Preventing homelessness in Reading

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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Begging

Begging and rough sleeping aren’t necessarily the same, and the majority of people begging in Reading aren’t actually street homeless.

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Big Sleep Out 2019

Sign up for Big Sleep Out 2019 - being held on World Homeless Day at Reading Abbey Ruins.

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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, 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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Our next event:

Big Sleep Out

10 October 2019

Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out is a fundraising challenge where people swap the luxury of a home and a comfortable bed for a cardboard box and a sleeping bag, and sleep under the stars for the night – all to raise vital funds for Launchpad. And this year’s Big Sleep Out is set to be bigger and better than ever!

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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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Volunteers’ Week: Launchpad volunteers give over 7,200 hours of their time to help prevent homeless

It’s Volunteers’ Week and we are celebrating Launchpad’s dedicated, talented and hardworking team of volunteers – who have a multitude of different skills and experience, and collectively gave an impressive 7,207 hours of their time last year to prevent homelessness in Reading.

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CEO blog May

This month we’ve started looking into expanding our education, training and employment (ETE) function, we helped a man who faced homelessness when his benefits were wrongfully refused and my book recommendations include a story of the Han period in Chinese history.

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Big Sleep Out

Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out is a fundraising challenge where people swap the luxury of a home and a comfortable bed for a cardboard box and a sleeping bag, and sleep under the stars for the night – all to raise vital funds for Launchpad. And this year’s Big Sleep Out is set to be bigger and better than ever!

Read more >