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SMART CJS NEWS BULLETIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY

A message from Anita McCallum, SMART CJS CEO:

“When we started this bulletin a year ago, we did not know what a devastating effect the pandemic would have on all our lives and society as a whole. We had no idea about the changes that would be required to keep our services open so we can continue to help those who need it the most.

When times are so tough for us all, its lovely to be able to share some good news. This bulletin is a very short read, but one that I hope makes you smile.

My Heartfelt thanks goes to every staff member, volunteer, trustee, donor, social media follower and community supporter for your continued energy, commitment and support during one of the most testing times our charity has seen.”

In this edition:

  • SMART and Bedford Borough Council likely to enter longer-term agreements to support people experiencing homelessness
  • Compassion, empathy and cake making in Milton Keynes
  • Free online sessions in Wokingham to combat Pandemic Drinking
  • Freedom from addiction at Howard House

The bulletin provides just a little insight into what is happening in our services. For a more in-depth understanding of what we do and why, please keep your eyes peeled for our Impact Report, due to be published soon.

READ THE NEWS BULLETIN

Pictured below: some of the SMART Bedford Team celebrating positive news for our Service Users.

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  • Virtual September Sleepout – Can you rough it for one night?
    On Saturday 24th September 2022, from 7pm to 7am, we will be holding our first fundraising event since Covid struck - the SMART Sleepout 2022! Please join us and help us to raise funds and awareness for the SMART Prebend Homeless Day Centre. Experience a little of what it’s like to be homeless and sleep rough. Read more...
  • WE ARE LOOKING FOR PASSIONATE PEOPLE TO BECOME SMART CJS TRUSTEES
    In a recent survey it was reported that over eight in ten of those performing Trustee roles said that it made them happier and over one in five said that they got a promotion as a result of their service. ​We are looking for enthusiastic 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're run according to the rules.​ Read more...
  • SMART CJS NEWS BULLETIN ISSUE 12
    News from SMART CJS’s projects in Bedford, Milton Keynes and Oxford - Awards, random acts of kindness, glorious gardening, mental health awareness week and celebrating 11 years of Howard House! Read more...
  • SMART CJS IMPACT REPORT 2021: Surviving and Thriving
    The Impact Report is finally here! Inspirational individuals, heart-warming stories and some of the key facts and figures from SMART CJS during 2021. Read more...
  • EXCITING NEW VOLUNTEERING ROLE IN MILTON KEYNES!
    We have an exciting new opportunity for an enthusiastic person/s to join the team at Norman Russell House (SMART’s supported accommodation in Milton Keynes for former rough sleepers) as the Activities Volunteer. Read more...
  • CELEBRATING 11 YEARS OF HOWARD HOUSE – PLEASE JOIN US!
    So far, we have welcomed around 14 people a day into the centre for a chat, a warm drink, and a hot takeaway meal. We have spoken to several people who are struggling to afford food because of the rise of living costs and the reduction of Universal Credit. People without a home have been able to talk about their situation, get food, collect their post (the building is a registered address for many) and use the phone to make essential calls. Read more...
  • THE SMART PREBEND HOMELESS CENTRE IS OPEN AGAIN – THANK YOU!
    So far, we have welcomed around 14 people a day into the centre for a chat, a warm drink, and a hot takeaway meal. We have spoken to several people who are struggling to afford food because of the rise of living costs and the reduction of Universal Credit. People without a home have been able to talk about their situation, get food, collect their post (the building is a registered address for many) and use the phone to make essential calls. Read more...
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