Staff and volunteers

Our team are a talented bunch – find out more about some of our staff and volunteers, and what their jobs entail.

We rely on a small army of dedicated staff and volunteers to help prevent homelessness in Reading.

From caretakers, fundraisers and counsellors, to support officers, finance administrators and activities coordinators – there are a wide range of disciplines at Launchpad and our team are a talented bunch.

Find out more about some of them, what their jobs entail and why they enjoy working for Launchpad.

If you’re interested in paid employment with Launchpad, we post all vacancies on our Jobs page. To find out more about volunteering and student placements, visit our volunteering page, email volunteers@launchpadreading.org.uk or telephone 0118 950 7656 and select option 4.

Vicki, Fundraising Manager

Vicki is Launchpad’s fundraising manager and plans events like Big Sleep Out and Pancake Race – amongst many other things. She finds building relationships with Launchpad’s supporters incredibly rewarding and says that the team is always fuelled by cake!

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Ruth, Floating Support Team Leader

We caught up with Ruth, a Floating Support Team Leader at Launchpad.
Brimming with enthusiasm, Ruth told us more about herself, her role and what the Launchpad floating support team does to help people who are at risk of homelessness, in Reading.

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Jacqueline, Supported Housing Assistant

Jacqueline has worked for Launchpad for almost 5 years. Working in the supported housing team, she supports clients in Launchpad’s temporary housing. She really likes helping people, who for whatever reason, need assistance in getting on their feet.

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Holly, HR Officer

A busy mum to four children, Holly joined Launchpad in 2021 as our HR officer.  Passionate about the charity sector, she loves finding people who are the right fit for Launchpad’s mission and values.

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Paul, Drop-in Volunteer

Paul volunteers at Launchpad’s drop-in service one day a week, where absolutely anyone in housing crisis can come for information and support.

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Lucy, MEAM Coordinator

Lucy is our MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) Coordinator and has been working in the homelessness sector for eight years. Before she moved to Reading she was working in a punk rock cafe in Exeter.

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Vneeta, Housing Solicitor

Vneeta is Launchpad’s solicitor and she works with clients to ensure they are treated lawfully by landlords, local authorities, housing associations and other agencies across Reading.

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Daniel, Volunteer Counsellor

Daniel is one of four volunteer trained counsellors at Launchpad, who offer clients a safe place to talk, free of charge. He has been volunteering with Launchpad since 2017.

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Paul, Caretaker

Paul is responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of the supported housing we manage, as well as the security and safety of the properties – and says no two days are the same!

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