Preventing homelessness in Reading

Carols by Candlelight

Join us at the Reading Minster on Thursday 5 December to mark the start of the festive season in a truly special way - and raise vital funds for Launchpad.

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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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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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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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Our next event:

Carols by Candlelight

Reading Minster

5 December 2019

Join us at the Reading Minster on Thursday 5 December to mark the start of the festive season in a truly special way – and raise vital funds for Launchpad.

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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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“More rain, heavier this time. It sounds very loudly in my ear as it falls on the tarpaulin which I’ve pulled over my head.”

Big Sleep Out participant, Michele, gives an honest account of a night spent sleeping in the grounds of Reading Abbey Ruins last month. 

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CEO blog October

This month Ian talks about a client who slept in a bus shelter because she had nowhere else to go and recommends an Oscar-winning film.

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Carols by Candlelight

Join us at the Reading Minster on Thursday 5 December to mark the start of the festive season in a truly special way – and raise vital funds for Launchpad.

Read more >