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.

  • Happy Trustees’ Week Take a look at what our amazing trustee Penny had to say about why she chose New Beginnings! A huge thank you to Penny for her active role and all her amazing work across the Charity! Also check out the kind words of Reading Voluntary Action summing up Penny wonderfully! Passionate inspiring people attract passionate inspiring people! Meet ...
  • Pret Foundation donate fridge and freezer We are so grateful to receive a new fridge and freezer, donated by the Pret Foundation. We extend a massive thank you to Nelly Koko Konan of Pret for arranging this for us! Here are pictures of the new fridge and freezer, plugged in and operating!
  • Microsoft Reading Campus helps sort clothing at Queens Arms Massive thanks to Microsoft Campus Reading for the huge help today at New Beginnings Reading. Many hours spent sorting through our generous donations and making the adult clothing room much more accessible and organised.

Our projects

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.

All Night Café
After the success of the All Night Café in December 2018, New Beginnings Reading have reopened their night shelter for the homeless. Restarted on Friday 5th April 2019 it offers guests a hot meal and a place to stay every Friday and Saturday night.

Community Fridge
The Queens Arms is now stocking fresh and non-perishable food, available for anyone in the Reading area who is need. New Beginnings Reading Fridge for the Community is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 12.00pm and 1.30pm, and is managed by a team of volunteers.

Partner projects

The Way Ministry
The Way Ministry 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.

Reading Bicycle Kitchen
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen are group of volunteer bicycle enthusiasts who give their time and knowledge to help repair bicycles and teach bike repair skills. Open every Saturday 12pm to 4pm at the Queens Arms. Tools and work stands are available to use.