Jobs Saves Lives campaign gives Clarence Valley a headstart

MORE than 20 people have found employment through CHESS, Grafton in the past two months, allowing Headspace to begin servicing the Clarence Valley before it can open officially.

In March, CHESS chief executive officer Paul Kelly pledged a $500 donation for every client of his firm placed with a local employer as part of the organisation's campaign Jobs Change Lives.

"Our support of Headspace for the Jobs Save Lives campaign has allowed them to commence services right here in Grafton, at our CHESS premises," he said.

"On the Clarence, we have placed over 20 job applicants since the campaign began, which is a wonderful result.

"It's created a lot of awareness. We understand that not all businesses can respond straight away, so we certainly welcome anyone registering their interest."

Every day Mr Kelly sees the positive impact of gaining employment on people's lives.

"We see first hand the benefit for people's well-being that having a job does," he said.

"A lot of people do experience disadvantage and some significant barriers to getting a job, and the feedback we get from businesses who employ our job seekers is that they are very committed and loyal."

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CHESS CEO Paul Kelly and Headspace Coffs Harbour manager Shelley Rowe are working on a campaign to bring the youth mental health program Headspace to Grafton earlier than planned.
CHESS CEO Paul Kelly and Headspace Coffs Harbour manager Shelley Rowe are working on a campaign to bring the youth mental health program Headspace to Grafton earlier than planned. Tim Howard


CHESS Grafton site manager Cate Murphy said that giving Headspace an office in Grafton had allowed service providers to begin referring clients there.

"I was able to announce to other local service providers at a meeting we had that Headspace was now here as an interim measure until the tender takes off," she said.

"It's fantastic for us being employment focused to have someone like Headspace working on the back end of things to help keep people in a zone where they are able to progress through their lives that we all take for granted, like getting a job.

"The public have welcomed that because there is so few places to refer people to and they fill so quickly."

Topics:  chess headspace mental health

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