Meet our team

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Mel Wheeler – Manager

Mel joined CCN in 2019. She brings 16 years’ experience in supporting families and vulnerable young people affected by substance misuse in Norfolk and is a Director of two non-profit organisations, working in the outdoors with those facing multiple life challenges.

The Manager’s role is to meet and select clients in the relevant prisons, match them to volunteer mentors and oversee the mentoring process.



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Abby Erwin – Mentor Coordinator

Abby joined CCN in 2021.  She has 10 years’ experience in the public and voluntary sector in Norwich, specialising in managing volunteers.

The Mentor Coordinator recruits, trains, and provides ongoing support to CCN’s team of volunteer mentors.



Joy Wylie – Operations and Development Administrator

Joy joined CCN in March 2023. She has 13 years’ experience in the voluntary sector in homelessness and criminal justice charities in London and Norfolk. She is experienced in setting up and managing projects as well as communications and administration. Relatively new to Norwich, Joy is very much enjoying exploring the city and making new connections.



Volunteer Mentors

The heart of the CCN project is the recruitment, training and support of Volunteer Mentors who work closely with prison leavers, offering non-judgemental support, advocacy and signposting. 

CCN currently has a team of 21 active mentors, from wide range of backgrounds, ages, and life and faith experiences.