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.

SMART Wokingham Launch Revised Family Support Service

Are you being affected by another person’s drug or alcohol use? When you are worried about someone’s alcohol or drugs misuse, it can be easy to put all your energy into supporting them, and forget about your own needs. It’s important to recognise that by looking after yourself, you will be in a better position to offer support to someone else.

SMART Prebend Centre homeless appeal – one week left and just £3k to go!

The SMART Prebend Centre Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal is in its final week and is tantalisingly close to hitting the campaign target of £60,000. The annual appeal has received a record number of donations, totalling £57,000, which has helped the homeless day centre to stay open during the harsh winter months.

SMART CJS News Bulletin – Issue 1

February 2020, marks the launch of the SMART CJS News Bulletin – a roundup of what’s been happening across our small charity with a big heart. In this edition you can read about open days, New Year clinics, a decade at Howard House and of course, our magnificent team members, fabulous fundraisers and dedicated volunteers

New Trustees Join SMART CJS Board

We are delighted to welcome Dr Fatima Sogiawalla and Jono Poon to join our diverse Board of Trustees. The new recruits bring a combined expertise in healthcare, communications, digital marketing and leadership.

Communities come together to support SMART!

We were thrilled to host open day events at Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub (Milton Keynes) and the SMART Prebend Centre (Bedford), in January. SMART teams welcomed over 100 visitors across two days, providing an opportunity for residents, local businesses and partner agencies to take a tour, talk to staff and find out how SMART CJS is working to prevent homelessness and relieve rough sleeping in Bedford and Milton Keynes. 

Smiles for SMART Courtesy of Castle Comedy and Bedford Park Rotary

Castle Comedy, in conjunction with Bedford Park Rotary held a fabulous fundraising night for the SMART Prebend Centre last month. We are delighted to announce that we have received a total of £1546 from the event, including a cheque for £1000 from Bedford Park Rotary and £546 from the Castle Comedy reverse auction. 

A Warm Welcome to the SMART Prebend Centre Open Day – Friday 31st January

On Friday 31st January 2020, our homeless day centre in Bedford, the SMART Prebend Centre, is holding an open day, between 2-5pm. This is an opportunity for residents, local businesses and partner agencies to take a tour, talk to staff and find out about homelessness and how the service supports those who desperately need it.

SMART Prebend Centre CRIB Appeal is halfway towards £60K target!

SMART CJS launched its Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal in November to raise funds for the SMART Prebend Centre.  This years target of £60,000 is higher than previous years, because the demands on the centre are greater and urgent repairs are needed to the building to keep it open.

Ministry of Housing visit Somewhere Safe to Stay

On 11th December 2019 the team at Somewhere Safe to Stay in Bedford welcomed Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) Deputy Directory, Catherine Bennion and Ben Wright, Policy Advisory, Rough Sleeper Delivery.

Autoglass Helps Deliver a Warmer Christmas at SMART Prebend Centre

Staff from Autoglass® HQ in Bedford (one of the town’s largest employers) came into the SMART Prebend Centre to help with the Christmas donations received and enable regular staff at the centre to devote more time to those accessing services 365 days a year.

Open Morning at Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub

On the 5th December Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub – Bedford, held their first Open morning. The team offered pre-booked tours, welcoming professional and members of the general public into the centre for an opportunity to learn more about the project.

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