We need your help to keep the SMART Prebend Centre open this winter. Read more>>

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 »
  • Open Morning at Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub
    On the 5th December Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub - Bedford, held their first Open morning. The team offered pre-booked tours, welcoming professional and members of the general public into the centre for an opportunity to learn more about the project. Read more »
  • Local business owners back CRIB
    On the 6th December our Communications and Business Development Manager took to the streets with Fergus, one of our dedicated Trustees, and Sarah, a passionate SMART Prebend volunteer. The aim of the outing was to visit independent shops in Bedford to spread the word about our annual appeal to help keep the centre open during the harsh winter months (CRIB). Read more »
  • Join SMART Wokingham for a jingle and a mingle!
    The SMART Wokingham team are holding a Carol Service on the 20th December, to bring the local community together and recognise how difficult it can be for some who are using the service during Christmas. Read more »
  • Injuries, aches, pains and emotions for SMART!
    In July 2019 Shashi, Rommana and Tay walked 96 miles along the West Highland way, from Milngavie to Fort William in Scotland to raise funds for three homelessness charities in Bedford including the SMART Prebend Centre. Read more »
  • Lighting up Cardington to help Bedford’s homeless!
    Our most recent fundraising heroes, Jenny and Stuart, are lighting up their home in Cardington to raise funds for the SMART Prebend Centre. We are reliably informed that you can (probably!) see the display from space! Read more »
  • SMART Prebend Centre Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) goes live!
    This week SMART CJS launches the annual SMART Prebend Centre CRIB appeal, once again calling on local residents and businesses to support Bedford’s homeless throughout the cold winter months. With predictions of the coldest winter in a decade and some of our most vulnerable residents sleeping on the street, the work of the centre has never been more important! Read more »
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