Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Preventing homelessness in Reading

Floating Support is the nationally recognised name for a preventing homelessness service. Our Floating Support service helps people with a range of housing-related challenges. Single parents, families, couples and single people can all get support.

We help families, single parents, couples and individuals who don’t live in our accommodation with setting up benefits and utilities when moving into a privately rented property, help where there are hoarding issues or where someone is at risk of exploitation or a victim of domestic violence and support with numeracy and or literacy. Support will last from six week to six months and we’ll be helping around 100 people at anyone time and longer term if required. Last year we helped over 400 people.

Our Floating Support focuses on helping people to achieve stability, gain skills, tools and confidence and to understand the process they need to go through to break out of difficult situations.

Our help comes via a referral by Reading Borough Council Housing, Probation or a social worker. If you think this service might be for you, come along to our Drop-In and we can help you to get referred.

Download our Floating Support leaflet for more information here >

Preventing homelessness

Who we’ve helped

Sophie* moved into her mum’s home with her two young children to care for her mum when she was dying of cancer. When her mum died she was evicted and ended up in emergency B&B accommodation for two years, with her five and seven year olds. She was bringing them up brilliantly in the face of adversity; the three of them lived in one room with no bath, cooker or garden.

Sophie was referred to Launchpad and her Support Worker Carrie helped Sophie to find more suitable accommodation. Eventually she and her children moved into a two bedroom flat with a garden.

* To help protect the privacy of those we help names have been changed