Launchpad Reading

Referral address

The Stables
1a Merchant Place

Referral phone

0118 950 7656

Referral email


Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Launchpad offer single homeless people accommodation with support to enable them to maintain themselves in the community. Launchpad also offer a drop in three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 2pm. This service is open to all.

Who we cannot help

Offenders who have been assessed as being at high/very high risk of causing serious harm (MAPPA level 3).

  • Minimum age accepted: 16
  • Maximum age accepted: 99

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Launchpad accepts referrals for their supported housing service through the Reading BC access panel. Agencies can ask for a CAF form from Reading BC. Then complete form and return to the access panel. Floating Support service is also accessed via the access panel. The drop in centre is open to all callers

Referral procedure

Common Assessment form (CAF) for the floating support and supported housing service Open access to the Drop in

Length of stay

  • Minimum stay: 6 months
  • Maximum stay: 1 year

Support and accommodation

Support offered

Launchpad has: 47 full & part time staff, 100+ volunteers & a Supported Housing (team of 13) For supported housing an emergency out of hours call system for housing emergencies (not support) Operate key worker system for Supported Housing (average 20 tenants per worker), weekly meetings & house visits. Floating Support (11) Tier 1, clients who access the service via the Drop In and Tier 2 clients who access the service via the Access panel Community Projects (5) Employment Training & Education courses and programmes Volunteering opportunities Activities including painting, rock climbing, craft Housing (5) Manage & maintain properties Free IT 5 days a week

Rooms and charges

Varies on the basis of the accommodation but all supported housing units have a tenant`s charge.

  • Total spaces: 122


  • Furnishings: Long term accommodation is unfurnished Short term accommodation is furnished
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  • Disabled facilities: None.
  • Other facilities: Free Wi-Fi Kitchen diner Some properties have gardens Some properties have a lounge Some shared housing units have own shower Some shared housing units have small kitchen unit in room including full size fridge, micro wave and kettle

Rules and policies

House rules and tenure

Weekly licence agreement. Assured shorthold tenancies.


Can stay overnight, maximum of 3 consecutive nights over 7 days.

User participation


Further information

Public transport

Most properties are within walking distance of the town centre. All properties are on bus routes


Volunteering programme with 100+ volunteers, 2 full time volunteer organisers, volunteers office. Volunteers time vary from several days a week working with clients or HR to micro volunteers event support Email or phone 0118 950 7656 for more information.


It would be dependent on need However there are a number of other communities group in Reading who will take food and house hold goods Launchpad has limited storage space Household goods - CCA Food – CIRIC & Readifoods

Is this page accurate?

If you work for Launchpad Reading and would like to tell us about any of this information that needs updating please email the Homeless Link Information team. Please note this email address does not contact the service listed above so do not use it if you are looking for help or advice. 

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