We need your help to keep the SMART Prebend Centre open this winter. Read more>>

Home | News | New Trustees Join SMART CJS Board

New Trustees Join SMART CJS Board

We are delighted to welcome Dr Fatima Sogiawalla and Jono Poon to join our diverse Board of Trustees. The new recruits bring a combined expertise in healthcare, communications, digital marketing and leadership.

Fatima, who has 27 years’ experience in the medical profession, including 9 years as a consultant at Bedford Hospital explains:

“I have always longed to serve the less fortunate and feel very strongly about the situation with homelessness in UK and elsewhere. With my background in medicine, I can contribute to issues related to homeless people including mental health, alcohol and drug use. I feel privileged to have joined SMART CJS and want to contribute towards this great cause and bring about change, particularly in our beautiful town of Bedford.”

Trustees are the people who give their time and expertise to charities for free. They lend their skills and experience to evaluate opportunities for growth and development. Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it is run in the interests of the people it is there to support.

Digital Marketing and business growth specialist, Jono Poon said:

“I’ve joined SMART CJS as a Trustee, because I believe in the vision and values of the charity; to help others achieve their fullest potential, by empowering them to make positive changes. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to give back to the community and to make a big impact through the organisation. I’ve always had a passion to support those who need help and SMART CJS is a fantastic place I can do this.”

Pictured below, in front of the Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) fundraising totaliser, from left to right is SMART CJS Trustees:  Jono Poon, Fergus Crombie (existing Trustee) and Fatima Sogiawalla.

Our new Board members bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to SMART CJS and have experience of working across the public and private sectors. Fatima is currently lending her support to the Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) Appeal and Jono is focused on supporting SMART projects in Bedford and Milton Keynes.

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES AT SMART CJS

LEARN MORE ABOUT CRIB


  • SMART Prebend Centre homeless appeal – one week left and just £3k to go!
    The SMART Prebend Centre Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal is in its final week and is tantalisingly close to hitting the campaign target of £60,000. The annual appeal has received a record number of donations, totalling £57,000, which has helped the homeless day centre to stay open during the harsh winter months. Read more...
  • SMART CJS News Bulletin – Issue 1
    February 2020, marks the launch of the SMART CJS News Bulletin - a roundup of what's been happening across our small charity with a big heart. In this edition you can read about open days, New Year clinics, a decade at Howard House and of course, our magnificent team members, fabulous fundraisers and dedicated volunteers Read more...
  • SMART Wokingham Launch Revised Family Support Service
    Are you being affected by another person’s drug or alcohol use? When you are worried about someone’s alcohol or drugs misuse, it can be easy to put all your energy into supporting them, and forget about your own needs. It’s important to recognise that by looking after yourself, you will be in a better position to offer support to someone else. Read more...
  • New Trustees Join SMART CJS Board
    We are delighted to welcome Dr Fatima Sogiawalla and Jono Poon to join our diverse Board of Trustees. The new recruits bring a combined expertise in healthcare, communications, digital marketing and leadership. Read more...
  • Communities come together to support SMART!
    We were thrilled to host open day events at Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub (Milton Keynes) and the SMART Prebend Centre (Bedford), in January. SMART teams welcomed over 100 visitors across two days, providing an opportunity for residents, local businesses and partner agencies to take a tour, talk to staff and find out how SMART CJS is working to prevent homelessness and relieve rough sleeping in Bedford and Milton Keynes.  Read more...
Quick exit — hide this page now!