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What Chess Homeless deliver Our mission as a charity and company limited by guarantee is set out in the paragraph below 'Chelmsford Chess seeks to relieve homelessness and related hardships and distress amongst single adults in Chelmsford and Essex, through the provision of support services and temporary accommodation that helps them move on in their lives'. The aims of Chess homeless are outlined below: a. Be afforded temporary sheltered accommodation provided on a non-discriminatory basis, subject to availability and to the overriding needs for security of the staff, volunteers and residents. b. Be supported to achieve improved health and well-being both physically and mentally. c. Progress along a personal development pathway to gain new skills for their employment needs. d. Develop to a position whereby they may be able to compete for jobs and then successfully find employment or move into appropriate independent or supported housing. e. Integrate back into the community as someone contributing positively. As a part of delivering an end to end service to those affected by homelessness Chess partners very closely with a Social Enterprise called Wingspan Works, as well as delivering an assertive outreach programme for Maldon District Council, Chelmsford City Council and Epping Forest District Council. How Chess achieves its mission Our team of dedicated volunteers and staff offer an outreach service to 3 neighbouring councils, Maldon district Council, Chelmsford City Council and Epping Forest District Council. Outreach programme The outreach programme is triggered by a member of the public making a referral via the ‘streetlink’ website, which will alert the team to go out to the reported individual and make them aware of what services are available locally, and what they need to do to access them. Winter project During the winter months Chess delivers a project to rough sleepers enabling us to offer an additional 10 bed spaces to those who would otherwise be sleeping rough and on our streets. During the last winter Chess was able to offer 61 individuals respite from the freezing weather over the 4 months the project ran. 9 of the individuals accessing the winter project Chess was able to move into its main operation to empower them back into independent living. Chess Night shelter and move on accommodation Our main operation is a change programme that offers support and housing to 32 residents, placed over 6 properties. The first aspect of the programme would be to self-refer into the night shelter or be referred by another agency, such as probation, prison, local council etc. Once accepted into the Night shelter, service users will have their own room and access to telephone, pc’s, a hot meal, showers, laundry facilities as well as a experienced support worker every night. Due to current staffing levels and funding, the night shelter is only open from the following times Monday – Friday 7pm – 9am Saturdays - 7pm – 10am Sundays – 5pm – 9am Service users are encouraged to address the issues that saw them become homeless in the first place, and Chess works with several outside agencies in helping them access the correct programme to help them back into independence. External agencies consist of: Open road Helping Hands Essex Probation Task and Targeting Police Phoenix Futures Prison service Volunteering Centre Local Councils Faith Groups Social housing providers W.E.A. Local Businesses The Country Food trust Food bank From the night shelter service users would progress through the change programme by moving into our 5-bedroom annex. This annex offers the next step to independence whilst still being close enough to the night shelter to access help and support if required, this property is also monitored by CCTV. During their stay at the annex service users gain a front door key and can come and go as they feel. From the annex service users will be moved to one of Chess’ other move on accommodation houses. Throughout the time in Chess, service users are are expected to engage in the support that Chess offers them to encourage them to gain independence once they are ready. Wingspan Works CHESS’ desire to offer a holistic service ‘from the streets to independence’ is completed by the partnership that it has with the Social Enterprise ‘Wingspan Works’. Wingspan works is set up to provide employment to those who are less likely to find, or be offered employment due to their background. Wingspan works offers employment and training to the long-term unemployed, and those that have been through the judicial system. We have experienced success in this area, as well as relieving costs to the public purse. Specific jobs that can be carried out by Wingspan works consist of: Landscaping Domestic and Commercial works Decking Asbestos removal Patios Painting and Decorating Tree and Hedge works Tiling Garden clearance Bathroom and Kitchen installation Carpentry Solid Wood and Laminate flooring House clearances Driveway We have carried out works for Chelmer Housing Partnership, Brentwood council, Meridian homes and references can be obtained from each of these, as well as a number of private works At the end of this paper I have incorporated a case study of one of our employees for wingspan who was an ex offender and released from prison, housed by Chess and is now one of the supervisors in Wingspan works. To understand the aims, objectives and operations of Wingspan Works, a Social Enterprise limited by guarantee, we believe it was necessary to firstly provide details of the larger charitable organization CHESS, of which it forms an integral part.