New Beginnings Reading is a homeless charity based in Reading, UK.

Our aims are the prevention and relief of poverty and financial hardship of persons in Reading who are in need due to social or economic reasons, regardless of their religion or belief. This includes (but is not limited to) providing clothing, food, essential items, temporary accomodation, sign-posting to other support services and assistance with independent living. The charity promotes social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people in Reading from becoming socially excluded and relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.

We have transformed the Queens Arms pub in Great Knollys Street, which is now used for a number of services, which include the All Night Café, a night shelter for the homeless, a community fridge for distributing free food for those in need and the After School Café offering meals, clothing and support for parents and children.

  • Big thanks to BJP for their fundraising events We have had an amazing few weeks with BJP Insurance Brokers who have chosen us are their charity of the year! Not only did they previously raise an amazing £700 through golf days! They are now raising money through office BBQs and will be completing a 3 legged race around Virginia Water!!! They recently informed us ...
  • New Beginnings Reading nominiated for Pride of Reading awards We are delighted to have been nominated for a Pride of Reading Award AND in so many categories! Thank you all for making this possible….. a safe, secure sanctuary for those in need in Reading. Read more about this in getReading’s news report.
  • New Beginnings Reading celebrate Volunteers Week New Beginnings Reading realize that volunteers are the heart of its organisation Written by Grace Gomez New Beginnings Reading celebrated the launch of Volunteer Week by having a volunteer thank you and appreciation day. Volunteers were invited to the refurbished Queens Arms, alcohol free pub for a meal cooked and served by the charity trustees on Saturday, June ...

Our projects

New Beginnings Reading: After School Café
We are welcoming homeless families and those in need into our After School Café. Every Wednesday we warmly welcome parents and children to a safe place to stay and play after school. A homework corner is available as well. Activities such as cooking, imaginative play and crafts are on offer for the children to take part in. The Queens Arms has a spacious garden for parents and children to enjoy. Support and signposting is on offer for parents, and help with homework for the children.

All Night Café
After the success of the All Night Café in December 2018, New Beginnings Reading have reopened their night shelter for the homeless. Restarted on Friday 5th April 2019 it offers guests a hot meal and a place to stay every Friday and Saturday night.

Community Fridge
The Queens Arms is now stocking fresh and non-perishable food, available for anyone in the Reading area who is need. New Beginnings Reading Fridge for the Community is open every Wednesday and Friday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, and is managed by a team of volunteers.

Partner projects

The Way Ministry
The Way Ministry is serving a weekly home cooked Sunday dinner for single homeless and vulnerable adults. Free clothing is also available along with signposting and fellowship. A listening ear, support is always served alongside a hearty meal.