Community Chaplaincy Norfolk

Community Chaplaincy Norfolk was set up to support the needs of people leaving prison and resettling in Norfolk.  It works with people of all or no faith, and aims to reduce re-offending, complimenting the overstretched statutory services that help people.  The Chaplaincy works from St Stephen’s Church in Norwich and runs drop-in support as well as one-to-one all-round assistance.  This can be with issues such as help accessing accommodation, benefits, work, or drugs support, and advice, advocacy and emotional support.  At any one time around 35 prison-leavers are receiving mentoring and support from CCN staff and trained volunteers.

In October 2023, the Foundation awarded funding to the Chaplaincy towards its core running costs.  The grant covers a two-year period, totalling £8,000.  Intended outcomes from the period include that around 60 people per annum will receive support and the likelihood of their re-offending will be reduced; that eight to ten new volunteers will be recruited; and that prison leavers will be supported to successfully reintegrate into the community.