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Norfolk Community Chaplaincy service planned 

CommunityChaplaincyA new service for ex-offenders in Norfolk will soon be launched to assist men to make the step from prison to life outside in a positive way.
 



Community Chaplaincy Norfolk is a service for men in Norfolk prisons – either Norwich or Wayland – and works in conjunction with Christian charity The House of Genesis.

The House of Genesis has been providing supported accommodation to homeless men and particularly homeless ex-offenders since 2001. The Community Chaplaincy project has arisen because of the need  to support people as they leave prison, whether or not they need  accommodation – and also to reach many others who need mentoring as they adjust to life back in the community.

Community Chaplaincies operate throughout the country and are staffed by volunteers who offer a variety of advice to people trying to sort their lives out, including addiction issues, medical problems, benefits and relationship advice. Practical needs are also addressed through the distribution of foodbank vouchers and also small toiletry packs, containing items such as a razor, toothbrush etc  or shaving foam.

Val Dodsworth, a trustee of The House of Genesis, is leading the Community Chaplaincy scheme. She said, “Going from prison to the world outside can be a big step, and if you face the future with a heap of good intentions about a different sort of life, it can also be a bit lonely at times.”

This is where Community Chaplaincy Norfolk comes in; the project helps men fulfil their good intentions on leaving prison. People can refer themselves or be referred by other agencies, such as The Prison Chaplaincy Team, a housing officer, a GP or a Probation Officer  Community Chaplaincy can help people who have already been released, or who are awaiting release from prison.

Each person is offered friendship and active support and is given an opportunity to discuss their plans, and the steps they feel they need to take to achieve success. The Community Chaplaincy Norfolk service will be based at the new House of Genesis premises on Dereham Road in Norwich.

A key part of Community Chaplaincy Norfolk’s success will be the part played by ex-service users who volunteer as role models for men upon their release from prison. With an understanding of issues faced, including addiction and destructive behaviour, they are well-placed to offer support and inspiration to others who intend to turn their lives around after prison.

Click here to read a previous article on The House of Genesis

If you would like to get involved in Community Chaplaincy Norfolk, either as a volunteer, a mentor or to offer resources, please contact Val Dodsworth on v.dodsworth@ntlworld.com or 07758 208470


 
 


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