Become a volunteer

Volunteering with SMART

Our volunteers play a crucial role in helping us achieve our mission. At times, we rely on them as much as we rely on our own employees. 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 and from home. 

Volunteering is a hugely rewarding way to not only support a local charity but also gives you that feeling of achievement that money simply cannot buy. It’s a great way to help people in your own community and is often a brilliant way to make new friends. By dedicating your time and energy to help, you can make a meaningful difference.

 

Please take a look below for our current volunteering opportunities.

How to apply to be a volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering with us, we encourage you to fill in the form below. We will be in touch with you shortly to discuss the opportunities that are available and answer any questions you may have. We will then schedule an informal interview, check your ID, and carry out an enhanced DBS check.

Thank you for your interest in supporting SMART. 

We look forward to working with you!

Please send any questions and queries to volunteering@smartcjs.org.uk.

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Current Volunteering Opportunities

Prebend Support Hub

Serving meals: Our kitchen serves hot meals to those in need every day, and we rely on volunteers to help us prepare and serve food.

Donation sorting: We receive a lot of donations, and we need volunteers to help us sort and organize them so that we can distribute them to those in need.

Administrative support: If you have skills in areas such as data entry, social media management, or graphic design, we would love to have your help with our day-to-day operations.

SMART Trustee

Currently, there are no volunteering opportunities

Rogers Court

Currently, there are no volunteering opportunities at Rogers Court 

Emergency Shelter

Currently, there are no volunteering opportunities

Volunteering with our central team

Perhaps you have a particular set of skills that you would like to offer SMART? Maybe working from home is more your thing. Maybe you’re a whizz at digital marketing, or a dab hand at administration, or you’re a super-talented film maker. Whatever your skill set is, please get in touch as there may well be some work that you could support us with. If that’s the case, we’d love to hear from you. Please email volunteering@smartcjs.org.uk and one of us will be in touch.

Volunteering at fundraising events

You do not need to be an expert on our charity to help with any of these opportunities. Training and resources are always provided by our Volunteering and Fundraising Manager.

No matter how you choose to get involved, your contribution as a volunteer is invaluable. Not only will you be helping people, but you will also be joining a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about making a difference. For events where we require volunteer support please see fundraising events below. 

Fundraising Events

Wonderful Volunteers Needed!

Bedford River Festival 2024

The legendary and much-loved Bedford River Festival is back for 2024 and promises to be bigger and better than ever! The dates for this year’s event is Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July. There will be live entertainment, fairground rides, raft and dragon boat races, food & drink stalls, plus more to be confirmed. The organisers (Bedford Borough Council) are anticipating over 250,000 visitors, over 250 traders and charities and 1,450 participants! This is the second highest most popular community festival after Notting Hill.  SMART will be there hosting a stand at the festival throughout both days to help raise the profile of our amazing charity and raise some funds to help towards the running of the Prebend Centre Support Hub. On offer will be several games for kids, including the infamous Human Fruit Machine, with prizes to be won!

Volunteers Needed!

This is always a fantastic event with a truly brilliant atmosphere. The River Festival is bound to be the highlight of the year, so why not come along and join in the fun! SMART is looking for fun, energetic volunteers to help at our stall. Please fill in this form below if you would be interested in helping. 

Please email us with any questions or queries about the weekend volunteering@smartcjs.org.uk.

Further information will follow as we find out more. The official website can be found here: Bedford River Festival: Official event website

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Spring walk 24

Wonderful Volunteers Needed!

To be held in May more details to follow…

Bedford running fest logo 24

Wonderful Volunteers Needed!

The Bedford running festival will be happing again this year and we will need runners and volunteers on the day. 

To register your interest to run at this early stage please email fundraising@smartcjs.org.uk if you wish to volunteer then please fill out the form above and someone will be in touch. 

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Wonderful Volunteers Needed!

The SMART Cold Relief In Bedford appeal runs yearly keep an eye out for updates. More information to follow later in the year. If you wish to volunteer for any of the events that apply to the CRIB appeal please fill out the form above and someone will be in touch. 

How to apply to be a volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering with us, we encourage you to fill in the form below. We will be in touch with you shortly to discuss the opportunities that are available and answer any questions you may have. We will then schedule an informal interview, check your ID, and carry out an enhanced DBS check.

Thank you for your interest in supporting SMART. 

We look forward to working with you!

Please send any questions and queries to volunteering@smartcjs.org.uk.

Learn More About Volunteering!