Preventing homelessness in Reading


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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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Why is the LGBTQ+ community so over-represented in the youth homeless population?

24 July 2019

In the UK, LGBTQ+ young people are more likely to find themselves homeless than their non-LGBT peers. Hatty, our Activities Coordinator, was part of a panel Q&A after Alexis Gregory’s play ‘Safe’ – which discussed the complex issues the LGBTQ+ community faces concerning homelessness. We sat down with Hatty to find out more.

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Launchpad to open Reading’s first work and life skills centre

02 July 2019

Launchpad has announced exciting plans to open Reading’s first work and life skills centre to help rebuild the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

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Launchpad’s drop-in service achieves RAN Quality Standard

27 June 2019

Launchpad has been awarded the Reading Advice Network (RAN) Quality Standard – meaning the information and advice we offer at our drop-in service meets the very highest standards.

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University College of Estate Management (UCEM) hold sustainable housing solutions event in aid of Launchpad

24 June 2019

University College of Estate Management (UCEM) is hosting ‘Housing for Good’ at Reading Town Hall in September as part of its centenary activity – and the event will be in aid of Launchpad.

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Berkshire’s premier shopping destination supports Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out

18 June 2019

We are pleased to announce that The Oracle in Reading – which opened in 1999 and contains 90 shops, over 20 restaurants, cafes and bars and a cinema – is kindly sponsoring Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out!

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

03 June 2019

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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Launchpad clients three times more likely to have a diagnosed mental health condition

15 May 2019

Launchpad reveal 68% of the charity’s clients have a diagnosed mental health condition – almost three times more than the number of adults from the general population who experience a diagnosable mental health problem.

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