Preventing homelessness in Reading


Keep up-to-date with Launchpad’s latest news.

Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and changes to Launchpad’s services

23 March 2020

Launchpad is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Senior management are meeting daily to respond to the developing situation, and are making the necessary changes to our work and services to protect clients, staff, volunteers, stakeholders and the community. We will be providing updated information on this page, so please check back regularly.

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Launchpad open ‘here for you’ telephone service

19 March 2020

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, we are aware that many members of our local community are in self-isolation and feeling lonely, need support with practical issues, and feel concerned about the future and loved ones. In response, we are launching a telephone service for anyone in need, whether they have housing or homelessness issues or not.

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

26 February 2020

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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Calling all local businesses – batter it out on Broad Street at Launchpad’s Pancake Race!

31 January 2020

Our annual Pancake Race will take place on Shrove Tuesday, 25 February 2020 and we are inviting local businesses to batter it out at this egg-citing lunchtime event – all to raise vital funds to open the town’s first work and life skills centre.

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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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