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.

  • Memorial Christmas Tree at Coop Funeralcare Massive thanks Elizabeth Woodray and Co Op Funeral Care in Tilehurst for their continued support of The Way Ministry Reading and New Beginnings Reading. They have set up a memorial tree so people can remember there lost loved ones. There is also a donation point and all proceeds raised will go to New Beginnings Reading and ...
  • Winter Clothing Appeal As the weather gets colder we need your help… We are really low on warm clothes, winder coats, hoodies, jumpers, gloves, hats, scarves, thick socks, outdoor shoes of any size (particular 12 and 13) and men’s jeans. If you can donate any of the items above, please drop them off at the Queens Arms between 2pm ...
  • Goju Massage Christmas Fundraiser Goju Massage is donating £5 to New Beginnings Reading for each treatment voucher they sell from now until 20th December. Could this be an idea gift for a loved one this Christmas? From their website, they say: ‘Tis the time of shopping stress, preparing the turkey and eton mess. For others this is a time of hopelessness ...

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.