Do you need help?

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If you don’t have a stable place to live or you are worried about losing your home, our drop-in service is here to help. We’ve also provided a list of other organisations that can offer support if you’re in crisis.


Whether you’re sleeping on a friend’s sofa, worried about how you’re going to pay your rent, concerned about your landlord’s actions, need guidance on how to claim benefits or would like help with drug or alcohol misuse – our drop-in service can provide vital information and support to help you get back on your feet.

We are now accepting visitors to our drop-in service, which is operating at reduced hours. You don’t need to be referred or book an appointment – simply visit our offices on a Monday or Friday between 11.00am and 1.00pm, and one of our team members will be able to help.

We’re based in central Reading (down the alley on Friar Street at the side of Nando’s) and our building has brightly coloured doors like our logo. You can’t miss us!

Launchpad Reading
The Stables
1A Merchants Place

Sessions will be kept to 20 minutes and please note that you may be asked to return at a later time or date if we do not have capacity to see you.

Please watch this video before you visit us, for more details about the changes we have made and the guidelines we have put in place to keep staff, clients and visitors safe.

Information and support will still be available for anyone with a housing or homelessness issue from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, by calling 0118 929 1111 or emailing

Please note, we will not be providing drop-in outreach as per our usual schedule at locations such as CIRDIC or Probation.

*Launchpad is committed to the privacy and confidentiality of the information provided to us at our drop-in service. Read our privacy statement for more details.*

Other support


If you are at risk of becoming homeless, contact the Homeless Prevention Service at Reading Borough Council as soon as possible. They usually run drop in sessions at the Civic Offices from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday but during the pandemic, email or call 0118 937 2165 and leave a voicemail.

If you have an emergency out-of-hours, call 01344 786 512.

In an emergency

  • Dial 999 for the ambulance, police and fire service.
  • If you are at imminent risk of harming yourself, call the Samaritans on 116 123, present yourself to the emergency department at your nearest hospital or dial 999.
  • If you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency, contact NHS Direct by dialling 111.


Domestic violence and sexual abuse

Drug and alcohol misuse


  • Switchboard (LGBT+ helpline):0300 330 0630
  • Support U (Reading-based LGBT+help and support service): 0118 321 9111



Health and wellbeing

  • Mental Health Crisis Team: 0300 365 0300 or 0300 365 9999
  • NHS Direct: 111
  • Silverline (aimed at people over 55): 0800 4 70 80 90
  • Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774 (Monday – Friday, 9:30am–5:30pm)
  • Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393 (Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm)
  • C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably – for men): 0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight every day of the year)
  • Samaritans: 116 1

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