Alana House Community Café

Opening times:

Tuesdays 12.30-2.30pm and Thursdays 10am-12pm

2 Southern Court, South Street, Reading, RG1 4QS

Booking required: email to book


Alana House runs a community café to help women who attend the project to learn and practise valuable new skills. The café is available for Alana House clients, PACT staff and volunteers as well as invited professional guests. (Please note we are currently unable to accommodate children.)

We offer home-baked cakes and biscuits as well as hot drinks served by Alana House women to a professional standard. Guests will be asked to make a suggested non-compulsory donation of £1 per drink or piece of cake, with all funds raised being used to run and support the café.

Only those Alana House women who have completed barista and food and hygiene training will be able to help out in the café on a rota basis.

We are currently limited with numbers and priority will be given to service users, however if you are in the building do please come by and we can give you a takeaway or if there is space, you can sit down and have a chat. Email if you would like to attend either to sit down or have a takeaway.


The café was created to help give Alana House women the chance to learn new skills and to practise these in a friendly and non-judgemental space, helping to boost their confidence and enhance their employability prospects. 

The project has been made possible by funding from the Ministry of Justice and support from local organisations, including Kingdom Coffee, which provided barista skills training, and IKEA, which donated a new kitchen plus furniture and accessories.

We will be reviewing how the café is working so any feedback from people who have attended would be most welcome! Feedback can be emailed to Safiya via