2 Charities, 20 Years, 20 Stories – Chess Homeless
2 Charities, 20 Years, 20 Stories is a joint celebration of CHESS and HARP who have both served the homeless community for 20 years.

To celebrate the joint 20th anniversaries of CHESS Homeless and HARP, we are publishing a combined twenty stories, celebrating the successes of our clients, the dedication of our staff and volunteer teams, and the amazing support the charities have received from the Essex community.

The stories will also shine a light on the storied histories of the two charities, from their formative early years to the fully-formed, established homelessness charities they have become.

20 Years, 20 Stories : Metin

This is Metin's story How long have you been in CHESS? I stayed 3...

20 Years, 20 Stories : Barbara

How long have you worked for CHESS and how did you come...

20 Years, 20 Stories : Steve

“About 6 years ago you helped me, not just by giving me...

20 Years, 20 Stories : Tom

In September 2021 I decided to raise money for CHESS by walking...

20 Years, 20 Stories : Lloyd

This is Lloyd's story Lloyd had a regular childhood and upbringing with good...

20 Years, 20 Stories : Val & Andy

Approximately 10 years ago Val picked up a flyer whilst out shopping...

20 Years, 20 Stories : Lylli

Lylli was one of our service users at CHESS a couple of...

20 Years, 20 Stories : Steven

On a soaking wet mattress at the back of a dumpster under...

You can also read all of the stories from HARP, Southend here www.harpsouthend.org.uk/20th-anniversary