Community Chaplaincy Norfolk (CCN) is a Christian charity which supports men and women leaving prison in Norfolk.


To train and provide mentors for our clients as they look to rebuild their lives.


To see our clients become integrated, confident and fulfilled members of the community.


We respect each individual, of whatever faith or none, as being of inherent value, to be given compassion, forgiveness and hope.

Are you interested in being a Mentor?

To become a volunteer with CCN you will need to:

  • Have some relevant experience.
  • Be over 25 years old.
  • Understand and accept the CCN Vision and Values.
  • Be able to work with offenders in a non-judgemental, authoritative but friendly manner.
  • Have excellent listening & communication skills.
  • Be well organised, reliable and resourceful.
  • Be able to work independently and also as part of a team.
  • Have basic computer skills.
  • Understand confidentiality.

Volunteers are required to attend a series of 8 training sessions before being accepted as mentors.

Training Course for Volunteer Mentors.

The next course – starting on Tuesday the 6th of September in the evening comprises 8 two hour sessions (7-9pm) at St Stephen’s Church, Rampant Horse Street, Norwich, NR2 1QP .  Please contact us if you would be interested in attending.

The training course is based on one produced by the Community Chaplaincy Association. This is a national body that brings together best practice and makes it available to local Community Chaplaincy projects.

All our volunteers are required to do the training so that they understand the aims of the project and what would be required of a mentor. Completing the training does not commit you to becoming a mentor nor does it commit us to accepting you on the project.

Training Sessions

Date Topic
Tuesday 6th September, 7-9pm 1.       Definitions
Tuesday 13th September, 7-9pm 2.       The Criminal Justice System
Tuesday 20th September, 7-9pm 3.       Communicating for Change
Tuesday 27th September, 7-9pm 4.       Dos and Don’ts
Tuesday 4th October, 7-9pm 5.       Theory & Reality of Change
Tuesday 11th October, 7-9pm 6.       Goal Setting
Tuesday 18th October, 7-9pm 7.       Safeguarding
Tuesday 25th October, 7-9pm 8.       Working with Women (for female volunteers only)


Paula Callam, also volunteering as a mentor, is an experienced trainer having spent six and half years in Antigua training Street Pastors and assisting in running the Street Pastors Project on the island.  She has been involved with CCN since September 2016.

Mel Wheeler, Project Leader for CCN, has 16 years’ experience in supporting families and vulnerable young people affected by substance misuse in the Voluntary Sector in Norfolk and is a Director of two non-profit organisations, working in the outdoors with those facing multiple life challenges.  She has been involved with CCN since October 2019.

Abby Erwin, Mentor Coordinator, has worked with volunteers in a number of situations and is experienced in both supporting and in providing training for volunteers.  She has been involved with CCN since May 2021.

 Applications: If you would be interested in becoming a mentor with us, please contact us at  and we will send you an application form.

Or download the form here: CCN Volunteer Application Form   (Word document)

CCN-Volunteer-Application-Form (PDF)