Preventing homelessness in Reading

Coronavirus and Launchpad

Launchpad is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - and we are making the necessary changes to our work and services to protect clients, staff, volunteers, stakeholders and the community.

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Skills centre appeal

In celebration of Launchpad’s 40th birthday, we’re asking Reading’s community to help us raise £80,000 so we can open a centre for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to learn new skills, build confidence and get back into work.

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Preventing homelessness

Our drop-in, legal advice and floating support services help people overcome housing-related challenges before they get worse.

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Providing homes

We aim to break the cycle of homelessness by providing temporary homes with bespoke support for 100 people.

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Rebuilding lives

We rebuild lives with a range of therapeutic activities, and support with education, training and employment.

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Preventing homelessness in Reading

Launchpad is Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, providing vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have a stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home.

With your support and generosity we helped over 1,400 people in Reading to get back on their feet in 2018/19, a figure which has doubled in just four years.

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Need help?

If you are homeless or at risk of being homeless, we can help you turn things around.

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Three ways you can help

Donate

Your kind donations, whether monthly or one-off, help us continue our vital work to prevent homelessness in Reading.

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Get involved

Get involved by fundraising at work, school or in your community group; take part in one of our events; or try volunteering.

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Spread the word 

If you know someone who needs housing or homelessness-related information and support, tell them about our drop-in service.

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Meet Sarah

Sarah says she had a ‘normal’ upbringing (quickly adding ‘whatever normal is!’). She and her sister lived in a three bedroom house in Reading with her parents. She went to school and went on lovely family holidays.

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Over £6,000 raised for work and life skills centre at Launchpad’s Pancake Race

A total of £6,115 and counting has been raised at our annual Pancake Race, which saw 37 teams batter it out on Broad Street on Shrove Tuesday and solicitors Blandy & Blandy take home the coveted frying pan trophy.

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CEO blog March

This month Ian talks about Launchpad and Coronavirus, and the fundraising effort for the refurbishment of the work and life skills centre.

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Run for Launchpad

We are the official charity partner of the 2020 Green Park Reading 10K and we have a team running in the Reading Half Marathon, with free places up for grabs.

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