitable accommodation, such as families in B&Bs. We reach over 200 people with the Launchpad Floating Support service and support is for three to six.

Read more >

Help with fundamental and complementary life skills

Targeted support along with a safe, clean home gives our clients the very best chance of success.

Fundamental life skills

Often our clients need professional support to overcome alcohol and drug misuse. We also help with numeracy and literacy, IT skills, searching for a job, managing mental health issues and reducing / stopping offending.

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Supporting organisations

Launchpad is really pleased to be supporting other organisations that offer advice and help to prevent homelessness in Reading: Frontline Debt Advice Drop-in Whitley and Resolve Mediation Service in Reading.

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Complementary life skills

The support we provide at Launchpad is holistic. Our activities programme includes counselling, an allotment, beekeeping and art. This may not sound like typical support, but these initiatives really help with self-esteem and confidence; invaluable traits for people moving on from Launchpad to help them cope when they reach the next bump in the road.

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If you need help

If you think you may become homeless or are worried about someone, our Drop-in gives confidential friendly advice and support with housing and homelessness issues.

Read more >

Fundamental life skills

Often our clients need professional support to overcome alcohol and drug misuse. We also help with numeracy and literacy, IT skills, searching for a job, managing mental health issues and reducing / stopping offending.

Read more >

Complementary life skills

The support we provide at Launchpad is holistic. Our activities programme includes counselling, an allotment, beekeeping and art. This may not sound like typical support, but these initiatives really help with self-esteem and confidence; invaluable traits for people moving on from Launchpad to help them cope when they reach the next bump in the road.

Read more >

Supporting organisations

Launchpad is really pleased to be supporting other organisations that offer advice and help to prevent homelessness in Reading: Frontline Debt Advice Drop-in Whitley and Resolve Mediation Service in Reading.

Read more >

If you need help

If you think you may become homeless or are worried about someone, our Drop-in gives confidential friendly advice and support with housing and homelessness issues.

Read more >