Smart - About Us

About Us

Timeline

1996

SMART CJS (Criminal Justice Services) charity is established, and launches an Arrest Referral Scheme in Oxford, Witney and Banbury. Over 100 offenders are given SMART cards and on-going support.

1997

Launch of the Bullingdon Prison Remand Project - to assess prisoners, offer treatment options (community or prison based) - to affect positive change.

1998

The Drug Related Offender Programme (DROP) is established as a community sentencing option, or offered to prisoners about to be released from custody. DROP provides a structured drugs intervention programme, tailored to individual needs.

1999

SMART is now working with 300 people a year.

2000

Funding from Trusts including Esmee Fairbairn, Tudor and Comic Relief is used to set up a big new Volunteers Programme.

2001

Stay 'N' Out SMART's relapse prevention programme begins in local prisons.

2002

The Arrest Referral Programme is rolled out across the Thames Valley, with the capacity to work with over 750 people a year.

2003

A new helpline is set up for clients in West Berkshire.

2004

The Volunteering scheme becomes the SMART Mentoring and Access 2 programmes. In October 2008, Access 2 will be updated to become the Portal programme.

2005

SMART is now operating from a number of separate locations, across the Thames Valley, and is seeing over 1,500 people a year.

2006

In partnership with Oxfordshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team SMART sets up an aftercare service called Restart Plus.

2007

SMART launches an Alcohol Arrest Referral Scheme, to support an Oxfordshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team initiative called Transform.

2008

SMART comissioned by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to deliver a comprehensive arrest referral service and by Bracknell Borough DAAT to deliver Tier 2 and 3 Criminal Justice and Community Drug services.

2009

SMART launches the Oxfordshire Drug and Alcohol Service offering a wide range of community services for people with drug and alcohol issues and introduces the Berkshire East Alcohol Arrest Referral scheme.

2010

The Howard House Project, a drug and alcohol detoxification unit, is launched and SMART celebrates the success of its Portal Programme students by holding graduation ceremonies in Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire.

2011

Our Bracknell team work with Thames Valley Police on Operation Ladybird resulting in significant reductions in crime and offending. Our Oxfordshire services merged enabling us to meet the individual needs of our service users more efficiently.

2012

SMART launches new services:
• Thames Valley-wide Custody Interventions Programme
• Bracknell Recovery Service
• Windsor and Maidenhead Recovery Service
• Buckinghamshire Open Access Service

2013

SMART launches:
• The Custody Intervention Programme’s mentoring scheme.
• A new Quality Audit process aimed at improving our services
• An updated Portal Programme in Buckinghamshire.