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Our Latest Fundraising Hero!

Bedford local Charles is raising money for the SMART Prebend Centre by taking part in the Big Stamford Bridge Sleep Out!

Somewhere Safe to Stay!

We are soon to open the “Somewhere Safe to Stay” hubs in Bedford and Milton Keynes and our dedicated teams and contractors have been working hard to transform the buildings in Harpur Street in Bedford and Drayton Road in Milton Keynes.

Better food and big savings for the SMART Prebend Centre

Sofea and Fareshare have helped to cut the SMART Prebend Centre’s food costs in half, as well as enabling our chef to offer nutritional meals those who use our service. We were delighted to be asked to speak at the opening of their new centre. Watch a report by ITV News.

SMART Prebend Centre Ball Banks £10K for Essential Repairs

SMART CJS hosts an annual dinner dance to raise funds for the SMART Prebend Centre, and this year’s event was held on Saturday 14th September, at the Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford with a Masquerade Ball theme. Over 100 people attended and a good time was had by all. Everyone had great fun with the mask concept; it’s amazing what people have in their wardrobes from phantom of the opera half masks to original Venetian ones!

Our Youngest Fundraising Hero

My name is Ruby and I am 9 years old. I am trying to raise £100 to help homeless people. I want to do this because I want to help people who don’t have a home and I like helping people.

We are looking for passionate people to become SMART 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.​

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.

Katy and Joe to conquer Kilimanjaro!

Two fearless fundraisers are aiming to raise £1500 for SMART by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of a loved family member, who sadly lost her life as a result of alcohol use disorder.

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.

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