Real stories

A photo of a woman standing in the street. Illustrating how we prevent homelessness
Read the real stories of some of the homeless people Launchpad has helped across Reading
Stock photo of a man, used to illustrate Frank's Real Story.

Frank’s story

This is Frank’s story After confusion and lack of support with his benefits, Frank became street homeless when he was in his 60s. Within 24

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Stock photo of a man, used to illustrate Brian's Real Story.

Brian’s story

This is Brian’s story 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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Stock photo of a man, used to illustrate Dean's Real Story.

Dean’s story

This is Dean’s story After holding down three jobs, struggling with his mental health and caring for a close friend withdrawing from a drug addiction,

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Stock photo of a man, used to illustrate Dave's Real Story.

Dave’s story

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

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Stock photo of a man, used to illustrate Bob's Real Story.

Bob’s story

This is Bob’s story When 57-year-old Bob’s marriage broke down and he lost his business – he turned to drink to numb the pain and

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Stock photo of a woman, used to illustrate Claire's Real Story.

Claire’s story

This is Claire’s story Claire became homeless during the pandemic, having spiralled into class A drug addiction. She lived in the woods before Launchpad helped

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Stock photo of a woman, used to illustrate Hayley's Real Story.

Hayley’s story

This is Hayley’s story After going through the emotional trauma of losing the right to care for her children, 33-year old mum of four Hayley

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Stock photo of man to illustrate Stephen's Real Story

Stephen’s Story

This is Stephen’s Story Stephen has lived in Reading his whole life and has strong family connections across the town.  Stephen started working as soon

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

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