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SMART PREBEND CENTRE COVID-19 APPEAL UPDATE

  • 105 DONATIONS MADE.

  • 36% OF TARGET REACHED.

  • £9,109 RAISED.

  • WE STILL DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP.

Back in March, when the country went into lockdown, we realised that we were going to have a SHORTFALL of £25,000 in donations from the groups which normally meet and raise funds for our projects. We also anticipated additional money being required to relocate and change our service model. This is why we launched our emergency appeal, which, with your help, has raised £9,109 so far. 

Your donations are helping us to cover the cost of Personal Protective Equipment for our frontline staff and volunteers and provision of basic toiletries. You have also helped to fund the purchase of new laptops, as our fixed, desktop computers are not available at the hotel and our teams need to access confidential information and keep accurate records.

As you can see, we are a long way from reaching our target! We now urgently need your ongoing support to help cover our additional staffing costs and to ensure the future of the SMART Prebend Centre when we reopen. We know that many people have been hit hard by unemployment and loss of income as a result of Covid-19 and the SMART Prebend Centre will play an essential role in supporting the Bedford community through the tough times that lay ahead.

PLEASE DONATE

We understand the current crisis has personally impacted many people and your financial situation may have changed, but if you can donate, please do so, on behalf of those who can’t. PLEASE also help us to spread the message that we still need financial support so we can hit our £25,000 target.

Homelessness in Bedford has already increased as a result of the pandemic. People have lost the means to pay for their housing – whether it be rented or through a mortgage. We must continue to work together to ensure there will be SMART CJS services available for people who will sadly fall into this category.


  • THANK YOU FROM SMART CJS’s CEO
    “I have been overwhelmed by the support we have received over the past four months in Bedford; the local response to COVID-19 has been unbelievable. Communities have united to support SMART CJS and smash the SMART Prebend Centre emergency appeal target! Read more...
  • £25,000 SMART PREBEND CENTRE COVID-19 APPEAL TARGET SMASHED!
    A message from Anita McCallum, SMART CJS CEO. "I am delighted to report that, thanks to the generosity and kindness of SMART CJS supporters, the SMART Prebend Centre emergency appeal has reached an amazing £26,500." 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 MAY/JUNE
    SMART CJS’s services continue to be heavily influenced by the current pandemic and keeping staff and users of our services safe. We continue to redesign how we work to keep helping those who need it – with ever-increasing demand from those who have been badly affected. Read more...
  • Panacea Trust Awards SMART CJS £20k to Help Fund Essential Homeless Services
    SMART CJS is delighted to have been awarded a much-needed grant of £20,000 from the Panacea Charitable Trust, a charity based in Bedford. This fantastic contribution will help to cover, otherwise unfunded, staffing costs as they continue to deliver an emergency response to the outbreak of Covid-19 for Bedford’s homeless population. Read more...
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