Preventing homelessness in Reading


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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

18 December 2019

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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A record amount raised at Carols by Candlelight 2019

10 December 2019

A total of 700 people attended Launchpad’s sold-out annual carol service, Carols by Candlelight, at the Reading Minster on Thursday 5 December 2019 – and the event raised a record £10,800 for the homelessness prevention charity.

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How does Launchpad support clients at Christmas?

29 November 2019

Christmas can be a difficult time for our clients – whether they’re the individuals living in our supported housing or those we support in the community who are at risk of homelessness. How does Launchpad help over the festive season and what can you do to ensure we can continue supporting vulnerable people, both over the festive season and all year round?

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Find out what prospective parliamentary candidates in Reading West plan to do about the housing crisis

19 November 2019

Launchpad is hosting a housing and homelessness question and answer session with prospective parliamentary candidates in Reading – and you are invited.

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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.”

06 November 2019

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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Launchpad is a Charity of the Year finalist for Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards 2019

21 October 2019

We are excited to announce Launchpad is one of four finalists for a Thames Valley Business Magazine Award in the Charity of the Year category, – which is sponsored by James Kowper Kreston, a firm of accountants and business advisers.

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A record £60k raised at Big Sleep Out

15 October 2019

A total of 150 people took part in our Big Sleep Out at Reading Abbey Ruins on World Homeless Day (Thursday 10 October) and raised a huge £60,000 – a record fundraising total for the event.

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Brave souls take the leap for Launchpad

19 September 2019

A team of brave souls took the leap to freefall from 10,000ft in August and September and raised a huge £5,853 for Launchpad.

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Launchpad receives £2,500 as Mayor’s Charity of the Year

18 September 2019

Cllr Debs Edwards, Reading’s Mayor during 2018-19, presented cheques to her chosen charities on Tuesday 10 September – and Launchpad received almost £2,500. During her Mayoral year, Cllr Debs Edwards fundraised £9,861.82  which was equally split between her chosen charities – Launchpad Reading, YMCA Reading, Berkshire West Your Way and Berkshire Womens’ Aid.

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CEO and volunteer team shortlisted for prestigious national awards

07 August 2019

We are delighted to announce that Launchpad’s CEO, Ian Caren, and the charity’s volunteer team have been shortlisted for Third Sector Awards in the Charity Chief Executive and Volunteer Team of the Year categories respectively – and winners will be revealed next month!

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