Cool to be Kind

Tackling Homelessness Together

Chelmsford based Community Project Supporting Rough Sleepers (including The Rucksack Project)

Our aims:

  • To provide help with homelessness and support to rough sleepers in the Chelmsford and the South East.
  • To lobby for change: We want to see an end to homelessness on our city’s streets and we believe this can be achieved by adopting the model of ‘Housing First’. We are involved in advising our local council on homelessness and rough sleeping policy with an aim to effect real change.
  • To work towards achieving charity status. Charity status will bring access to more funding and enable us to expand our services for those who need it most.
  • To work with other organisations to strengthen impact, improve relations, and achieve a common goal.
  • Housing First in the UK & Ireland – Chartered Institute of Housing.pdf
  • Housing First in England The Principles.pdf

Latest news:


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Cool to be Kind celebrates after receiving £20k of National Lottery funding to help rough sleepers in Essex


Helen Wilkerson, High Sheriff of Essex Award

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The Rucksack Project on Phoenix FM

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Rucksack Project returns for 2023 !