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 Monday the 4th of October at 7.00pm, two hour sessions 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
Monday, 4th October, 7-9pm 1.       Definitions
Monday, 11th October, 7-9pm 2.       The Criminal Justice System
Monday, 18th October, 7-9pm 3.       Communicating for Change
Monday, 25th October, 7-9pm 4.       Dos and Don’ts
Monday, 1st November, 7-9pm 5.       Theory & Reality of Change
Monday, 15th November, 7-9pm 6.       Goal Setting
Monday, 22nd November, 7-9pm 7.       Safeguarding
Monday, 29th November, 7-9pm 8.       Working with Women


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 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 2019.

 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)