Local Josh Worthington faced challenges growing up in rural Nambucca and didn’t always have the support he needed as a young person. Finishing school in Year 8 Josh struggled to find positive opportunities for employment in the Valley. This affected his ability to be independent and self-reliant and housing security soon became a pressing issue for Josh.

Josh was referred to local human services agency CHESS Connect and started building a relationship with team members Anessa and Mel. Anessa and Mel help local people living with disadvantage, disability or ill-health find work in the Nambucca Valley, Bellingen and Dorrigo.

After Anessa and Mel met with Josh they recognised that to be self-reliant he needed support in other areas in his life, as well as support to find a job. They connected him to a range of local service providers in Community Housing, Medical and other community based programs to assist with some of the challenges Josh was experiencing.

Being linked to the right supports has helped Josh thrive. Motivated to achieve his goals, Josh started his journey to employment and independence with a TAFE course, successful completion of an agricultural Internship and has since gained employment with Nambucca RSL. He is building new networks through his job and would like to continue to learn new skills and gain experience to further his career.

With the support of this local service Josh now has a place of his own, has gained confidence, is enjoying his new job in the kitchen at the Nambucca RSL and plans to save up to purchase a motorbike.

“I’m very grateful for the help I’ve received. I’m finally able to get ahead and see a positive and independent future for myself.” – Josh Worthington

Who are CHESS Connect?

CHESS Connect is a for-purpose human service organisation that helps local people achieve a strong life through a range of employment, NDIS and wellness services.

Our Disability and Youth Employment services are delivered as part of CoAct Employment’s national network of community-embedded not for profit service partners.


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About Heather
CHESS Connect Marketing Manager Heather is passionate about driving growth and engagement through brand storytelling. A big fan-girl of fantasy fiction, Heather loves reading, writing and the occasional Netflix binge.