About us

Launchpad is Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity.

Launchpad started life a soup kitchen in 1979, founded by students at the University of Reading. Launchpad now provides a holistic service for anyone in Reading who is at risk of becoming homeless. Or has become homeless. Forty-five year’s later we are Reading’s leading homelessness charity. We are here to help vulnerable people in the town tackle their housing-related problems. To help people obtain, and sustain a long-term home and lead full and independent lives. 

You can learn all about Launchpad in our homemade four minute video.

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

Our goal is to break the cycle of homelessness by providing temporary homes with bespoke support for more than 100 people. As well as ten long-term homes in the town for people in housing need.

Launchpad also rebuilds lives at our work and life skills centre, Launchpad 135 – a place where vulnerable people can learn new skills, build confidence, and get back into work.

With your support and generosity, we helped more than 1,400 people in Reading to get back on their feet last year.

Learn more what we do or read our latest impact report below.

Impact report 2022/23

Find out more about how Launchpad prevented homelessness in 2022/23, who we  helped and how your donations made a difference.

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

Annual accounts 2021/22

Annual accounts 2020/21

Annual accounts 2019/20

Annual accounts 2018/19

Annual accounts 2017/18

Launchpad Impact Report FY2022/23

More information about Launchpad

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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

We want everyone in Reading to have their own home, and the opportunity for a positive future Preventing homelessness and rebuilding lives Regardless of the

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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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