Bedford Modern Schools showing their support!
A massive thank you to Bedford Modern Schools for their support in improving the Prebend Day Centre; a drop-in centre for homeless and vulnerable people in Bedford.
On Tuesday 27th June, sixteen Year 12 students and 4 teachers from the Sixth Form decorated the three main areas of the centre; the dining area, the rec’ room and the lounge. In order to purchase the materials needed to complete this huge task, the students worked hard to raise funds prior to the day. Teachers and students raised an additional £120, which was used to buy new lamp shades, door signs and pictures.
Ten of the centre’s Service Users joined the centre staff to decorate the new reception area, which will be opened on 1st July 17. The reception will be finished in the next few days with a mural which has been designed and will be installed by Service Users of the centre.
As if the internal decoration wasn’t enough for one day’s work, a combined effort from Service Users, centre staff and some of the teachers saw new life given to the centre’s court yard, with new paint work on all the doors and window frames.
On behalf of the SMART team and all those who use the Prebend Centre we would like to thank and applaud Bedford Modern Schools for all their hard work.
“The centre is looking brighter, tidier and cleaner, which is fantastic! There is a positive buzz amongst the team and our clients today, which is a joy to be a part of. I’d like to extend my personal thanks to everyone at Bedford Modern Schools who have been a part of supporting our exciting and essential project.” Lisa Harrison – SMART Area Manager, Bucks & Beds.
12-14 Prebend Street
The centre is open 8.30-12 noon 365 days per year and provides vital facilities and services including:
- Breakfast, lunch, emergency food packs
- Showers and toiletries
- Phone and postal services
- Storage of personal documents
- Advocacy and signposting
- Clinics provided by nurses
- Quarterly Vet, Chiropodist and dental clinics
This service is well supported by the local community. Currently SMART are working closely with the staff to identify a development plan to improve the facilities, processes and delivery.
The key aim is to increase opening hours and develop targeted interventions promoting growth and change.
So what’s changed since SMART took over managing the Prebend Service?
We’ve been working hard over the past 12 weeks to improve the service including:
- Consultation with Service Users and Staff
- Development of staff skills
- Introduction of new interventions
- Redecoration throughout
- New fire alarms throughout
- New reception area
- New flooring in kitchen and dining areas
- New ceiling lights
- New door entry system