The Porch Project engages with local young people between the ages of 11 and 20 years. The project was started in 2009 by the Very Reverend Martin Thrower, who is the Dean of Hadleigh.

When he arrived in Hadleigh he found young people were gathering in the St Mary’s Church’s porch because they had nowhere else to go. 

Instead of asking them to move, he invited them into the church and offered them somewhere safe they could regularly meet and socialise and so the Porch Project was born. 

The Porch Project aims to support young people’s: physical, mental, social, spiritual and educational well-being. We don’t work in isolation, our youth workers and mentors work closely with a range of partner organisations and agencies to provide joined up and integrated support if and when young people need it.

The project currently engages with over 450 young people in Hadleigh and the surrounding areas through its social activities, learning and support programmes, school visits and street work. 

Over 300 local young people are registered with the project and regularly use the project’s:

Drop-in centre
State of the art computer suite
Additional support programmes

Growing and developing.

The project continues to grow and more additional programmes are being developed as young people tell us what activities, help and support they feel they need to find the right path and make the right choices as they move forward from being young people to young adults.

Many young people stay with us for a number of years, accessing different activities and additional programmes as their support needs change.

What it costs to run the project?

The Porch Project needs to raise £100,000 per year to provide its current facilities and activities. The project constantly seeks feedback from young people, parents and other organisations it works with in order to develop new support programmes.

For example, it costs:


For a qualified youth worker to spend one hour talking confidentially to a young person about any issues they are worried about.


For a young person to have a confidential session with a qualified and experienced counsellor.


To run a 12 week sexual health awareness programme for 10 young people.


For a young person to attend the drop-in centre every week for a year.


To train a mentor and for that mentor to support a young person for 1-2 hours a week for a year.


To run the state of the art computer centre with its homework and revision club, job search facilities and e-learning programmes for a year.

What's new

Events - Posted 23/08/2016 17:34

2016 AGM

A big thank you to everyone who came along to show their support for the Porch Project on the 28th July.

Read more

Events - Posted 23/07/2016 16:03

Porch Project 2016 AGM

Thursday 28th July 2016, 7pm      St Mary's Church, Hadleigh

Read more

Events - Posted 08/07/2016 20:28

Summer at the Porch Project

Project timings have changed slightly for the summer........

Read more

Events - Posted 03/06/2016 10:24

Barbara Boyd retires from Board of Trustees

At the May meeting of Trustees Barbara Boyd advised that she had decided to retire from the board. She assured the Trustees that her support both personal and via the Thrift Shop would continue. 

Read more

Funding + Support - Posted 26/05/2016 16:07

2016 Polstead Walk another great success

Thank you to Hilary Jacklin for arranging the Polstead Walk and raising £1,366.88 for our funds.

Read more