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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Office Artwork a Symbol of a Supportive Community

Staff at our CHESS office in Kempsey are doing terrific work engaging with and supporting the community! Sue Read (Employment & Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) and Karen Vidler (Partners in Recovery) are pictured here in the vibrant Kempsey office which features artwork from the local community. Kempsey has a significant Aboriginal community and both […]

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CHESS is now a Workplace Rehabilitation Provider!

CHESS is looking forward to providing this much needed, specialised service to help local workers recover at and/or return to work.

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Language Matters When Talking About Mental Illness

It’s often only a few turns of phrase here and there, but many people unintentionally use language that undermines a person living with mental illness.

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CHESS staff nominated for the Ian J Cooper Award for Access & Inclusion!

The Awards are presented to local businesses, services, groups and individuals for providing access to people with disabilities above standard requirements, for good inclusive practise and for championing accessibility and inclusion.

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The Benefits of Employing Someone with a Disability

People living with disability are characterised as having a high level of loyalty and commitment to their chosen role.  Let’s explore the facts.

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