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THANK YOU FROM SMART CJS’s CEO

“I have been overwhelmed by the support we have received over the past four months in Bedford; the local response to COVID-19 has been unbelievable. Communities have united to support SMART CJS and smash the SMART Prebend Centre emergency appeal target!

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.​

SMART CJS NEWS BULLETIN MAY/JUNE

SMART CJS’s services continue to be heavily influenced by the current pandemic and keeping staff and users of our services safe. We continue to redesign how we work to keep helping those who need it – with ever-increasing demand from those who have been badly affected.

Panacea Trust Awards SMART CJS £20k to Help Fund Essential Homeless Services

SMART CJS is delighted to have been awarded a much-needed grant of £20,000 from the Panacea Charitable Trust, a charity based in Bedford. This fantastic contribution will help to cover, otherwise unfunded, staffing costs as they continue to deliver an emergency response to the outbreak of Covid-19 for Bedford’s homeless population.

SMART CJS wins £1,000 Movement for Good award

SMART CJS has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from our supporters. We are one of 500 winners in specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.

SMART PREBEND CENTRE COVID-19 APPEAL UPDATE

Back in March, when the country went into lockdown, we realised that we were going to have a SHORTFALL of £25,000 in donations from the groups which normally meet and raise funds for our projects. We also anticipated additional money being required to relocate and change our service model. This is why we launched our emergency appeal, which, with your help, has raised £9,109 so far. 

SMART CJS NEWS BULLETIN MARCH AND APRIL 2020

Read our latest news bulletin for March and April. This edition will look at the impact COVID-19 has had on SMART CJS’s services and how we have had to redesign how we work to keep helping those in need.

SMART CJS IMPACT REPORT 2019: EVOLVING IN DIFFICULT TIMES AND PROVING OUR WORTH

We are proud of our work and feel privileged to have the opportunity to help people to help themselves. We care greatly for all of our service users and are motivated to help them to succeed. The report includes some of their stories, along with facts and figures about our work. We hope that you find it informative and inspirational.

SMART CJS Critical Homeless Services Update

SMART CJS’s normal service and support to rough sleepers and the homeless in Bedford and Milton Keynes has been severely disrupted due to the current pandemic. Restrictions and safety directives from the Government advise everyone to STAY AT HOME. Hostels and centres have had to close to ensure that social distancing rules are observed. WE NEED YOUR HELP

SMART CJS Service Changes – COVID-19

Information, advice and resources for people due to attend SMART CJS services. We are continually updating our information and ensuring a safe environment for our service users, staff, suppliers, sub-contractors and volunteers.

CTM-IT’s Charity of the Year is SMART CJS

We are delighted to have been nominated as CTM-IT’s charity of the year! CTM’s main fundraising focus will be on collaborating and supporting SMART CJS homeless and rough sleepers services in Bedford and Milton Keynes. This will include raising money for the Prebend Centre in Bedford, which receives no statutory funding and needs to raise £250K per year to stay open.

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