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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7 Pieces of Expert Advice for Local Jobseekers

Finding fulfilling work in regional NSW has its challenges, so anything that gives you an edge and makes you stand out from the crowd is an advantage. Often it’s the little things that count and make the difference when an employer is deciding if you’re the right fit for their business. We work with people […]

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5 Real Life Tips for Mental Health Recovery

Current stats indicate that in each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. (Mindframe Media Facts & Stats) With this in mind, it becomes increasingly important that we support open and honest dialogue about mental health and how to promote recovery and wellness for people experiencing mental illness. CHESS have […]

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Thought Provoking Quotes from People who have lived with disability

We can find motivation in the smallest things, sometimes it’s just a kind word, thought or deed that can brighten your day. Sometimes words have the power to set you on a different course, change your perceptions. The opportunity to inspire our clients to set and achieve their goals and take steps to lead lives […]

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4 Real Life Tips for Young Jobseekers

It’s a brave new world out there once you leave school. It’s a transition that’s exciting, scary and at times totally unexpected. Whilst I’ve got a few grey hairs, I’m still young enough to remember it vividly. I was full of juice, eager to see what the future would bring and had a somewhat vague […]

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In the News

Very thankful to be a finalist in this year's Sunny Business Awards! Our team had a great night at the ceremony on the… Posted by CHESS Employment & Support Services on Sunday, July 30, 2017   CHESS were happy supporters of the Maclean View Club's Death by Chocolate Fundraiser last week. Looks Yummy!! Posted by CHESS […]

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Mental Health in the Workplace – It’s OK to Talk About It

The Facts Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian employers $10.9 billion every year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims. With approximately 1 in 5 Australian’s experiencing a mental illness each year; it’s become increasingly important for employers to understand how to support a mentally healthy workplace. Stigma Stigma surrounding mental health conditions often stems […]

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CHESS Hits Home Runs at the 2017 Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards

We’re proud as punch to announce that we took home not one but TWO awards at the 2017 Clarence Valley Business Excellence awards! We were very grateful to be presented with the Community & Not for Profit award. We’re committed to the community we live and work in and it is lovely to be recognised […]

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Jonathan’s Story

3 years ago Jonathan found social interactions challenging. But with the right support he was able to find work and now has the confidence to do the things he loves. WATCH Jonathan’s journey below          

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NDIS Planning Cafe’s a hit with locals!

CHESS’ informal NDIS Planning Café’s are a safe space where locals across the Mid North Coast and Clarence Valley can come in for a coffee and a chat, and get more information about the upcoming NDIS rollout and what it means for them. We’ve found that there is a lot of confusion or lack of […]

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