SMART Prebend Centre

The SMART Prebend Centre is currently unable to operate as a homeless day centre due to COVID-19 restrictions.

SMART CJS is temporarily running its homeless services from a hotel location and continues to provide support and compassion for people experiencing homelessness in Bedford. 


The SMART Prebend Centre is currently being used in a whole new way. The building, formally a day centre for rough sleepers and people experiencing homelessness will now act as a one-stop shop hub for a range of services, initiatives, and projects. Read more>>



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.

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

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

Take a look at SMART Prebend Centre facts and figures from 2019>>

Donate and support our work

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

Take a look at our fundraising heroes! Could this be you?

Find out more about fundraising for the centre>>

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