Preventing homelessness in Reading

Pancake Race

Do you work for a business local to Reading? Don't miss out on your chance to batter it out in Launchpad's annual Pancake Race! Join us on Broad Street and raise vital funds to help open Reading's first work and life skills centre.

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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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Our next event:

Pancake Race

Broad Street, Reading

25 February 2020

Our next event is the Launchpad Pancake Race, Shrove Tuesday 25 February 2020. Teams from local businesses batter it out to win the coveted frying pan trophy at this eggstraordinary event!

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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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Launchpad calls on local community for help to raise £80,000 and open Reading’s first work and life skills centre

In celebration of the Launchpad’s 40th birthday, we are asking for the local community to help raise £80,000 to open Reading’s first work and life skills centre – so vulnerable people can leave homelessness behind for good.

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CEO blog January

This month Ian talks about a woman in her 50s who was on the streets over Christmas and how your support gave a family in turmoil a little bit of festive cheer.

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Pancake Race

Our next event is the Launchpad Pancake Race, Shrove Tuesday 25 February 2020. Teams from local businesses batter it out to win the coveted frying pan trophy at this eggstraordinary event!

Read more >