How we help

When a woman is referred to Alana House, Reading, she is given a warm welcome and given an assessment appointment, where her needs are assessed and depending on these, she is then allocated a trained support worker. Each woman is offered an induction session which covers the range of services provided by Alana House as well as her background, presenting issues, needs and desired outcomes.

The Alana House support worker will talk with her about how she can achieve her outcomes and jointly produce a support plan.

Support workers at Alana House use a holistic approach to ensure that women can access the best possible support and tools to achieve their goals. Each woman is offered regular 1-2 -1 sessions with her support worker, and encouraged to utilise the range of Alana House services to help her to achieve the outcomes outlined in her support plans which may also include support from our partner agencies.

Through this holistic support, many women are able to make positive changes in their lives, reducing the chaos and improving the outcomes for them and their families. 

The key outcomes for the women attending Alana House include:

  • Improved skills and employment prospects
  • Improved self-esteem, confidence and motivation to become independent
  • Safer lifestyles including stable accommodation and managing addictions
  • Better interpersonal skills including parenting skills and safeguarding children
  • Reduced anti-social and criminal behaviour, offending and custodial sentences therefore helping to break the intergenerational cycle of offending

A report by Baker Tilly and the Cass Business School measured the social return on investment of Alana House, Reading. The research concluded that the effects of Alana House are ‘life changing’. Evaluated conservatively, ‘over £35 million of economic and social value, in the lives of these women and their children, is brought every year.’