Launchpad is an independent charity founded 39 years ago by students from Reading University, to help local people at risk of homelessness.


Today, we’re based in bright premises in the centre of Reading, providing three vital services to prevent homelessness in our town: Housing with Support, Floating Support and a Drop-in Centre.


Volunteers are vital to the work we do, making a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable people. There’s an opportunity for anyone to get involved with Launchpad: from help with street collections to organising your own fundraising events. And it’s not just about doing good! Volunteering can help develop new skills and boost your confidence. It can be a chance to meet likeminded people and it’s immensely satisfying and highly rewarding too!

The Big Sleep Out’

Every year, people get sponsored to spend one night sleeping under the stars to raise money and awareness of the realities of sleeping rough. Could you organise your own customised ‘sleep out’ for Launchpad? Students all over the country have been putting on these challenging all-night events to raise money for homeless projects including Cardiff, Bath, Manchester and Sheffield! We’d love you to get involved!


You can read about all of our Launchpad events here:


Come and say hi to us at the Freshers Fayre to find out more!



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