Preventing homelessness in Reading

Staff and volunteers

We rely on a small army of dedicated staff and volunteers to help prevent homelessness in Reading.

From caretakers, fundraisers and counsellors, to support officers, finance administrators and activities coordinators – there are a wide range of disciplines at Launchpad and our team are a talented bunch.

Find out more about some of them, what their jobs entail and why they enjoy working for Launchpad.

If you’re interested in paid employment with Launchpad, we post all vacancies on our Jobs page. To find out more about volunteering and student placements, visit our volunteering page, email volunteers@launchpadreading.org.uk or telephone 0118 950 7656 and select option 4.

Karen Belton, Education, Training and Employment (ETE) Coorindator

Karen works with our clients to achieve their goals – whether it’s learning how to use a computer, improving reading and writing skills, getting paid employment or pursuing a new interest.

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Amy Brunsdon, Micro Volunteer and Ambassador

Amy was born and bred in Reading, and says that the flexibility of being a Micro Volunteer for Launchpad fits in really well around her full time job.

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Swakata Sannoh, Supported Housing Officer

Swakata is Launchpad’s longest-standing member of staff and says he still gets a lot of joy from handing keys over to new tenants and giving them another opportunity.

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Daniel Hand, Volunteer Counsellor

Daniel is one of four volunteer trained counsellors at Launchpad, who offer clients a safe place to talk, free of charge. He has been volunteering with Launchpad since 2017.

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Annabel Christie, Volunteer

Annabel has been volunteering with Launchpad for five years in a number of different roles, and says she’ll volunteer for the rest of her life if she’s able to.

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Paul Banks, Caretaker

Paul is responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of the supported housing we manage, as well as the security and safety of the properties – and says no two days are the same!

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Sharon Mullis, Volunteering Team Leader

Sharon built up Launchpad’s volunteers from 24 to 130 since she started working at the charity seven years ago and says the organisation could not function without the help of our volunteers.

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Karen Belton, Education, Training and Employment (ETE) Coorindator

Karen works with our clients to achieve their goals – whether it’s learning how to use a computer, improving reading and writing skills, getting paid employment or pursuing a new interest.

Read more >

Daniel Hand, Volunteer Counsellor

Daniel is one of four volunteer trained counsellors at Launchpad, who offer clients a safe place to talk, free of charge. He has been volunteering with Launchpad since 2017.

Read more >

Amy Brunsdon, Micro Volunteer and Ambassador

Amy was born and bred in Reading, and says that the flexibility of being a Micro Volunteer for Launchpad fits in really well around her full time job.

Read more >

Annabel Christie, Volunteer

Annabel has been volunteering with Launchpad for five years in a number of different roles, and says she’ll volunteer for the rest of her life if she’s able to.

Read more >

Swakata Sannoh, Supported Housing Officer

Swakata is Launchpad’s longest-standing member of staff and says he still gets a lot of joy from handing keys over to new tenants and giving them another opportunity.

Read more >

Paul Banks, Caretaker

Paul is responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of the supported housing we manage, as well as the security and safety of the properties – and says no two days are the same!

Read more >

Sharon Mullis, Volunteering Team Leader

Sharon built up Launchpad’s volunteers from 24 to 130 since she started working at the charity seven years ago and says the organisation could not function without the help of our volunteers.

Read more >

Ellie Pollitt, Floating Support Officer

Ellie supports families and individuals who have somewhere to stay but are recognised as vulnerable with a housing issue, and says it’s inspiring to be able to walk alongside people on their life journeys.

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Karen Belton, Education, Training and Employment (ETE) Coordinator

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