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Dry January comes to an end

We have seen an enormous amount of activity in our services during January to support Dry January; Alcohol Concern’s flagship campaign which has been changing the conversation about alcohol over the past 5 years. Without prompting it seems that some of our services have locked into a mocktail competition, one of them being Wokingham. Here’s what… Read more »

Residents talk about Christmas at SMART Howard House

“This place is really special; I’m blessed to be here. Christmas was beautiful here, there was so much nice food and we all got gifts on Christmas morning, we played games and sang Christmas songs. Christmas on the outside has always been dark and sad for me but in here it was the total opposite:… Read more »

Rose reflects on spending Christmas at SMART Howard House

Rose, talks about Christmas at SMART Howard House, our residential treatment centre… “I had never been away from my family and friends at Christmas before so I was apprehensive about spending it at SMART Howard House. Would I be sad? Would I be lonely? Not a bit of it! The day the decorations went up… Read more »

Dry January

Dry January is Alcohol Concern’s flagship campaign which has been changing the conversation about alcohol over the past 5 years. Taking part in the campaign is a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, and save some serious £££ by giving up alcohol for 31 days. In the words of Professor Kevin Moore: “If someone had… Read more »

Lifeline contacts this Christmas

It may sound silly, but sometimes we forget about the support that is always available. In times of need we panic and convince ourselves that there is no one to talk to and there is no help. This is by no means an exhaustive list and more info can be found elsewhere on the website, but… Read more »

Hints and tips to help get through this Christmas!

Christmas can be a very scary time of the year. This may be your first Christmas in a long time without the involvement of drugs or alcohol. You may have reduced your drug or alcohol use and wish to maintain it. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare and many others are your position. It… Read more »

SMART turns 20!

This month SMART turned 20 years old. It’s safe to say that SMART has been through enormous change over the past 20 years and this will undoubtedly continue, such is the nature of our work. Through change comes growth; for our employees, our Services Users and our organisation. What’s remarkable is that throughout immensely challenging times we continue… Read more »

Mike Howard, a Co-Founder of SMART reflects on SMART turning 20!

SMART really began much earlier than anyone thinks, about five years before we actually setup the charity. Having been thrown together in very interesting circumstances, both Phil Skillen (Co-Founder) and I soon learnt that we shared the same values and concerns when it came to those struggling with addiction. Phil very much provided the inspiration… Read more »

Mary shares her thoughts on SMART’s 20th anniversary

I have been working for SMART for over 8 years and the time has just flown by. I’ve had varied roles with SMART, initially I was employed as a HR Officer, then a HR Advisor, an Office Manager and most recently the Manager of Support Services, our central support team.  It’s a busy working environment,… Read more »

SMART featured in the Bucks Student magazine

Amy Hurst, a student on placement writes about her time with SMART and how together they raised awareness around alcohol and substance use with students at Bucks University. “During my second year of studying BSc Social Work, I completed a 70-day placement at Smart in High Wycombe. Smart provides initial support for individuals who experience various… Read more »

Alcohol Awareness Week 2016

We are right in the middle of Alcohol Awareness Week 2016, which has seen our services bring an extra drive on raising awareness of the risks associated with alcohol. In January 2016, the guidance around recommended limits of alcohol was updated by the CMO. The new guidance states that the limits for both men and… Read more »

Meet Sajida Maqbool, HR officer for SMART

  Tell us a little about yourself: “I was born and brought up in Dubai, no doubt a wonderful place to live. I moved to UK in 2011. I have done Masters in Human Resource Management. I am also a qualified PHR – Professional in Human Resource with more than 6 years of experience in… Read more »

Update – Gabriela fund raising Marathon for SMART!

Well done to Gabriela, who works for SMART JKP, our alcohol support service in Luton. Gabriela completed Luton Love’s half marathon and raised £130 for SMART! “I have been running since beginning of January 2016, I have made new year’s resolution to get fitter and so here I am. For the actual half marathon, I… Read more »

The power of SMART chat

I was visiting our satellite service in Ascot today, which is open once a week to support Service Users who find it difficult to access our locations in Windsor/Maidenhead and Bracknell. I spent time with Lee (Recovery Facilitator) and Alice (Health and Well-being Nurse), who were inspirational in the kindness and empathy they expressed when… Read more »

SMART and asc have merged!

We are delighted to announce that, on 14th April 2016, SMART and alcohol services for the community (asc) merged into a single organisation, now operating under the name of SMART. SMART and asc have been working in close partnership for the past year, sharing the experience and expertise of our diverse workforce. We have learned… Read more »

Alcohol Awareness Week 2015

More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits yet an estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing. This week is National Alcohol Awareness week, aimed at getting people thinking and talking about the effects of alcohol on us, our loved ones, and our… Read more »

The Beacon goes live in Bucks

The Beacon is the free and friendly text service that warns the community of dangerous and dodgy drugs in the Buckinghamshire area. This is a unique way of staying up-to-date with dangers and passing that information on to those that need to hear it – clients and colleagues! Sign up now!! For updates on Depressants,… Read more »

Duncan and Naomi’s Cycling Challenge Update

Duncan and Naomi are cycling coast to coast, crossing the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors (that’s 200 miles off-road) in just three days; raising money for SMART Howard House. Find out more about the challenge here Challenge update: New fundraising total £5,026!!!! We did it! This total includes Gift Aid:… Read more »

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