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 1,400 people in Reading to get back on their feet in 2018/19, a figure which has doubled in just four years.

What can you do?

Get help

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

Donate

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.
COVID-19 emergency appeal
Vulnerable people in Reading need YOUR support – now more than ever. Help us raise £30,000, so that together, we can protect our community over the coming weeks, and as the pandemic worsens.
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Our services during the pandemic
We e are pulling out all the stops to ensure vulnerable people receive vital support during the pandemic, while adapting the way we work to keep staff, clients and the public safe.
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Real stories

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Meet Sophie

Sophie* is in her early 20s. She and her two young children, age five and seven, moved in with her mum to care for her when she was dying of cancer.

Daniel sitting looking to the left
Meet Daniel

Daniel* is from a small family from a nice part of Reading. He has just one brother, and both his mum and dad were single children so he had no cousins, aunts or uncles. Daniel says he was always very detached from his mum and his dad was always distant from him, which has led to problems in later life.

Sarah sitting looking forwards
Meet Sarah

Sarah* says she had a ‘normal’ upbringing (quickly adding ‘whatever normal is!’). She and her sister lived in a three bedroom house in Reading with her parents. She went to school and went on lovely family holidays.

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CEO blog May

This month Ian talks about the mountain our clients have to climb – and how there is sometimes no quick fix. His TV recommendations include The West Wing.