Opening doors for the homeless in Chelmsford

Volunteers Needed

We rely heavily on our volunteers they play a vital role in the running of the charity.

Over the years both CHESS and the homeless people we support rely heavily on volunteers who play a vital role in the running of the charity.  They provide many hours of their free time by helping with cooking, laundry, sleep overs and at fundraising events.  

We currently need the following volunteers:-

Sleep-over volunteers

Volunteers are needed to "sleep-over" at the Night Shelter to support the staff member on duty. This involves getting to the Night Shelter by 9pm and staying until 9 am the following day (10am on Sundays and Bank Holidays). Everyone is expected to be in their rooms by 11pm. 

Volunteers sleep in the downstairs residents' lounge. The staff member and the volunteer need to be up by 7am Monday to Saturday and 9am on Sundays & Bank Holidays to be ready for the residents when they start to rise.

The duties are fairly light, being mainly to be a friendly face and to support staff where necessary.


Currently no vacancies for Cooks

We need volunteers to cook at the Night Shelter in the evenings. We aim to provide simple, good and hot main courses for each person staying at the Night Shelter, which can be up to ten (eight residents plus staff member plus sleep-over volunteer).

Cooks arrive at 7pm (5pm at weekends and Bank Holidays) and stay until the sleep-over volunteer arrives at around 9pm.

Fundraising Assistant


Have you ever undertaken any fundraising before or worked in an office? if so do you have a minimum of a day a week you can spare to support the fundraiser in undertaking some admin work and helping with the organising of events. If you are up for the challenge then please get in touch with Lindsay Hurrell.

Events Assistants

We organise a range of fundraising events throughout the year and also attend various events with our stand. We are always in need of extra pairs of hands to help, so if you enjoy meeting people and are happy to be called upon on an ad hoc basis then we could really do with your help please contact

Collection Box Co-ordinator

We need a Collection Pot Co-ordinator on an ad hoc basis to place our collection pots around various locations within Chelmsford.  You must also be willing to service them when they are full and we may require you to count the money. For futher information please contact Lindsay Hurrell.

Want to volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer for one or more of these roles, please contact Barbara, our Business Support Manager, on 01245 290553 or you can download out PDF application below, please complete and return to

volunteer application