No Recourse to Public Funds

At our second UK Network Event, Verena Hutcheson, Homelessness and Housing Pathways Manager Housing Needs at Reading Borough Council shared how they have been supporting those with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). Starting in January 2015, Faith Christian Group has been running a Winter Shelter to provide temporary accommodation during January and February. In more recent years, they have received some Government funding […]

More than ever, it’s important that details on the website are up to date

Perhaps more than ever, it’s important that there is visibility of all services available to people in need. The team in Reading have updated each organisation’s record on the website to reflect operation hours during the pandemic and over the winter period. We encourage you to do the same for your location so we can […]

An introduction to Sadaka

Sadaka, founded in 2017 lives by the motto “Giving without judgement or bias”. Working within Reading, they aim to adhere to their motto by providing food and food boxes to those in need. Initially, Sadaka was serving hot meals to people in need on Saturdays. As the organisation became more well known and was seen […]

Launchpad Re-launch MEAM Operational Group

Ellie Pollitt, Acting MEAM Co-ordinator at Launchpad Reading is delighted to confirm that they are in a position to re-launch their MEAM operational group; all-be-it virtually for the time being. They are inviting all Reading based homelessness charities to join their first ‘post lockdown’ meeting to be held virtually via Teams on Monday 21 September from 10:00 […]

Reading – Guide for community groups offering Coronavirus support services

Guide for community groups offering Coronavirus support services Thank you to all the community groups and charities in Reading, who are adapting their services and providing invaluable, additional support and services during this time. It really has been inspirational to see local social action. Your group may now be offering those who are self-isolating the […]

(UK) COVID 19 FUNDING SUPPORT (CHARITIES/ORGANISATIONS)

Please find links to covid-19 funding support for charities. This is a live document. Please let us know if you hear of any other funding/support sources we can add to this list. Apologies in advance for any duplication. NATIONAL Crisis Fund (UK): https://www.crisis.org.uk/about-us/the-crisis-blog/in-this-together-launching-our-emergency-grants-fund/ A grants programme which supports local homelessness organisations across the UK Charities […]

Launchpad Reading open ‘here for you’ telephone service

  Following the COVID-19 outbreak, we are aware that many members of our local community are in self-isolation and feeling lonely, need support with practical issues, and feel concerned about the future and loved ones. In response, we are launching a telephone service for anyone in need, whether they have housing or homelessness issues or […]

Alana House’s 10th Birthday Celebrations

An inspirational service to celebrate International Women’s Day and 10 years of Alana House women’s community project was held in Reading on Sunday 8th March. The unique service at Reading Minster saw performances by Reading Community Gospel Choir and soloist Nichole Grace and readings and prayers from some of the charity’s supporters and women supported […]