Real stories

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

Geoff’s* mum died of cancer when he was five. He has a very vivid memory of sitting by her bed in the living room with his wooden train. He sometimes wonders if life would have been different if his mum hadn’t died when he was so young.

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Meet Daniel

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.

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Meet Janice

Janice’s* benefits were stopped when she didn’t go to the Job Centre on the day of her brother’s funeral. She literally had no money to buy food.

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Meet Sarah

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.

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Meet Sophie

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.

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Meet Steven

Steven* is in his late 20s and lived with his grandparents in Reading. From the age of 10 he was smoking cannabis. By 15 he was addicted to cocaine and heroin. He shoplifted to pay for them and progressed to selling drugs to fund his own addiction.

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

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