Work and life skills centre

We are opening Reading's first work and life skills centre so vulnerable people can rebuild their lives.

It takes more than a home to break the cycle of homelessness. Which is why, in celebration of 40 years of preventing homelessness in Reading, we are expanding our services and opening a centre so people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home can learn new skills, build confidence and get back into work.

Our new facility is just ten minutes’ walk from Launchpad’s town centre offices, and we are currently refurbishing it – thanks to the incredible support from our local community who helped raised £80,000 for the renovations that will get this crucial service off the ground.

When the centre opens in Autumn 2020, it will boast the following bespoke facilities for vulnerable people in Reading:

  • a training kitchen for cooking and barista courses
  • a DIY workshop and laundry area to learn how to maintain a home and practice self-care
  • an IT suite for job searching and online learning
  • a counselling service for talking therapies
  • a space for creative writing, art, photography and wellbeing activities such as yoga and meditation.

Take a walk through the centre:

Plans and the renovation progress

The refurbishment of the centre was postponed because of the pandemic but our teams have been back at the site to continue renovations over the last two months.

The building has needed a complete overhaul in terms of heating and electrics, as well as the installation of a suspended ceiling. There are now fitted doors and windows, and the training kitchen, laundry and workshop are being installed.

Work is also being carried out on repairing some brickwork to the front of the building as well as painting and decorating. Flooring will be laid shortly, and works are still to be finalised on electrics and plumbing. 

The interior will have a neutral palette with white walls, grey doors and wooden flooring, using plants and splashes of colour to add vibrancy to the space. 

Watch this space for details of the officially opening!

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