Walking through the gate.
Most of us would have no problem walking through this gate, undo the catch, gently swing the gate open, then stroll through.
However, for guys leaving prison, walking through the gate, like this one at HMP Norwich is tough. Keeping outside of the gate is even harder.
If you have spent a number of years in prison, life outside is daunting. Many things may have changed, and if you want to make a fresh start in life the challenges are huge.
Community Chaplaincy Norfolk (CCN) is a Christian charity which provides Volunteer Mentors for ex-offenders of all faiths and none, supporting them to rebuild their lives after prison.
Once a person has been accepted as a CCN client, a mentor will meet them several times in prison, to build up a relationship and identify the kind of support they will need to achieve their goals.
On the day of discharge, we try to meet each client at the gate and accompany them to accommodation, probation, or other appointments. This is followed by regular meetings with their mentor to discuss progress and work through any challenges.
A CCN team of walkers (Clare, Gabby, Martin + his dog Guinness, Mel, Ralph) are taking part in the Walking 4 Norfolk challenge to walk a combined distance 375 miles, this is the distance from Norwich Cathedral to Notre-Dame de Paris. The object is to raise funds for CCN, so can you support the team? Just click on the fundraising link below.