Welcome

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.

  • Volunteer Training and Induction event for All Night Café, 7th August Want to be a part of something good in Reading? Come along and volunteer at our All Night Cafe shelter for the homeless, which runs twice a week on Friday and Saturday nights. No skills necessary, just a heart to serve our guests with care compassion. If you can make tea, cook, wash up, set up, ...
  • 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 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.