A local day centre for the homeless in Bedford is opening its doors to the public on Friday 31 January, inviting local residents, businesses and partner agencies to take a tour.
The SMART Prebend Centre’s open day takes place between 2-5pm and staff will be hand to show visitors around and talk about homelessness and how the service supports those who desperately need it.
Lisa Harrison, SMART CJS Area Manager explains: “We have experienced unexpected, major works at the centre over the past few weeks, which has meant we weren’t able to host our originally planned open day during homelessness awareness week. The service receives incredible help from the community; we would love to see some of our supporters on the day and welcome anyone who would like to know more about what we do.”
No appointment is necessary, but you can reserve a space by visiting the centre’s Facebook Event.
SMART Prebend Centre is open 365 days of the year, supporting those who sleep rough, are vulnerably housed and socially isolated. The centre is a place of safety; providing food, warmth, water, showers and a place to rest.
Further, it provides an opportunity to assess peoples’ needs and engage them in longer term support to move beyond homelessness. The service is entirely reliant on donations and the support of the community and costs over £250,000 a year to stay open.
The centre encountered unplanned building repairs towards the end of 2019, totalling more than £90,000, and they urgently need help to fund the renovations.
Donations to the Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) Appeal can be made at the SMART website.
The SMART Prebend Centre is located at 12 Prebend St, Bedford, MK40 1QW.