In 2014 a group of local Christians were concerned about supporting men as they left Norwich prison. Having begun to explore the work of Community Chaplaincies in other parts of the country they felt this was the way forward. The initiative started with a small group of volunteers, but it soon became apparent that for it to flourish it would be good to have a salaried leader who could dedicate time and effort to expanding and developing the outreach.
Early in 2016, initial funding for a salaried post was obtained and Rev Susan Carne was appointed as the Co-ordinator of the work. Susan, who had previously worked at HMP Wayland as a volunteer chaplain, was familiar with the scene and worked long hours to establish the necessary contacts, to build up the volunteer mentor team and to work out the way forward for the project.
The project was initially funded by grants from the Allan Lane Foundation and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk. Since April 2020, the work of CCN has been funded by a range of grant-making trusts as well as by individual supporters. The charity supports both male and female clients across Norfolk.
At the outset CCN was formed under the auspices of a local charity, the House of Genesis, which provides supported accommodation for ex-offenders. However, on 6th November 2018 it became an independent charity under Charity Number 1180579.
For a more detailed history see – The Journey So Far
In July 2019 Susan left CCN, and in October 2019 Mel Wheeler took over as Project Leader and is building on this firm foundation.