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.
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.
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!
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!
Bedford local Charles is raising money for the SMART Prebend Centre by taking part in the Big Stamford Bridge Sleep Out!
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
Residents at SMART Howard House enjoy a visit from Ashmolean (Museum of Art and Archaeology at University of Oxford)to learn about snakes, elephants and more!
We are thrilled to announce, My Estate, a property lettings and sale agent in Bedford and Luton have made a generous donation to sponsor the SMART Prebend Centre Masquarade ball on Saturday 14th September.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
It’s competition time!! Simply answer the question for your chance to win two FREE tickets to the Masquerade Ball and a FREE overnight stay at the Sharnbrook Hotel, including breakfast for two! The prize draw runs from 10am Thursday 8th August and ends at 10am Thursday 15th August. So what are you waiting for?
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!
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.