Reading

St Mungo’s – 10 years of helping people sleeping rough.

Our outreach teams go out early in the morning and late at night, following up referrals from members of the public via StreetLink and from other local organisations who’ve told us they’re concerned about someone sleeping rough. Some of those people might be newly rough sleeping and we talk to them, see what options there […]

Lord Bourne’s visit to Reading

Lord Bourne, Minister for Faith, politician and former professor of law visited Reading University on 28 June 2019 to meet with various representatives from faith groups working in the community that support people who are sleeping rough and homeless.  The four key partners who met with Lord Bourne were: Faith Christian Group which comprises local […]

Homelessness and rough sleeping. What Reading is doing.

At Reading’s Housing, Neighbourhoods and Leisure Committee on 3rd July, Reading’s Homelessness Partnerships Team provided a ‘whistle-stop’ summary to Council Members of all their current and future projects to keep them up to date with the services and provisions in Reading that support people who are sleeping rough and people at risk of homelessness. The […]

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 […]