The charity Community Action Norwich was formed in 1999, as an umbrella organisation for the social outreach work of a local free church based in the Lakenham area of Norwich. This church had been working in the community for 10 years before Community Action Norwich was formed. Lakenham has approximately 19,000 residents, and according to local authority tables, is listed as the third highest priority area in the city in terms of social deprivation and need.


Daily we are dealing with issues surrounding family breakdown, poverty, crime, drug and alcohol misuse and isolation of older people. A charitable trust was formed to enable us to be better equipped to meet the challenges and take the opportunities which were opening to us. In November 2002, we won the Investor's in People Award and continue to keep up the standard of quality the award requires.

Our Vision:

We exist to meet the needs of people through programmes of community care.

Our Values:

Community Action Norwich promises to uphold basic human values as presented through Christian teachings. We seek to reflect these values through our own lives and caring work. We believe in the inherent dignity, the unique beauty and potential goodness of all people.


We recognise that in each human being there is a valuable member of society who is worthy of respect, no matter what lifestyle they choose to follow. We acknowledge the right of each individual to experience the love which is based in Christianity. We are committed to sharing this love by offering care and hospitality to all who come to our programs.


We aim to provide an environment in which all will feel valued and loved and in which a sense of self-worth will generate inner healing. We value excellence in all things. Using our talents and energies we will strive to create programs which encourage the growth of all.

Our Team:
Duane Elkins

Community Outreach Manager; 

Social Prescription.

Elizabeth Davey

Project Development.

Victor Gillon

Day Centre Assistant.

Gwilym Davey

Community Cafe Manager; Children and Youth Worker.

Claire Jackson

Kitchen Manager.

Clive Drake

Finance Officer.

Our Trustees

John Betts (Chair); Barbara Edwards; Jenny Drake; Everjoice Makuve