READ THE SMART CJS IMPACT REPORT 2019: Evolving in Difficult Times and Proving our Worth

Volunteer with SMART

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help in our busy services and as part of our central team. Volunteering opportunities are diverse with positions currently available in Bedford, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Wokingham and from home.

We work hard to make sure our volunteers learn new skills and get the support they need. We offer advice, support and training throughout most volunteering opportunities. You will become a vital part of the team.

Please check the locations of each of our buildings, as most volunteering positions are for roles that require you to travel and work from within the service itself. Your travel will be reimbursed.

Due to the nature of our work you will be required to complete a DBS form (Disclosure and Baring Service) check for many of our volunteer positions. For these roles, DBS clearance will be required before you commence working with us. SMART CJS will pay for your DBS check.

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Extract from SMART CJS 2019 Impact Report 

Current volunteering opportunities include:

SMART Trustee

Join our Board of Trustees – We are looking for passionate 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 operate according to the rules.​ Find out more>>

SMART Support Services (Head Office) in Bedford

Support Services provide core support for SMART CJS teams.  If you have good skills and a little spare time, you could make a big difference to our small charity. We need the following volunteers:

Video editing volunteer – help to build, edit and enhance our use of digital video. Assemble recorded raw material into a finished product that’s suitable for use online. Homeworking is preferable.

Graphic design volunteer – work with the Communications Manager to create designs for digital and printed promotional materials. Homeworking is preferable.

Fundraising volunteer – help coordinate fundraising events and assist with grant applications. Some experience in fundraising is necessary. Homeworking is preferable.

Digital marketing volunteer – assist the Communications Manager to improve SMART CJS’s online marketing, CRM and develop social media. Homeworking is possible.

Copywriter volunteer – help to generate content for the website, social media and press releases. Experiencing in writing (preferably copywriting) is necessary. Homeworking is preferable.

SMART Prebend Centre in Bedford

NOTE: SMART Prebend Centre is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. We are presently operating our homeless services from a temporary base in Bedford. Please complete the form to discuss current volunteering opportunities.

The Centre is open 365 days a year providing vital facilities and services for the homeless and vulnerably housed in Bedford. If you want to be involved on the front line, these volunteer opportunities are for you! We need the following volunteers at the SMART Prebend Centre:

General Volunteer – help with the day to day running of the centre. This could be on the reception desk, helping with our clothing stores, assisting in the dining area or even helping to process the food donations that we receive. This is a varied role and DBS clearance would be required.

Kitchen volunteer – assist the centre cook with meal preparation and clear up. You will need to complete a food hygiene certificate, which we will pay for. DBS clearance will be required.

Support volunteers – ideal for those interested in pursuing a career in social care; experience would be gained in assessment skills, and one-to-one working. You will be working directly with visitors to the centre. You will receive support, training and supervision. No experience is necessary, however, you must be passionate about working and helping vulnerable people. DBS clearance will be required.

Admin volunteer – help the team with administrative tasks needed at the centre including replying to website enquiries, supporting the team to log client intervention records, sending out appeal letters or even thank you notes to our donators. DBS clearance may be required for this role.

Fundraising volunteer – help coordinate fundraising events, assist with grant writing (dependent on your experience) and collection of donations from local supermarkets and the local community. Some experience of fundraising would be beneficial, but not necessary.

Somewhere Safe to Stay (SStS) Hubs in Milton Keynes and Bedford

NOTE: SSts Hubs are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. We are presently operating our homeless services from a temporary base in Bedford and Milton Keynes. Please complete the form to discuss current volunteering opportunities.

SStS is open 24 hours a day, offering emergency homelessness advice and somewhere safe for people who are sleeping rough to stay for a short time. Opportunities available in Bedford and Milton Keynes include:

Outreach support volunteers – work alongside outreach workers by visiting and talking to rough sleepers. This role could include helping to plan and run events aimed at supporting rough sleepers. No previous experience is necessary, but you must be passionate about helping vulnerable people. DBS clearance will be required.

Hub volunteers – help the team within one of the hubs. This role can be varied and could include completing assessments with homeless people, running small groups and helping the homeless and vulnerably housed find accommodation. No previous experience is necessary, but you must be passionate about helping vulnerable people. DBS clearance will be required.

SMART Wokingham

NOTE: SMART Wokingham is currently unable to recruit volunteers to start immediately due to COVID-19, but we’d love to hear from you to discuss future volunteering opportunities. Please get in touch by completing the volunteering form.

SMART Wokingham provide community-based drug and alcohol treatment for adults and young people in Wokingham. The service offers one-to-one recovery sessions, assessments, group activities, well-being clinics and a needle exchange. SMART Wokingham require the following volunteers:

Admin volunteer – help the team with administrative tasks needed at the service, including replying to website enquiries, data input, assisting with fundraising, supporting the team to log client intervention records, sending out appeal letters or even thank you notes to our supporters. DBS clearance may be required for this role.

SMART Howard House in Oxford

SMART Howard House provides residential treatment and alcohol/drug detoxification to residents in Oxford. The house has up to 12 residents, supported by a small team offering a mixture of one-to-one support and group activities. SMART Howard House volunteering opportunities include:

Volunteer Counsellor – offer counselling to residents staying in the house. You will need to be in your second year of a Level 4 Counselling diploma or be a qualified counsellor. You should have or be working towards membership of a professional body e.g. BACP. You should currently be receiving supervision. DBS clearance will be required.

Admin volunteer – help the team with administrative tasks needed at the centre including replying to website enquiries, data input, assisting with fundraising, supporting the team to log client intervention records, sending out appeal letters or even thank you notes to our donors. DBS clearance may be required for this role.

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We value our volunteers

“Volunteers are essential in enabling SMART to deliver successful and sustained outcomes for our service users. Your time, skills and personalities are integral to SMART’s achievements.”

Anita McCallum, SMART CEO.

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