Helping people to help themselves

We are a charity who provide safe spaces to work with vulnerable people within our communities, empowering them to make positive changes and take control of their lives.

Today I need help: with my drug use | with my alchohol use | as a family or friend | as a young person | with homelessness

Get help and support

Find local and national support services. Get information and help for drug and alcohol use, and homelessness. Tools and resources to support adults, young people, families and carers. Find out more »

Vacancies at SMART

We are a small charity with a big heart; putting the service user at the centre of everything we do. We strive to develop individuals within the organisation in an environment that is conducive to progress by harnessing a team culture that is respectful, professional and open. Find out more »

Get involved with SMART

Support our charity to thrive. Find out about volunteering, fundraising and donating to a SMART project. Find out more »

“ Volunteering has changed my life and given me a passion for the work that I do. I feel privileged to be able to help others in their journey and enjoy giving them the same opportunities that I was given. ”
Pete, SMART Howard House Volunteer Co-ordinator · read Pete's story »
  • JOIN US FOR A SLEEP OUT FUNDRAISER – CAN YOU ROUGH IT FOR ONE NIGHT?
    On Saturday 24th September 2022, from 7pm to 7am, we will be holding our first fundraising event since Covid struck - the SMART Sleepout 2022! Please join us and help us to raise funds and awareness for the SMART Prebend Homeless Day Centre. Experience a little of what it’s like to be homeless and sleep rough. Read more »
  • WE ARE LOOKING FOR PASSIONATE PEOPLE TO BECOME SMART CJS TRUSTEES
    In a recent survey it was reported that over eight in ten of those performing Trustee roles said that it made them happier and over one in five said that they got a promotion as a result of their service. ​We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to bring their experience and knowledge to our board of trustees. The board is our governing body, providing strategy and direction and ensuring we're run according to the rules.​ Read more »
  • SMART CJS NEWS BULLETIN ISSUE 12
    News from SMART CJS’s projects in Bedford, Milton Keynes and Oxford - Awards, random acts of kindness, glorious gardening, mental health awareness week and celebrating 11 years of Howard House! Read more »
  • SMART CJS IMPACT REPORT 2021: Surviving and Thriving
    The Impact Report is finally here! Inspirational individuals, heart-warming stories and some of the key facts and figures from SMART CJS during 2021. Read more »
  • EXCITING NEW VOLUNTEERING ROLE IN MILTON KEYNES!
    We have an exciting new opportunity for an enthusiastic person/s to join the team at Norman Russell House (SMART’s supported accommodation in Milton Keynes for former rough sleepers) as the Activities Volunteer. Read more »
  • CELEBRATING 11 YEARS OF HOWARD HOUSE – PLEASE JOIN US!
    So far, we have welcomed around 14 people a day into the centre for a chat, a warm drink, and a hot takeaway meal. We have spoken to several people who are struggling to afford food because of the rise of living costs and the reduction of Universal Credit. People without a home have been able to talk about their situation, get food, collect their post (the building is a registered address for many) and use the phone to make essential calls. Read more »
  • THE SMART PREBEND HOMELESS CENTRE IS OPEN AGAIN – THANK YOU!
    So far, we have welcomed around 14 people a day into the centre for a chat, a warm drink, and a hot takeaway meal. We have spoken to several people who are struggling to afford food because of the rise of living costs and the reduction of Universal Credit. People without a home have been able to talk about their situation, get food, collect their post (the building is a registered address for many) and use the phone to make essential calls. Read more »
  • More than just a roof over your head
    “Getting rough sleepers off the streets is only the start of the rehabilitation process”, explains Ryan Willett, who works at Norman Russell House in Milton Keynes. ”Why they got there in the first place is often a complex matter that has taken years to come about, so it’s no wonder that untangling it can take time and patience.” Read more »
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