Get Involved - Chess Homeless

Get Involved

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.


CHESS relies on the support of volunteers who play a vital role in the running of the charity. In 2018, 88 volunteers gave on average 72 hours each per year.  Without this valued support over the past 24 years, we could not have impacted the local community in the way that we have. We hope to continue this in the future and would love you to partner with us on that journey.

Interested in volunteering?

If you would like to volunteer or find out more information on any the roles mentioned, 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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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. In fact, 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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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 (or even our very own Mascot CHESSNEY Bear) come and visit your school then please email us or telephone 01245 281104.

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