Community Chaplaincy Norfolk (CCN)

New Trustees Wanted

CCN is a Christian Charity which supports men and women leaving prison in Norfolk. 

We currently have a Trustee Board of six and are looking to appoint two or three new Trustees over the course of 2021/22 (one of them with a view to taking over as Chair from 31 July 2022), to serve for anything from three to five years.   Each appointee will be a committed Christian (or at least in agreement with the Christian ethos) and will be able to commit around five hours a month to CCN (on average, over the year).

According to the Charity Commission, a trustee of CCN has the following duties:

  1. Ensuring that CCN is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit;
  2. Complying with CCN’s Constitution and with the law;
  3. Acting in the best interests of CCN;
  4. Managing the resources of CCN responsibly;
  5. Acting with reasonable care and skill; and
  6. Ensuring that CCN is accountable.

Have a look at our website (norfolkchaplaincy.org.uk) which will give you an idea of what we do and how we go about it, largely by training and providing Mentors for our ‘Clients’ as they look to rebuild their lives.  In particular, do listen to the six-minute video featured at the foot of the opening page of the website which gives some idea of how Mentors and Clients relate to one another (disregard the bit about the Chair asking for money!). 

By way of Staff, we have a nearly full-time Manager, Mel Wheeler, a half-time Administrator, Paula Callam, and a half-time Mentor Co-ordinator, Abby Erwin.

We meet formally six times a year, on the third Thursday evening of the month from 6pm to 7.30pm, at HMP Norwich.  These meetings are in the odd numbered months.  In addition, we meet once a year in the Spring to discuss and to formulate strategy, in the Summer for a social event and in the Autumn for some training (subject to some variation of this programme over 2021-22).

One of our Trustees, Clare Kybird writes: ‘I am finding that being a CCN Trustee is both rewarding and challenging. Supporting and being alongside Staff and Mentors in their work earths my hope of helping those released from prison. I feel an obligation as a Christian to help where I personally feel a commitment: CCN provides this far me and I am grateful for that.’

The most important qualifications for an aspiring Trustee are: 1. that the individual has (regardless of prior experience) a passion for and a commitment to our work; and 2. that he/she fits in with the existing Trustees and Staff body (as part of the ’CCN Family’ of Trustees, Staff, Mentors and Clients combined).  We encourage individual Trustees to take an interest in particular aspects of the Charity’s work. 

If you are interested, please get in touch with me on mcahutton@gmail.com before close of business on Friday 8 October.  I would then ask you kindly to complete our ‘Expression of Interest’ form, prior to informal conversations with both our Manager Mel Wheeler and me.  Next, depending on the number of applications received, we would invite you to pop in to see our base at St Stephen’s Church (on a pre-arranged date and time) and to attend a Trustees’ Meeting on a non-participatory confidential basis to give you a flavour of how we work.  Finally, if you would like to proceed, we would ask you to attend a formal interview.  

Rev Matthew Hutton DL

Chair of Trustees, CCN