Photo of client at a Recovery College art class

Recovery College: Reading

St Mungo’s is expanding our support for vulnerable adults in Reading. St Mungo’s Recovery College is a skills and employment service, helping people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to build the confidence and skills to progress towards work.

What is St Mungo's Recovery College?

The Recovery College provides a programme of drop-in sessions, courses and one-to-one support. It is accessible for people who need to build social, literacy and IT skills but also offers a focus on progression and a pathway into employment.

Our specialist courses are open to local people affected by the complicated issues that make or keep people homeless, or that come from experiencing homelessness. Following successful pilots in Bristol and London, we're expanding our network of campuses to support more communities.

Find out more about our Recovery Colleges

Join our team

It’s an exciting time to volunteer with St Mungo's in Reading as you can be involved in bringing our Recovery College vision to life.

We have lots of roles available - tap the arrows to find out more or contact us at

Yoga Instructor

We recognise the impact that Yoga can have in our client’s recovery and the benefits it can have for wellbeing. If you are a qualified Yoga instructor who would like to share their skills we would love to hear from you.


We'd love to hear from anyone interested in leading music lessons or sessions for our clients. Tasks may include teaching an instrument directly to clients or facilitating a music session for a group.

Literacy and numeracy

If you have experience in teaching English or Maths, you could help us lead sessions or facilitate drop in activities. You'll be able to use your creativity to make these sessions engaging and beneficial for our clients.


We're keen to hear from anyone who could lead a two-hour IT drop-in session once a week. You don't need to be a tech whizz - you'll be helping our clients navigate basic online tools, such as online shopping or searching for jobs.

Mindfulness and meditation

If you are qualified to lead courses in Mindfulness or Meditation practices we would love to hear from you.

Group Facilitator

As a Group Facilitator you will be leading sessions for our clients, in your area of interest or expertise (e.g. creative writing, discussion group for women). If you have a unique talent or passion and good group facilitation skills we would love to hear from you.


We're keen to hear from you if you have experience of, or an interest in, leading art groups. You'll be able to design creative sessions that are inclusive and empowering.

Meet and greet

As a Meet & Greet Volunteer in our Recovery College, it will be your responsibility to ensure a warm welcome to students, volunteers, and visitors. You will also be asked to take an active role in student engagement and wellbeing, and to provide some administration support to the Recovery College team.


We need a Recovery College Ambassador to visit local projects and services in the area, promote the Recovery College and encourage people to take part in activities, training and courses.

The Recovery College in Reading is due to open on 30 September 2019. For more information, please contact

The service is available to those currently engaging with the following services, or who have done in the last two years:

  • Homelessness and related-housing support

  • Substance misuse

  • Mental health

  • Criminal justice.

Please email for more information or to arrange an induction meeting for any individual you would like to refer.


Volunteers will be integral in running our courses at the Recovery Colleges. If you are able to give your time, take a look at our volunteer roles.

Support us

There are lots of ways to support of our work - one example is joining our campaigns helps us to lobby for changes that help people who've experienced homelessness. Click here for more information on getting involved.

St Mungo’s in Reading

We are a homelessness charity and our vision is that everyone has a place to call home and can fulfil their ambitions. We have been helping people sleeping on the streets of Reading for over a decade.

Our Outreach team work on the frontline with people sleeping rough. We also offer emergency beds, a Housing First project and support to help people who’ve been homeless to maintain their tenancies.

Learn more about our work