Real stories

Meet some of our clients, read about their experiences of homelessness and discover how Launchpad has helped them.

Meet Dean

After holding down three jobs, struggling with his mental health and caring for a close friend withdrawing from a drug addiction, Dean suffered a breakdown.

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Meet Claire

Claire became homeless during the pandemic, having spiralled into class A drug addiction. She lived in the woods before Launchpad helped her rebuild her life.

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Meet Stephen

Stephen has lived in Reading his whole life and has strong family connections across the town.  Stephen started working as soon as he left school

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Meet Frank

After confusion and lack of support with his benefits, Frank became street homeless when he was in his 60s. Within 24 hours, Launchpad housed him.

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Meet Brian

Brian is 65 and has been a Reading resident for 35 years. He has been homeless many times over many years.          

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Meet Hayley

After going through the emotional trauma of losing the right to care for her children, 33-year old mum of four Hayley became homeless.     

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Meet Dave

Dave was at rock bottom when he came to our drop-in service. He’d suffered a nervous breakdown and left his job, and was facing eviction.

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Meet Bob

When 57-year-old Bob’s marriage broke down and he lost his business – he turned to drink to numb the pain and soon found himself homeless.

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* To help protect the privacy of those we help names have been changed