Support us - Chess Homeless

Support us

CHESS is only able to continue their work with the Homeless because people like you understand that Homelessness is a community issue that requires a community response! Whether you are an individual, business owner, or member of a church or other organisation, there are so many ways you can help us open doors for the homeless.

Corporate Support

CHESS Homeless is striving to build lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with corporate partners in the local community.

By supporting us, your company is demonstrating a commitment to supporting the local community which can have a very positive effect on your company image with both staff and customers.

These mutually beneficial associations can also work to increase brand awareness, boost staff morale, provide potential PR opportunities and most importantly engage your staff and enable you to have fun together as a team.

No matter how big or small your company is there are plenty of ways you can help, all of which can be tailor-made to your needs

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CHESS was originally set up by Churches Together in Chelmsford (CTIC) and many of the churches in Chelmsford and the surrounding area have generously supported CHESS ever since. Many of our trustees and volunteers are drawn from their congregations. We have two chaplains that regularly visit the night shelter who offer prayers and support to residents if they wish. Several churches provide support directly to those who are homeless and others provide their buildings for us to use.

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Your donations help us open doors for the homeless every day.

Our social audit last year estimated the total economic impact of the work to be 500%. That means that for every £1 put into the work of the charity, there was £5 of benefit to the community!

So, what-ever the size of your donation, you can be assured that it will go a long way to helping the homeless and the wider community.

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We need to raise £225,000 per year in voluntary donations which is why we need your help. Whether you want to hold your own event, choose us as charity of the year, take on a challenge or join in with our events, you will find the information and help you need here. If you are fundraising for CHESS or would like to in the future, we would love to hear from you.

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Schools and Education

CHESS is always looking to make new connections in our local community. This is because we believe that building relationships is an important way to raise awareness of homelessness, as well as giving people a fantastic chance to get involved in fun fundraising activities.

CHESS enjoys visiting schools, colleges and universities to talk about homelessness and how we support individuals who are vulnerable and homeless.

If you are interested in having a member of the CHESS team and our very own Mascot CHESSNEY Bear come and visit your school then please email us or telephone 01245 281104.

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CHESS Homeless relies on the support of volunteers who play a vital role in the running of the charity. Many of our volunteers provide on average xxxx each per year. This is what one of our volunteers have to say about the difference they make to giving up some of their time to help us.

Interested in volunteering?

If you would like to volunteer for one or more of these roles, please contact Barbara, our Business Support Manager, on 01245 281104 option 3 or you can download our Application form.  Please complete and return to

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