READ THE SMART CJS IMPACT REPORT 2019: Evolving in Difficult Times and Proving our Worth

News

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

-->
Quick exit — hide this page now!