Stories

Will’s Story

When he was 16 years old, Will came to Nightstop seeking support after being left with no choice but to leave home. After a short period of staying with our volunteer hosts he was able to move into supported accommodation where he stayed for 2.5 years. Feeling confident and in control Will moved back to […]

YMCA Reading – Summertime and Beyond

Reading YMCA provides 40 units of supported housing for 16 to 24 year olds referred by Reading Borough Council. The bedsits are modern and all are ensuite, 28 with kitchenettes and 12 with shared kitchens. Four of the units are reserved for young mother’s with babies. Guest blog by Arlene Kersley, YMCA Reading Chief Executive […]

Cambridge Street Aid – Alternative giving in Cambridge

Three years ago, two officers at Cambridge City Council had an idea: “…what if we could create an alternative to handing money directly to people living on the streets, and use the money raised to help people leave the streets behind…?” In November 2016, Cambridge Street Aid was born. The model is simple: Donate to […]

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 […]

Adam’s Journey

Everyone’s journey into and beyond homelessness is different. Multiple societal factors, multiple life situations and backgrounds, with multiple outcomes, underlining the fact that sometimes the system works and sometimes it doesn’t. And sometimes it’s a mix of the two, as is the case with Adam. Here’s to Adam and a brighter, more stable and happier […]

His name was Kevin

Written by Rachel Yates from the JustLife Foundation Everyone who works with vulnerable people has their one, the first death or the one which made the most impact, mine was Kevin. It was the shock of Kevin’s death which stuck with me as it was completely unexpected, he was starting to get help… It was […]