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.

Local business owners back CRIB

On the 6th December our Communications and Business Development Manager took to the streets with Fergus, one of our dedicated Trustees, and Sarah, a passionate SMART Prebend volunteer. The aim of the outing was to visit independent shops in Bedford to spread the word about our annual appeal to help keep the centre open during the harsh winter months (CRIB).

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.​

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