Launchpad 135, our work and life skills centre

Reading's first work and life skills centre is helping vulnerable people rebuild their lives.

Based in Cardiff Road, just a short walk from Reading Train Station. Launchpad 135 offers training to members of the public as well as to people who are using Launchpad’s supported housing or floating support services.

Classes focus on practical skills such as cooking, DIY, IT and interview skills as well as soft skills such as building confidence, resilience, teamwork and communication. The focus of all classes is the same – to help people to live positive, independent lives.

Activities in 2022 included

  • Coffee barista training
  • Digital skills (with Get Online)
  • Job shop
  • Money matters (personal finances)
  • Rebuilding lives (a 1-1 meeting)
  • Counselling (currently only for Launchpad tenants)
  • Volunteering at Museum of English Rural Life 
  • Emotional Intelligence (run by Get Berkshire Active)
  • Travel with Confidence (train travel)
  • Gardening
  • Cookery
  • Acting and Theatre skill
  • Art
  • Weekly socials
  • The power of music
  • Stone carving

Classes are delivered by Launchpad’s team and volunteers, as well as by other local groups – carefully selected partners who are all committed to supporting Reading’s diverse communities. 

Our partners include:

Get Online  – Citizens Advice  Bureau – Rabble Theatre – Get Berkshire Active National Careers Service

 “I went from being depressed, to it going away. I was so glad I got myself the chance to be working part-time again”

Employment Support service user who has returned to work

Workshop in progress
Cooking class, making a strawberry cake
“Learning to become young at heart again. Bring on more experience, loving all activities, brings harmony to living!”

Service user

 “We’re delighted to bring the ‘Get Online project’ to Launchpad 135. Its comfortable, accessible, and the facilities, including high speed internet are ideal. And there’s always a friendly welcome!”

Get Online Reading

“One of my favourite things is when I can see someone take pride in themselves when they achieve a goal or receive a certificate when they complete a course or training – a step towards independence”.

Siân, Team Leader at Launchpad 135

Ready to get involved?

If you’re interested in taking part in the training offered at Launchpad 135, please complete this short form.

Still have questions?

To find out about the latest courses that are available, please email the team at – please include a phone number and one of the team will call you back.

To talk to us about your organisation using the centre, please email and we’ll be in touch.

To talk about volunteering at Launchpad 135, please send email and our volunteer coordinator will contact you as soon as possible.