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Protect the SMART Prebend Centre Masquerade Ball and Fund

On the 14th September 2019 the SMART Prebend Centre will host a fabulous Masquerade Ball to raise much needed funds to cover essential running costs and repairs. Find out what’s happening on the night and help to protect our homeless centre in Bedford for years to come.

Superhero Scavenger Hunt Raises Over £5,000!!!

On Sunday 9th June the SMART Prebend Centre held their first annual family scavenger hunt to raise awareness and funds for the homeless day centre. Hundreds completed the hunt at Russell Park and a jolly good time was had by all who came along!

Celebrating SMART Volunteers

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. During 2018 SMART were lucky to have 42 regular volunteers and over 100 one-off volunteers donating their time and energy to the charity. Our Service Manager from SMART’s residential drug and alcohol detoxification service explains how important volunteering is to the project and we hear from two volunteers who are committed to helping residents at SMART Howard House.

Unicorn’s choose SMART as their Charity of the Year!

The Unicorn Club of Twyford donate £1,200 to SMART Wokingham to help make improvements to the service. The club was founded 40 years ago, by a number of professionals who, as friends, wanted to form an organisation offering something different to other groups. The focus, then and now, is primarily fellowship, with occasional fundraising activities supporting local charities.

Bedfords Superheroes!

The SMART Prebend Centre Family Superhero Scavenger hunt is less than a week away!!!

We’ve been blown away by the support we have received leading up to the event and are sincerely grateful to everyone who has shared, liked and commented on social media. Thanks to Bedford locals who have displayed posters, handed out flyers and generally been awesome!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Every year, thousands of supporters across the UK take part in Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the week took place from 13-19 May on the theme of Body Image. SMART teams across all of our projects used the week to focus on helping those who use our services to explore and discuss mental health.

Superhero Scavenger Hunt for the homeless!

On Sunday 9th June the SMART Prebend Centre will be hosting a family scavenger hunt to raise awareness and funds for the Bedford based homeless centre. The Prebend team would like to welcome as many people as possible from the local community and beyond to join the fun, family event.

SMART’s Impact Report 2018

Take a look at our Impact Report for 2018. The report provides a little insight into what’s been happening in SMART and highlights some of the successes of the last year.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 some facts and figures about our work.

CRIB appeal is just £13,000 away from target!

The SMART Prebend Centre has received a record number of donations towards the annual Christmas Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal. Donations allowed the team to support 200 homeless people in Bedford throughout December. There is still time to give towards the campaign.

Winter night beds are a success!

We are very proud to be able to offer twenty overnight beds to people who are sleeping rough in Bedford throughout the winter months, thanks to funding from MHCLG (Ministry of Housing).

Christmas Jumper Day rocks!

On Friday 14th November Karl Fedyk of AC Plc held a Christmas Jumper fundraiser for the SMART Prebend Centre. Many of the team at AC Plc got sponsored for coming to work in festive attire and they managed to raise an impressive £200!

Bedford backs CRIB appeal with amazing results!

The SMART Prebend Centre team launched the Christmas Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal at the beginning of December and they have already recieved  £21,000 in donations!! CRIB is vital as the money raised during this appeal helps to fund the centre throughout the winter months, a time that is extremely challenging for homeless people and rough sleepers.

Poppy and Cooper take Mum for a run!

On Sunday 16th December 2018, Teresa Moxam (dressed as Father Christmas) completed a 5K run around Bedford park, with her dogs Poppy and Cooper. The ‘Santa run’ raised much needed money and awareness for the SMART Prebend Centre in Bedford.

Team 4 leap into action and raise £500 for the SMART Prebend Centre!

Team 4 are a group of students led by Eleanor Richards who participated in a number of fundraising events over the summer to raise money for the SMART Prebend Centre. The team were taking part in a National Citizen Service (NCS) social action project with MK Dons Sport and Education Trust (SET).

SMART Prebend Centre dinner dance goes off with a bang!

On the 2nd November 2018 we welcomed 130 glamorous guests to the first annual SMART Prebend Centre dinner dance. Guests enjoyed canapés and reception drinks, soothing live jazz, a splendid three course meal, an entertaining auction, spectacular fireworks and a disco.

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