Reading’s thriving nightlife, excellent job opportunities and great transport links is unfortunately not where its resemblance to London stops – something that both places share is a homeless problem.
An estimated 593 people in Reading are homeless. That means that one in 275 people living in the town are living without a home. This could mean living out on the streets, living ‘homeless at home’ in uninhabitable conditions, or temporarily living with friends and family.
Reading-based charity Launchpad does some fantastic work with the Reading homeless population, helping over 1,000 people in Reading get back on their feet last year. The charity works to prevent homelessness with drop-in legal advice and support offices, provide temporary accommodation with bespoke support for up to 100 homeless people in Reading, and help to rebuild lives with therapeutic activities and education, training and employment.
The organisation hosts a number of fundraising activities for local residents to take part in. Most recently, they hosted the ‘big sleep out at home’, which saw people swap their comfortable bed for a sleeping bag in the garden to raise money for pandemic-related homelessness.
Want to get involved? You can take part in the Ultra Challenge Halloween walk in London with the Launchpad charity on 30th October. And with the choice of doing 10k walk, a half marathon or a full marathon, there’s something for everyone! Head to launchpadreading.org.uk for more information.