New Beginnings Reading needs volunteers. Can you help? We have different roles and opportunities for volunteers ages 18 plus.

If you’d like to know more about volunteer opportunities, please get in contact. Particular opportunities we’re in need of volunteers for are listed below; there may be other ways and opportunities to help so please get in touch even if you don’t see anything suitable.

You can also help us recruit volunteers by telling your friends about us and by sharing this page or our flyer.

After School Café

We need volunteers who can help at the After School Café, which support families with young children.

  • 2:15pm to 6pm on Wednesdays at The Queens Arms
  • Tasks include welcoming, cooking meals, supervising activities for children, setting up and clearing away
  • Team leaders will require DBS check. For assisting volunteers this is desirable but not required (but must not be barred with working with children or adults).

All Night Café

We need volunteers to help with the All Night Café, a night shelter for the homeless.

  • Runs every Friday 8:30pm to Saturday 8:30am and every Saturday 8:30pm to Sunday 8:30am.
  • The night is divided into shifts:
    • Evening shift 8:30pm – 11:30pm – a number of volunteers are needed to setup, welcome guests and cooks
    • Night shift 11 to 7 am – volunteers are needed to stay up and supervisor our guests
    • Morning shift 6:30 am to 8:30 am – volunteers are needed to cook breakfast, say farewell to guests and clear up
  • Team leaders are also needed for each shift

Food pick up

Costco very kindly offers food to the local community, which they make available at their Reading premises in Green Park on Wednesday and Fridays, 11am to 12pm. We need volunteers with vehicles who can collect food, drive it to the Queens Arms and store it appropriately.

Community Fridge

We need volunteers to help manage our community fridge at the Queens Arms.

  • The fridge will be open to the community on Wednesdays and Fridays 12:00 to 1:30pm.
  • Volunteers will be required to monitor use of the fridge (collections and donations), check dates on food and keeping the fridge clean.


We are looking for people with experience of grant/trust fund applications and/or bid writing to help fund raise for New Beginnings Reading. If that’s you, please get in contact!