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 »
  • SMART CJS IMPACT REPORT 2020: A YEAR OF CHANGES
    During 2020 we have helped at least 1500 individuals who have experienced rough sleeping and homelessness, and/or substance misuse. We believe that everyone needs a little help sometimes and, with trust, respect and honesty, people can make incredible changes. The 2020 report celebrates outstanding achievements made by amazing people! Read more »
  • EVERYDAY HEROES!
    On the 26th March, the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, will celebrate those who make Bedford brilliant. SMART CJS has nominated three local heroes who have made it to the final. Read more »
  • HG/FIT Running Challenge Smashes Target for SMART Prebend Centre!
    Independent functional fitness gym HG/FIT and their supporters raise more than £3000 for the SMART Prebend Centre by walking and running every hour, on the hour. Read more »
  • SMART CJS NEWS BULLETIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY
    When we started this bulletin a year ago, we did not know what a devastating effect the pandemic would have on all our lives and society as a whole. We had no idea about the changes that would be required to keep our services open so we can continue to help those who need it the most. Read more »
  • HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
    Often we overindulge during the Christmas period and sometimes find it hard to get back on track. SMART Wokingham is offering a free online session to help residents of Wokingham understand if they are drinking too much and how to make small changes to cut down. Read more »
  • SMART CJS NEWS BULLETIN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
    The past two months have seen our teams overcome tremendous challenges - it's thanks to their unbelievable commitment that all SMART services remain open. We would not be able to do this without our incredible volunteers and generous donors; we do this together Read more »
  • SMART Opens new Hub – Initially for Safer Streets Project
    MEDIA RELEASE: Bedford based charity, SMART CJS, has announced that the SMART Prebend Centre premises will be used in a whole new way. The building, formally a day centre for rough sleepers and people experiencing homelessness will now act as a one-stop shop hub for a range of services, initiatives, and projects. Read more »
  • ONLINE CHAT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN WOKINGHAM
    BIG NEWS... Today SMART Wokingham launch a trial of 'LIVE CHAT' - an online service for young people living in Wokingham. LIVE CHAT provides an opportunity for under 18's to talk to the Wokingham team about anything to do with drugs or alcohol. Read more »
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