Chelmsford CHESS is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Its constitution is governed by the charities and companies legislation of England and Wales and by its own Memorandum and Articles of Association. Its objects, as set out in the Memorandum, are:
To relieve hardship and distress amongst the homeless primarily but not exclusively within the district administered by Essex County Council and among those living in adverse housing conditions, in particular but not exclusively by a) the provision of emergency accommodation and associated services, and b) the provision of assistance towards acquiring a settled way of life through rehabilitation and permanent accommodation.
The relief of poverty of persons living in the above mentioned area.
The homeless people of Chelmsford and the surrounding areas lie at the heart of everything Chelmsford CHESS does.
We exist solely to support them.
Wherever possible, we strive to take their views and needs into account in all our planning and activities.
As a company limited by guarantee, CHESS has life members and annual members. (The life membership list is now closed.)
In addition to paying an annual subscription where applicable, members guarantee to pay a maximum of £10 each towards the payment of the charity's liabilities in the unlikely event that it fails and proves unable to pay them from its own resources.
Any adult can apply for membership. Find out more about becoming a Member and supporting the work that we do.
The trustees are the charity's directors. They are responsible for the overall strategy, policy and direction of CHESS.
The members appoint the trustees at the annual general meetings. The trustees can appoint additional trustees between AGMs, subject to confirmation at the following AGM. Trustees serve for three years but are eligible for re-election.
The trustees are obliged to prepare annual reports and accounts showing the results of their stewardship of CHESS. These are considered by the members at the annual general meetings.