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Support our Sponsored walk!

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SMART Howard House, our residential treatment centre in Oxford are holding a sponsored walk on 30th July 2017. Find out how you can help, and if you can’t make the walk then please donate via our campaign page.

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Supporting rough sleepers

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SMART have been commissioned to provide rough sleepers support across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. We are working in partnership with Open Door (Milton Keynes), Signposts (Luton) and Kings Arms Project (Beds). The project is an exciting partnership across the 4 agencies and 2 mental health trusts.






SMART community working hard to improve their service in Wokingham

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Our Wokingham Manager Jacqui Fitzgerald tells us what’s been happening at SMART Wokingham… ‘We had received a lot of feedback from clients who were keen to see our reception area improved and our decking in the garden replaced.’ ‘A plan of action was drawn up between staff and the SMART community, funds were made available… Read more »

Drug & Alcohol Awareness training, 15th June 2017, Aylesbury

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Do you work with people who face issues with drugs or alcohol? Would you like to learn more about how to best support them? On 15th June 2017 we will be holding a 1-day Drug & Alcohol Awareness training Who is this training for? The training is excellent for professionals working in the field of substance… Read more »

Drug & alcohol Harm Reduction training – 27th April 2017

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Do you work with clients who face issues with substance misuse? Would you like to offer evidence based methods to reduce the harmful consequences associated with drug and alcohol use? On 27th April 2017 we will be holding a 1-day training in Bedford. The training is suitable for professionals working in the field of substance misuse… Read more »

Wokingham consultation

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Are you affected by another persons drug or alcohol use? Do you live in the Wokingham borough? We need your support! We are committed to providing exceptional services for everyone who is affected by drug and alcohol use. Please help us support others like you by attending our consultation. We will be discussing a new weekly group for… Read more »

Needle exchange and naloxone news!

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The SMART Wokingham team are very excited to announce that from the 3rd April 2017 they will provide a fixed site needle exchange from within the service whilst continuing to support local pharmacies to provide needle packs to their customers upon request. SMART Wokingham Service Manager Jacqui Fitzgerald comments “The new needle exchange will assist our… Read more »

SMART win Wokingham contract

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We are pleased to announce that SMART has been awarded a new contract to continue providing exceptional community drugs and alcohol support services in Wokingham. The new contract will commence from April 2017. In addition to our existing services we are excited to be launching: • A new enhanced young person’s service • A community outreach team • A… Read more »

Dry January comes to an end

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We have seen an enormous amount of activity in our services during January to support Dry January; Alcohol Concern’s flagship campaign which has been changing the conversation about alcohol over the past 5 years. Without prompting it seems that some of our services have locked into a mocktail competition, one of them being Wokingham. Here’s what… Read more »

Residents talk about Christmas at SMART Howard House

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“This place is really special; I’m blessed to be here. Christmas was beautiful here, there was so much nice food and we all got gifts on Christmas morning, we played games and sang Christmas songs. Christmas on the outside has always been dark and sad for me but in here it was the total opposite:… Read more »

Rose reflects on spending Christmas at SMART Howard House

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Rose, talks about Christmas at SMART Howard House, our residential treatment centre… “I had never been away from my family and friends at Christmas before so I was apprehensive about spending it at SMART Howard House. Would I be sad? Would I be lonely? Not a bit of it! The day the decorations went up… Read more »

Dry January

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Dry January is Alcohol Concern’s flagship campaign which has been changing the conversation about alcohol over the past 5 years. Taking part in the campaign is a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, and save some serious £££ by giving up alcohol for 31 days. In the words of Professor Kevin Moore: “If someone had… Read more »

Lifeline contacts this Christmas

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It may sound silly, but sometimes we forget about the support that is always available. In times of need we panic and convince ourselves that there is no one to talk to and there is no help. This is by no means an exhaustive list and more info can be found elsewhere on the website, but… Read more »

Hints and tips to help get through this Christmas!

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Christmas can be a very scary time of the year. This may be your first Christmas in a long time without the involvement of drugs or alcohol. You may have reduced your drug or alcohol use and wish to maintain it. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare and many others are your position. It… Read more »

SMART turns 20!

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This month SMART turned 20 years old. It’s safe to say that SMART has been through enormous change over the past 20 years and this will undoubtedly continue, such is the nature of our work. Through change comes growth; for our employees, our Services Users and our organisation. What’s remarkable is that throughout immensely challenging times we continue… Read more »

Mike Howard, a Co-Founder of SMART reflects on SMART turning 20!

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SMART really began much earlier than anyone thinks, about five years before we actually setup the charity. Having been thrown together in very interesting circumstances, both Phil Skillen (Co-Founder) and I soon learnt that we shared the same values and concerns when it came to those struggling with addiction. Phil very much provided the inspiration… Read more »

Shahin Bekhradnia, Chair of Trustees for SMART talks about her time with us to mark our 20th anniversary

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It’s amazing to realise that SMART is celebrating this month its 20th year of existence. I joined SMART as a recently appointed magistrate a few months after meeting its co-founders Phil Skillen and his probation officer Mike Howard back in mid-late 1990’s.  I had been totally convinced by the simple but effective message that they were hoping to… Read more »