Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette
Even in more affluent areas of Britain such as our community, homelessness is a real problem that can’t be ignored – especially while we are suffering from dangerous heatwaves.
Lynn Dejoodt visited the studio to update our listeners us on the work of CHESS Homeless. The charity began its work 20 years ago in Chelmsford, and has now expanded to also cover Brentwood, Braintree, Maldon, Epping, Rochford, Castle Point and Uttlesford.
Lynn talked to lunchtime host Patrick Sherring about what you should do if you see a homeless person in any of these areas in need of help. One option is to contact 0300 500 0014 and CHESS will send a team to find the person and chat with them.
Lynn outlined the many ways that volunteers can help – for example, you can also help by donating bottles of water for street distribution to CHESS at New London Road, Chelmsford.
You can find out more, including details of their forthcoming Summer Fun Day in Witham, at chesshomeless.org, and you can hear Lynn’s interview again at phoenixfm.com.