Established in 1995 with a focus on disability and mental health, CHESS has now evolved into a dynamic organisation covering two collaborative areas of service – Employment Services and Community Services.
Strong Life is our WHY, it’s what motivates the staff at CHESS to provide our clients with the very best service and support. We believe in enabling local community members experiencing disadvantage, disability or mental illness to transform their lives and achieve their own version of strong life through the means of work and social inclusion.
Passion & Purpose
Our passion and purpose is to assist disadvantaged people within our local community to adopt positive change by guiding them towards fulfilling and inclusive employment and empowering them with the tools to become self-reliant and independent.
Armed with empathy and compassion, we aim to break the negative cycle of isolation experienced by people living with mental illness and disability by facilitating access to services and identifying barriers to care.
Real People, Real Goals
We support our clients in real ways, developing services and strategies that are genuinely ‘people focussed’ and driven by social justice principles.
CHESS’s goal is to be the vehicle of change in people lives – helping others realise their own version of Strong Life – finding happiness, achieving rewarding employment, meeting new friends and living a fulfilling life of social and community inclusion.
We strengthen local business and industry by supporting employees and jobseekers across the Mid North Coast and Clarence Valley. From Yamba to Grafton, Coffs Harbour to Kempsey, for over 20 years CHESS has provided opportunities for individuals living with disability and mental illness through solid mentorship practices, job placement and training, case management and coordination of services. We are proudly local and despite growing competition from national organisations, CHESS has made the corporate decision to focus on the primary regional areas of the Mid North Coast and Clarence Valley.
CHESS is excited to welcome the changes of the upcoming NDIS rollout. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is set to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians living with a significant and permanent disability. Our current priority is to ensure that people with a disability continue to get the support they need and this requires big changes to existing disability support systems. We are working hard to introduce the scheme gradually to ensure a smooth transition for people with a disability, their families and carers.
We are already providing many support services that will still be available through the new scheme and welcome the ability to expand these upon these and develop new services and support strategies through the provision of the NDIS.