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 1,000 people in Reading to get back on their feet last year, a figure which more than tripled in just five years. 

How are we safely welcoming clients back into our building?
We have been working hard to ensure we can safely start to open the building to clients and people in need of support, ready for when lockdown started to ease. What are these changes and how have we adapted our services to keep clients, staff and our community safe?
Read about the changes to our services
New patron announced
University of Reading’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Van de Noort, is Launchpad's new patron.
Read more

What can you do?

Get help

If you are homeless or at risk of being homeless, we can help you turn things around.


Your donations ensure we can continue preventing homelessness, providing homes and rebuilding lives.

Get involved

There’s a fundraising event to suit everyone, you taking part and raising awareness of the charity is what it is all about.

Real stories

Meet Hayley

After going through the emotional trauma of losing the right to care for her children, Hayley found herself homeless and with no one to turn to for help.

Meet Craig

An army veteran with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and issues with alcohol, Craig found himself homeless in the middle of the pandemic.

Meet Dean

After losing three jobs, struggling with his mental health, and caring for a friend withdrawing from drug addiction, Dean was on the brink of homelessness.

CEO blog October 2020

Over the next few months, there will be a trustee takeover on Ian’s blog! This month is Phil Jones, who is chair of the marketing and fundraising committee and has been a Launchpad trustee for over three years.