James Cross

Launchpad’s Pancake Race

Launchpad is Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, providing vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have a stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home. Launchpad’s annual pancake race took place a couple of months ago in Broad Street for the fifteenth time.Unlike last year, the rain […]

A Willow House Success Story

“When you’re living on the streets, and all ties to friends and family are cut, the will to live, and to carry on, becomes immensely hard” Charlie McGinley – former resident of the Salvation Army’s Willow House Hostel. Without a roof over your head, and without any means of income, it’s easy to turn down […]

Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out

Launchpad is Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, providing vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have a stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home. Last year, Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out raised over £20,000 and highlighted not only the problem for people sleeping rough in Reading but also […]

Number of people sleeping rough in Reading falls

The number of people sleeping rough in Reading has fallen in a year but still remains a huge issue, council bosses and charities say. An annual count of rough sleepers by Reading Borough Council found 25 people sleeping on the streets in November 2018. This is a fall from the 31 recorded in the same month in 2017. […]

Willow House – Salvation Army Lifehouse

The Life House in Reading can accommodate up to 38 men and women experiencing homelessness. In addition to providing safe accommodation, the Lifehouse also offers a variety of activities and provides essential life skills. Gardening is just one of the activities available. As well as providing shelter for rough sleepers, the workers at the hostel […]