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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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  • SMART CJS IMPACT REPORT 2020: A YEAR OF CHANGES
    During 2020 we have helped at least 1500 individuals who have experienced rough sleeping and homelessness, and/or substance misuse. We believe that everyone needs a little help sometimes and, with trust, respect and honesty, people can make incredible changes. The 2020 report celebrates outstanding achievements made by amazing people! Read more...
  • EVERYDAY HEROES!
    On the 26th March, the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, will celebrate those who make Bedford brilliant. SMART CJS has nominated three local heroes who have made it to the final. Read more...
  • HG/FIT Running Challenge Smashes Target for SMART Prebend Centre!
    Independent functional fitness gym HG/FIT and their supporters raise more than £3000 for the SMART Prebend Centre by walking and running every hour, on the hour. Read more...
  • SMART CJS NEWS BULLETIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY
    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. Read more...
  • HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
    Often we overindulge during the Christmas period and sometimes find it hard to get back on track. SMART Wokingham is offering a free online session to help residents of Wokingham understand if they are drinking too much and how to make small changes to cut down. Read more...
  • SMART CJS NEWS BULLETIN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
    The past two months have seen our teams overcome tremendous challenges - it's thanks to their unbelievable commitment that all SMART services remain open. We would not be able to do this without our incredible volunteers and generous donors; we do this together Read more...
  • SMART Opens new Hub – Initially for Safer Streets Project
    MEDIA RELEASE: Bedford based charity, SMART CJS, has announced that the SMART Prebend Centre premises will be 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...
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