Articles

Smart, Skilled & Hired – Taylor Roberts

The Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program is a new service delivered by CHESS that helps young people and young people connect with training, mentoring and work experience so they can become work ready and kick start a fulfilling career. Since launching this service in September we’ve had several successes within our local community! […]

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Smart, Skilled and Hired – Tommy Vanagas

The Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program is a new service delivered by CHESS that helps young people and young people connect with training, mentoring and work experience so they can become work ready and kick start a fulfilling career. Since launching this service in September we’ve had several successes within our local community! […]

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Change the Story Film Night

On Wednesday 25th October CHESS, together with our contract partner CoAct celebrated the efforts of those who embrace change in their own lives and the people who are willing and able to support that change. Our event launch was held at the Coffs Jetty Theatre, presenting a series of short films highlighting the journeys of […]

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Looking Forward to Each Day Again – CHESS Good News Story

At this year’s Community BBQ for Mental Health in Dorrigo we reflected on the importance of community events in reaching out and connecting with vulnerable people. Last year’s BBQ saw CHESS staff member Deb Snow connect with a mature aged male who took literature from our stand. The following week Deb followed up with a […]

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Finding Home Amongst the Gumtrees

We would love to share with you a good news story from our Partners in Recovery Program. This story comes from CHESS staffer and PIR Support Facilitator Deb Snow who recently supported a client into housing and community engagement. Here is a short rundown from Deb that outlines the important work that she and others […]

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How Small Business Can Achieve Workplace Diversity

Having the right people working in your business is crucial to its on-going success and growth. It’s no secret that the quality of your staff can either boost your business profile or work against you. Word of mouth reputation, referrals and positive brand awareness can all hinge on the experiences your customers have with your […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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! […]

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Inclusion and Equality

As an employee of CHESS I am a daily advocate of inclusion, not just for those with a disability but for equality and human rights. Our motto is to support people to live a Strong Life, not only for our customers but for our employers and staff too. Our commitment to diversity and equality for […]

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