Community Connectors

Our friendly team of Community Connectors have conversations with local residents in key neighbourhoods in Norwich to discover what matters to them, what they are passionate about and what they would like to do with others to help them flourish in community life.

The conversations take place in a range of settings such as cafes, outside local schools, community events, door knocking and at The Shoebox. Some of you may have even had a chat with the Connectors already!

Feedback from the conversations is be shared with our funders including Norwich City Council and Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System and more widely with the community, local forums and colleagues to inform further learning and community development. 

Meet the team.

Get to know our team of Community Connectors!

Ruth Jenkins

Community Connector Coordinator


I initially started working for The Shoebox as a Community Connector for Mancroft ward. I love the area, to me it’s the heart of the City. There’s always so much going on, so much creativity and energy.

Now working with all the Connectors, it’s lovely to see the different discoveries they are making in their own areas of the city. 

When I’m not working I’m a yarn spinner and love making my own clothes slowly and sustainably from scratch.

– Ruth

Mile Cross.

Claire Davy

Community Connector – Mile Cross


I have lived in Mile Cross about a year and have already discovered lots of things to do locally! I love chatting with new people and making friends. I like to help out where I can.

I’m learning new skills all the time and I’m eager to learn more.

– Claire

Rachel Wood

Community Connector – Mile Cross


I originate from Buxton, Derbyshire and have lived here for 10 years. I live on the outskirts of Mile Cross with my cat.

I love learning more about Mile Cross and meeting local people.

In my spare time I love writing stories for children and have a story published by Norwich Writers circle. I also love weaving on a table loom and spending time in nature.

– Rachel

North Earlham.

Sonya Masimbe

Community Connector – North Earlham


I am an avid reader and have recently started to explore new genres. I love the local library and have been a regular for many years, it’s just like shopping but for free! 

I’m passionate about anti-racism and advocate for a multicultural society.  My tattoos and piercings are an important part of my self-expression. 

My children are my inspiration and my pride in them is immense. I’m looking forward to getting out there and learning more about the area and its residents.

– Sonya

Rainy Waller

Community Connector – North Earlham


Hi, my name is Lorraine but I am best known as Rainy.
I have lived in North Earlham for most of my life and I am driven by seeing people flourish with their personal goals and aspirations.
I am extremely passionate about my local community and have networked alongside organisations and groups within North Earlham by creating fun, safe, friendly family activities and events.
I love nothing more than seeing people smile and gaining happy memories.

– Rainy

Norwich City Centre.

Chloe Laurie

Community Connector – Norwich City Centre


I live close to Heathgate and am a mother to two girls. I’ve attended many groups in the area in the past. 

I love soul music, art, upcycling and basically anything wacky!

I’m chatty, open minded and love a good giggle with people.

My passions are empowering people to overcome any struggle in their lives and spread positivity.

– Chloe

Saskia Townsend

Community Connector – Norwich City Centre


I’m fairly new to the city but have been a regular visitor all my life. 

I have family who live in the Heathgate area and are struck by the vibrant activity in their community. I’m looking forward to discovering how we feel connected to our surroundings and how we can engage in conversations about real and perceived communities.

In my spare time I love doing crafts and enjoy making stained glass windows.

– Saskia

Community Voices Using your feedback to improve care

The Community Connectors project is supported by funding from Norwich City Council and Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System. 

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