About Alana House
Alana House has a main base in Reading but also covers West Berkshire, Bracknell, Wokingham, Maidenhead and Windsor. For more information about services and support outside of Reading see our Building Family Bridges page.
Alana House Reading opened in April 2010, adopting the recommendations from the Corston Report, which identified the nine pathways to offending and the trauma-informed approach needed to support women. Initially established to support female offenders in the community, Alana House has developed over the years to support all women with multiple or complex needs.
Alana House aims to:
- Address the individual barriers to employment, education and training
- Divert women from custody by addressing the causes of crime and therefore reducing the impact of the impact on the community
- Empower women to reflect on their lives and make a plan to address their needs, increasing their independence and facilitating their access to mainstream services
- Provide opportunities to access benefit and welfare advice, NHS sexual health treatment, housing and specialist drug and alcohol advice, in one safe place
Alana House has twice won a prestigious national Howard League for Penal Reform Award, acknowledging the positive impact Alana House has on the women it supports and their wider communities. In 2017 the award was for the Enrich Project, a partnership programme run with Thames Valley Police, IRiS drug and alcohol service and Reading Borough Council’s Troubled Families service. Alana House was also nominated for the Howard League award in 2019 for its Job Skills Course, which works with women to build confidence and give practical advice as they seek employment.
Alana House is the only community project of its kind in the local area and its need is evidenced by the growing number of referrals received year on year from a range of professionals and practitioners who come into contact with vulnerable women in the area.
To see how our work at Alana House provides value for money and social impact please read the Social Return on Investment report conducted by Baker Tilly.