Men at work!

On Saturday 7th April the Essex Cornerstone Club embarked on its first volunteering project of the year for Churches Homeless Emergency Support Scheme (CHESS). CHESS seeks to relieve homelessness, hardship and distress amongst single adults in Chelmsford and across Essex. They do this through the provision of support services and temporary accommodation that helps those in need move on with their lives.

The aim of the day was to assist with the clearing of gardens and driveways that had become overgrown at the head office and to help decorate and clear the gardens at one of the temporary homes in the centre of town. We quickly split into two teams and got to work!

Barbara Buxton, CHESS Business Support Manager, explained to the volunteers how volunteering for jobs like these helps save the charity money, money that can now be spend on more of the core services that they provide to the community.

Thank you to the 12 Essex Cornerstone members who gave up their time for this great cause, also a special mention to those Masons outside of the club who came along too. We’re hoping to do more volunteering in the future so watch this space for updates!

If you’re interested in volunteering for CHESS, hearing about their news and events please visit