Launchpad celebrate Living Wage accreditation

The Reading Housing Charity, Launchpad, has joined the ranks of Living Wage employers and will be paying the 2016-17 rate of at least £8.45 an hour to everyone who works for them. Amanda McDonnell from Launchpad came to our stall on 5th November with this message from the CEO, Ian Caren:

‘The Living Wage is a way of saying we value our staff and that we want all people to have a decent standard of living. I am shocked by the low wages and appalling conditions that many people work in. Supporting the real Living Wage and the Living Wage Foundation is a way of saying everyone needs enough money for a decent life. No one who works should be in poverty’.




Hello all,

This week (31st October – 6th November) is Living Wage Week. Based on careful (independent) calculations of the basic cost of living, the new Living Wage rates have just been announced as £9.75 for London and £8.45 elsewhere.

 To help spread the word (nearly 3000 employers have signed up to pay the real Living Wage), Living Wage Reading are running a stall from 11am-3pm outside Waterstones on Broad Street on Saturday (Nov 5th). Please come along and visit us. Even better, join us behind the stall, and help us inform local people and businesses about what the living wage is. For more details about Saturday, please email us at

Hopefully, see you on Saturday,

Living Wage Reading Group


Next meeting: April 20th 2016

Our next meeting will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 20th April at Friends Meeting House, Church Street, Reading, RG1 2SB.

Come and learn from Living Wage Horsham and help plan our activities for the coming months. All our welcome to attend!

Provisional agenda

  1. David Hide and Ray Chapman (Living Wage Horsham) to discuss  campaigning and success
  2. Emma Kosmin (Living Wage Foundation) to give us the latest on the Living Wage
  3. Roleplay and planning activities to get us ready for our upcoming events in May (see below)

Campaign dates

  • May 1st: Bank Holiday Tilehurst Festival. 1200-19:00 in Prospect Park
  • May 6th: Job Fair, Broad Street Mall. 10:00-14:00
  • May 7th: Follow up in Tilehurst. Visit high street shops with Living Wage info

Could you help for a couple of hours? We are looking for volunteers, particularly in Tilehurst. Contact for more information

Next meeting: 23/02/16

Our next meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 February at Friends Meeting House, Church Street, Reading, RG1 2SB.

All are welcome to attend!


  1. Ian Caren from Launchpad on the work of the charity and issues of homelessness in Reading.
  2. AGM business
  3. acceptance of the revised constitution
  4. appointments to key roles (see below)
  5. annual report
  6. financial report
  7. Any other business
  8. Campaign situation

REG Job Descriptions

If you might like to help in running the REG, please look at the role descriptions below and ahead of time, if you would like to put your name forward. We are keen to enlarge the core group and so would welcome new people.


  • Act as point of contact for The Equality Trust
  • Monitor the group email address
  • Keep a watching brief (e.g. via TET) on developments of potential interest
  • Monitor the effective rotation of chairing, minute-taking and putting together the agenda for Core Steering Group meetings


  • Keep books
  • Prepare budget
  • Monitor spend
  • Report on finances

Publicity Co-ordinator

  • Prepare publicity plans in co-ordination with campaign leaders and national events
  • Liaise with contacts in local press to obtain publicity for campaigns
  • Draft press releases

Campaign Leader (Living Wage Reading)

  • Act as point of contact with the Living Wage Foundation
  • Monitor LWF materials and suggest ideas for local employer engagement
  • Propose activities for Living Wage Week

Campaign Leader (University of Reading Living Wage)

  • Report on UoR Living Wage activities
  • Advise on activities where REG members can support the campaign

All members of Core Steering Group

  • Plan general group meetings e.g. ideas for activities or speakers and practical arrangements
  • Contribute to group strategy e.g. employer engagement
  • Arrange for updating of website and social media
  • Take turns chairing, taking minutes and putting together the agenda for Core Steering Group meetings