Our vision is to run an alcohol-free pub serving free food and drinks for Reading’s homeless and needy.
We have been transforming the Queens Arms pub in Great Knollys Street, Reading so that it can be used for homeless services.
We are cooking and serving Reading’s surplus food to those who need it.
We have opened the After School Café for parents and children in need, which provides a free hot meal, pre-owned clothing and a homework corner.
We recently launched the All Night Café, a drugs and alcohol free environment for people with a local connection to Reading. Opening late evening, guests will be served a hot meal, be provided with a safe place to sleep for the night and given breakfast in the morning before the café closes.
- InYourArea – Reading homeless given Christmas dinner thanks to generous donations Homeless people in Reading tucked into a tasty Christmas dinner thanks to the generosity of people across the town.
- Community fridge offering free food opens at alcohol-free pub in Reading Pop in and pick up some free food, have a tea or coffee and meet new people! New Beginnings Reading are a registered charity who have transformed the Queens Arms from a derelict pub into a warm, welcoming alcohol free venue for all. Our services include an After School Cafe supporting families in Reading, Berkshire on a ...
- Antell Insurance raise over £700 for New Beginnings Reading A big thank you to Antell Insurance for raising over £700 in aid of our charity! Here’s a photo from their Christmas Jumpers competition. We wish everyone at Antell a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Our projects and partners
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.
New Beginnings Reading: Pre-Owned Shop
The shop will be offering pre-owned household goods, adult and children’s clothing and household items to those in need. Pre-owned school uniforms will also be on offer to families in need. We will be operating on a ‘pay what you can afford’ basis. Pay what you can afford, if you can’t afford it then it’s free!
The Way Ministry Reading – serving the homeless and needy with love
The Way Ministry Reading 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.