Welcome

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.

  • Volunteers Needed for All Night Café You can make a difference in a homeless person’s life in Reading! We are recruiting volunteers for our All Night Café for those who are homeless in Reading. New Beginnings All Night Café was successfully launched in November 2018 and ran for 2 months. We welcomed up to 14 homeless guest into the Queen Arms for ...
  • Quickplay Sport donate 15 new coats for All Night Café guests New Beginnings Reading would like to say a massive thank you to Pete Goodman from Quickplay Sport for donating 15 brand new coats. Thank you so much, we will make sure that our homeless guests at the All Night Café get given one each.
  • LUSH UK awash with praise from NBR for their generous donation of soaps! We’re overwhelmed by the generous donations from LUSH UK. They have kindly given over 200 soaps to New Beginnings – with some for our wonderful, dedicated volunteers! Thank you Lush for your kind donations. If you’d like to donate, please message us or get in touch at contactus@newbeginningsreading.org

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.