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SMART Prebend Centre

COVID-19 – Temporary closure of the SMART Prebend Centre

Following the latest government advice, the centre is currently closed. We have also closed the Somewhere Safe to Stay Hubs in Bedford and Milton Keynes. Working closely with Bedford Council, we have been able to secure hotel accommodation for our registered rough sleepers, so that our service users can self-isolate and keep safe. Our staff, volunteers and partners continue to provide as much support as possible to those who need help during this most challenging time.

Read the SMART CJS Guide to Understanding the Homeless and Rough Sleeper Community and COVID-19

About SMART Prebend Centre

The SMART Prebend Centre provides facilities, support and guidance; to relieve rough sleeping and to prevent further homelessness.

The day centre in Bedford is open every day of the year, supporting those who sleep rough, are vulnerably housed and often face issues around social isolation and exclusion. It is funded entirely on charitable donations and grants and the support of the local community; it is a place of safety, meeting the basic needs of service users; providing food, warmth, water, a place to get clean and rest.

It costs approximately £250,000 per annum to keep the project open. We generate all funds for the centre through fundraising activities. Our volunteers and fundraisers are a vital part of keeping the service going.

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What we do there

Every day of the year we provide vital facilities and services including:

  • Breakfast, lunch and emergency food packs
  • Showers and toiletries
  • Clothes
  • Phone and postal services
  • Advocacy and signposting
  • Clinics provided by nurses, chiropodists and vets

SMART Prebend Centre is a drop-in service, so referrals are not necessary. If you are a professional and wish to discuss a client that you have signposted to the Centre, then please call, and we’ll be happy to help.

Address and contact details

SMART Prebend Centre
12 Prebend St
MK40 1QW

 01234 365955

Opening Times

Monday- Friday 8.30am – 1pm

Saturday & Sunday 8.30am- 12.30pm

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Can you help?

Your generous donations are what helps us keep the service open. You can donate:

Food: tins of meat, tins of vegetables/potatoes, long life tins/packets of meals, tins of fruit, beans (i.e. baked beans, kidney beans, chickpeas etc.),  instant noodles/rice pots, chocolate bars, biscuits, cereal bars, fruit pots, individual cereal boxes, sachets/pots of milk, sugar, coffee, fruit juice/cans of drink, crisps, crackers.

Clothing: boxer shorts (medium particularly), knickers, bras, trousers, jeans, jogging bottoms, shorts (May-September) t-shirts, tops, socks, gloves & hats (October-March) waterproof jackets.

Toiletries:  deodorant sprays & sticks,  toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, hand gel, tissues (individual packs), baby wipes/wet wipes, dry shampoo.

Plus: Sleeping bags, blankets, tents, back-packs, first aid kits.  Please note that unfortunately we are unable to accept duvets.

There are often other items we need throughout the year, for our service users, and for use within the Centre. Please do get in contact with us if you have items you would like to donate that are not listed above 01234 365955 or email

How about becoming a volunteer or helping to raise funds? Get in touch for more information

Donate and support our work

Take a look at our current appeal and please donate if you can. Thank you.

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Find out more about fundraising for the centre>>

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