About us

Launchpad is Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, providing vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home.

Founded as a soup kitchen in 1979 by students at the University of Reading, the charity now provides a holistic service to help vulnerable people in the town tackle their housing-related problems, obtain and sustain a long-term home and lead full and independent lives.

Our drop-in, legal advice and floating support services prevent homelessness by helping people overcome housing-related challenges before they get worse.

We aim to break the cycle of homelessness by providing temporary homes with bespoke support for up to 100 people in Reading, as well as ten long-term homes in the town for people in housing need.

Launchpad also rebuilds lives to give clients the very best chance of success with a range of therapeutic activities, and support with education, training and employment.

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.

Learn more about what we do.

Annual accounts

Read our annual accounts for a more in-depth look at our future plans, funding needs and financial statements for the year.

Annual accounts 2018/19

Annual accounts 2017/18

Annual accounts 2016/17

Annual accounts 2015/16

Annual accounts 2014/15

 
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News

Discover the latest news at Launchpad and keep-up-to date with what is going on behind our colourful stable doors.

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Our work

Absolutely anyone can find themselves in a situation where they are homeless or at risk of losing their home. Sometimes all it can take are

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Patrons

Our patrons represent Launchpad, increase our profile and spread news about the good work we do to prevent homelessness in Reading.

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Trustees

Our trustees give Launchpad their time and expertise to make sure we provide vital accommodation and effective support to vulnerable people in Reading.

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CEO blog

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.

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