A total of 700 people attended Launchpad’s sold-out annual carol service, Carols by Candlelight, at the Reading Minster on Thursday 5 December 2019 – and the event raised a record £10,800 for the homelessness prevention charity.
Christmas can be a difficult time for our clients – whether they’re the individuals living in our supported housing or those we support in the community who are at risk of homelessness. How does Launchpad help over the festive season and what can you do to ensure we can continue supporting vulnerable people, both over the festive season and all year round?
Find out what prospective parliamentary candidates in Reading West plan to do about the housing crisis
Launchpad is hosting a housing and homelessness question and answer session with prospective parliamentary candidates in Reading – and you are invited.
“More rain, heavier this time. It sounds very loudly in my ear as it falls on the tarpaulin which I’ve pulled over my head.”
Big Sleep Out participant, Michele, gives an honest account of a night spent sleeping in the grounds of Reading Abbey Ruins last month.
We are excited to announce Launchpad is one of four finalists for a Thames Valley Business Magazine Award in the Charity of the Year category, – which is sponsored by James Kowper Kreston, a firm of accountants and business advisers.
Cllr Debs Edwards, Reading’s Mayor during 2018-19, presented cheques to her chosen charities on Tuesday 10 September – and Launchpad received almost £2,500. During her Mayoral year, Cllr Debs Edwards fundraised £9,861.82 which was equally split between her chosen charities – Launchpad Reading, YMCA Reading, Berkshire West Your Way and Berkshire Womens’ Aid.
We are delighted to announce that Launchpad’s CEO, Ian Caren, and the charity’s volunteer team have been shortlisted for Third Sector Awards in the Charity Chief Executive and Volunteer Team of the Year categories respectively – and winners will be revealed next month!
In the UK, LGBTQ+ young people are more likely to find themselves homeless than their non-LGBT peers. Hatty, our Activities Coordinator, was part of a panel Q&A after Alexis Gregory’s play ‘Safe’ – which discussed the complex issues the LGBTQ+ community faces concerning homelessness. We sat down with Hatty to find out more.