Giving Individuals a Future Today - Chess Homeless

Giving Individuals a Future Today

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year – but for some people it can be the loneliest.  CHESS supports single homeless adults from Chelmsford & Essex by providing temporary accommodation, support services and training, enabling individuals to turn their lives around.

This Christmas you can be a part of our campaign by giving a gift to provide a brighter future to someone living in difficult circumstances. Help us support them towards independent living, and getting them back on their feet.

Give the GIFT of Hope this Christmas


Hot Meals and Drinks



towards cost of stay in our night shelter



Moving on Essentials Box



Welfare & Support Assistance


Donation of your choice to be used for any gift



For those staying in our 9-bedroom night shelter we provide a well-balanced, healthy hot meal every night, a variety of hot drinks and breakfast options in the morning. Your donation will go toward meeting this cost.

Our fully equipped and refurbished Night Shelter has 9 single bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. We offer a dedicated disability facility, professional kitchen, three private consultation rooms with a dedicated support worker for each service user. Each centrally heated bedroom has a single bed, duvet and pillow, wardrobe, bedside table and lamp, as well as provision of towels and toiletries and access to laundry facilities.

CHESS have 5 ‘move-on’ properties for those coming through the Winter Project, into the Night Shelter and into one of our ‘move-on’ properties, before moving out into independent and permanent living arrangements.

We offer assistance throughout this process, including provision of furniture and other items to help as they set up a new home. We put together an Essentials Box which contains 1 dinner plate, tea plate and bowl, cutlery set, tea towels, tin opener, 2 mugs, 2 saucepans, bath towels and cleaning products.

Many of those that come into the Night Shelter come from a variety of backgrounds and have a range of complex needs, often coming from chaotic circumstances stemming back to childhood from abuse and resulting in mental health issues and/or addictions. CHESS provides an end to end service of 1-1 support and training to assist service users from the streets onto independent living.