CEO blog March

This month Ian talks about Launchpad and Coronavirus, and the fundraising effort for the refurbishment of the work and life skills centre.

Where does a blog begin when we seem to be heading for the most serious health crisis in recent history? Launchpad will focus on what is important – our clients, volunteers, staff, and the local community. We have been giving people we support hand gels, notices about Coronavirus and stressing the importance of cleanliness, and are ready to give practical support if and when they are self-isolating.

We are planning for the coming weeks and ensuring all clients have phones so we can contact them and if we are no longer able to meet face-to-face, and we are preparing emergency food parcels. As is always the case, Launchpad is also working with other local charities and agencies to ensure vital services for vulnerable people continue. This includes regular meetings with organisations such as Readifood, Reading Voluntary Action and Reading Borough Council.

Outside of the world of Coronavirus – we are still eager to continue working towards the refurbishment of the work and life skills centre. We must look to the coming months and years, and strive to build a positive future for our clients. The local community has shown such incredible support and have raised a huge £70,500 in a matter of months – I wholeheartedly thank you for your kindness. If you haven’t donated and would like to help us over the finish line to our target of £80,000 – we really would be grateful for your support. Together we can prevent homelessness in Reading.

Finally stay safe and look after each other.



A few recommendations from me:

TV series of the month: Peaky Blinders

Series one and two are stunning. A wonderful tale of crime in 1919 Birmingham. It’s fantastic fun and an insight into a world which isn’t normally shown.


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