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.

  • MyPack donate back packs for the homeless New Beginnings Reading would like to say a very big thank you to Mat Parker from MyPack for making up and delivering all these back packs for street homeless people in Reading. In late January 2019 MyPack began fundraising for a pilot scheme that would create initial batch of approximately 15 MyPacks. This target was exceeded ...
  • Support us through Amazon Smile New Beginnings Reading is now registered as a charitable organisation with Amazon Smile. This means that we can now receive a donation from Amazon whenever you make a purchase. Click banner below register New Beginnings Reading as your chosen charity and Amazon will donate a percentage of any purchases you make to us at no ...
  • NBR restarts All Night Café for the homeless After the success of the All Night Café in December last year, New Beginnings Reading reopened their night shelter for the homeless last Friday. It has been a fantastic start! 12 homeless people were welcomed, given a hot meal and a safe place to sleep before being treated to bacon butties for breakfast in the ...

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.