Your guide to sleeping out on World Homeless Day and raising vital funds to prevent homelessness in Reading.
Here you’ll find everything you need to begin fundraising and spreading the word about your challenge on World Homeless Day, Saturday 10 October 2020 – as well as some information about the event itself. And with every pound you raise for Launchpad between now and the Big Sleep Out at home, you are ensuring people at risk of homelessness in Reading don’t have to face rough sleeping night-after-night.
If you have any questions about the Big Sleep Out at home or would like some fundraising tips, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0118 929 1121.
£5 could help fund a cleaning pack for a client with hoarding issues – who wants to take a step towards clearing a room with the help of a Launchpad support worker
£14 could help pay for a copy of a birth certificate for a client with no ID – so Launchpad can help them claim benefits and set up a bank account
£25 can help fund a simple mobile phone so a client in crisis can contact Launchpad for the support they need
£70 can help buy bunk beds for a low-income family – who are moving from unsafe accommodation into a new home with Launchpad’s help
£160 could help fund a fridge freezer so a couple who were evicted after they lost their jobs during the pandemic, can store food in their new home
£220 can help pay for a cooker and it’s installation in the first home of an individual leaving care
The Big Sleep Out at home raises money to support our work preventing homelessness in Reading – but how do we ensure vulnerable people in Reading don’t lose their home and spend night-after-night on the streets?
Sometimes people need more help to overcome a serious housing-related challenge. Which is why our drop-in, floating support and legal services work with people who are at risk of homelessness to address the roots of their problem, and ultimately stop a housing problem becoming a crisis.
The individuals, couples and families we work with include victims of domestic abuse, army veterans, and people leaving care or prison with nowhere to go; those who struggle with numeracy and literacy and can’t access the benefit system to pay rent; and people battling issues such as addiction, debt management and poor mental health. And more recently, those whose housing situations have been impacted by COVID-19 with a postponed eviction, furlough, redundancy or illness.
We provide tailored support plans for periods of three to six months and work with clients to tackle whatever is holding them back or having an impact on their housing situation, which often involves joint-working with other agencies and community groups across Reading. Our work aims to build confidence, develop new skills and help the client achieve long-term stability and independence.
Our preventing homelessness services also support people who are being treated unlawfully by rogue landlords, housing associations and other agencies across Reading so clients can keep their home or obtain alternative clean, safe and stable accommodation. Our solicitor provides free legal advice and helps individuals, couples and families to navigate complicated legal proceedings and acts as an advocate when people are too vulnerable to use their voice.
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* 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* 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.