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Launchpad is Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, providing vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home.

Founded as a soup kitchen in 1979 by students at the University of Reading, the charity now provides a holistic service to help vulnerable people in the town tackle their housing-related problems, obtain and sustain a long-term home and lead full and independent lives.

Our drop-in, legal advice and floating support services prevent homelessness by helping people overcome housing-related challenges before they get worse. We aim to break the cycle of homelessness by providing temporary homes with bespoke support for up to 100 people in Reading, as well as ten long-term homes in the town for people in housing need. Launchpad also rebuilds lives to give clients the very best chance of success with a range of therapeutic activities, and support with education, training and employment.

With your support and generosity we helped over 1,400 people in Reading to get back on their feet in 2018, a figure which has doubled in just four years. For more information about Launchpad, or to donate, visit: