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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 »
  • 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 »
  • New Trustee for SMART CJS
    Sarah Ladbrook, FCCA, has worked in a range of sectors including utilities, software, technology, asset management, retail, charitable and hospitality.  She brings with her Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Reporting and Forecasting experience. She also knows a lot about Xero – the accounting package that SMART uses – a real bonus! Read more »
  • Alcohol Awareness Week: Speaking up about Alcohol & Mental health
    This week SMART Wokingham, drug and alcohol support service will be joining 3,000 other community groups across the UK for Alcohol Awareness Week – led by Alcohol Change UK  –  to raise awareness of the link between alcohol and mental health, to speak out about the issues and the stigma surrounding them, and encourage anyone who is struggling to seek the support they deserve. Read more »
  • SMART CJS NEWS BULLETIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
    New Lockdown, Same Pandemic: Demand Rises for SMART CJS Services and Support. We are back to stricter lockdown measures for the month of November. Our services will continue to run, but look out for some adjustments. Read more »
  • CREATIVE FUNDRAISING BY KATIE!
    "I thought I might be able to make a little money for charity by raffling off my most recent new products before they are released for sale. I wanted to help local smaller charities who’ve needed to adapt quickly during COVID, and I knew SMART had to make big changes to continue supporting the homeless of Bedford." Read more »
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