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Charity for prison leavers receives Blue Plaque

Christian charity Community Chaplaincy Norfolk (CCN) is celebrating the receipt of a special edition Blue Plaque from Lady Dannatt, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Norfolk. 

CCN clients, trustees, volunteers and staff were invited to the presentation of the plaque, given in recognition of the organisation’s resilience throughout the Covid-19 crisis. The gathering took place on Friday morning in St Stephen’s Church, CCN’s base in Norwich city centre.  

Lady Dannatt, who is the Patron of CCN, said: “I have nothing but respect for the work of CCN, and it is testament to the tenacity of the whole team that work has continued throughout the pandemic, maintaining support to vulnerable people.”

CCN was established in 2018 and trains and assists volunteer mentors from all walks of life, to support men and women coming out of prison to live in Norfolk. Chair of Trustees Rev Matthew Hutton DL, said: “The CCN team worked hard to find creative ways of supporting our clients during lockdown, and we are honoured to receive this plaque in recognition of this work.”

CCN seeks to encourage prison leavers to make positive choices and aims to reduce re-offending through offering bespoke support with the transition from custody, back into wider society.  “I’m pretty sure I would be back in prison, or worse, if it wasn’t for the people at CCN,” commented one CCN beneficiary. “The unconditional care I have been shown has made it possible for me to build a new life. I’ve been out of prison for eight months now. This organisation deserves to be recognised for their good work.”

Manager Melanie Wheeler said: “I am really touched to receive this plaque on behalf of CCN. We have a great team of staff and volunteers, who work with real dedication, supporting people leaving prison to build positive futures.”

You can find out more or pledge your support for Community Chaplaincy Norfolk at www.norfolkchaplaincy.org.uk or by contacting the Manager Melanie Wheeler on 07710 303 909 manager@norfolkchaplaincy.org.uk

Pictured above is manager Melanie Wheeler receiving the Blue Plaque from Lady Dannatt.
 

Eldred Willey, 21/03/2022

Eldred Willey
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