Chelsea Community Support Services Incorporated
Chelsea Community Support Services Inc. (ChelCSS) is a not for profit incorporated association that was established to provide emergency relief and social support services to the residents of Chelsea and surrounding suburbs. The agency is governed by a community based Committee of Management, managed by a paid part-time manager and staffed by a large number of trained volunteers, two part-time employees and a number of visiting professionals.
The services provided by ChelCSS include:
- Emergency relief
- Community Information
- Practical support (assistance with reading and typing letters and forms)
- Individual support provided by a caseworker
- Referrals to counselling provided by trained psychologists
- Tax Help
- Justice of the Peace
Visiting or co-located agencies providing outreach services include:
- Peninsula Community Legal Centre
- Australian Hearing
- Family Mediation Centre
ChelCSS is a member of Community Information and Support Victoria (CISVic) which is the peak body for the community information and support sector. We also enjoy a close relationship with other welfare and support agencies in the local community and belong to a number of networks including: The Victorian Council of Social Service, Foodbank Victoria, Westernport Regional Association of Community Information Centres and the Southern Emergency Relief Network.
ChelCSS recognises the growing needs and factors of disadvantage that have affected low income, disabled and unemployed people in the area. We have a commitment to providing the best information and referral service to community members and to this end ChelCSS is always looking for ways to improve connection to services. Despite its limited staff resources, ChelCSS values positive networking and engages as much as possible with Centrelink and other relevant agencies and community groups to build positive working relationships.
We are located at the back of the Chelsea Library opposite the carpark