Latest Articles

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

When working and collaborating with others, interpersonal relationships are very important. Supporting positive staff relationships helps to build a more productive and cooperative work environment. Emotional intelligence is a valuable tool in creating collaborative workplaces both for management and for front line staff. What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, evaluate […]

Read More

Recruitment – The First Step Toward Business Growth

Strong business means strong community. It’s more important now than ever to look after the well-being of businesses and their staff. Opportunities are developing in our region with investment in infrastructure, emerging export markets and growing demand for local goods and services. This is great news for business owners, managers and people looking for work […]

Read More

How I Didn’t Get a Haircut & Got a Real Job

It is big news when a new fast-food chain opens in a small country town like Gunnedah. “Gunnedah” I can hear you saying, “Isn’t that where Miranda Kerr is from”. Yes, that’s right. And yes, I did know her. It’s also the “Koala Capital of the World”, but that doesn’t seem to rate a mention! […]

Read More


Following a suggestion from my GP, I was referred to CHESS Nambucca Heads approximately 3 years ago. I attended my appointments with Mum as I did not feel confident enough to do this on my own.

With the ongoing support of my EC I was able to gain training in the Hospitality Industry and after completing my Cert 3 traineeship I was offered a position at Macksville Ex-Services Club.

I have now been employed by the Club for 2 years and absolutely love my new life. I am so much more confident, have new friends, am motivated and have money to buy things for myself.

My new found confidence has enabled me to do things I never could before, like attend Supanova Pop Culture conventions, go to the gym and get fit.

Without the assistance of CHESS who knows where I would be now? At home playing video games, eating and wasting my life away? I would like to thank the wonderful staff at CHESS who have been so friendly and supportive and have made this possible for me.

Jonathan's Story

CHESS Values