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 are planning to open New Beginnings Reading 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.
- Reading Bike Kitchen at the Queens Arms every Saturday New Beginnings Reading are delighted to have Reading Bike Kitchen at the Queens Arms. Pop-ups are each Saturday 12pm to 4pm. http://www.readingbicyclekitchen.org
- New Logo Many thanks to Portlande Sanderson of Pillow Creative for creating for us fantastic new logos for New Beginnings Reading!
- Volunteer Interest and Induction Training Days for All Night Café New Beginnings Reading are hosting a volunteer interest day for All Night Café on the 29th September, followed by a training and induction day on the 20th October. See the flyer below for details or register on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/all-night-cafe-volunteer-interest-day-tickets-50305378742
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. The Queens Arms has a spacious garden for parents and children to enjoy. Support and signposting is also on offer.
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.