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 05/10/2015 22:43

Girls Tower is back!

Girls Tower will be continuing at the Porch Project this term.

It's an event for girls, school years 7-10 with a new range of activities and events including crafts, games,discussions and a chance to help with a charity fashion show.

Also, we will do occasional activities out, such as the cinema or bowling.

When? Once a fortnight, 7:00-8.30PM

Starting? Thursday 8th October 2015

Where? Deanery Tower, St Mary's Church, Hadleigh

If you would like to be involved or if you have any questions, please contact Lizzie .

Please ask your parents or guardians to sign the consent form so that you can participate in Girls Tower at the Porch Project. Girls Tower Parental Consent Form

It would be great to see you there!

Lizzie, Sue & Nancy - Youth workers/volunteers at the Porch Project.


Events - Posted 02/10/2015 22:51

Fashion Show Friday 13th November

A Fashion Show showcasing the latest outfits from top retailers in Hadleigh High Street plus an exciting competion for 12-20 year olds. An all new event taking place in St Mary's Church, Hadleigh to raise funds for the Porch Project. Take a look under Funding & Support - Events for details & entry form.

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Funding + Support - Posted 02/10/2015 21:17

Young artist raises £100 for the Porch Project

You may have seen and possibly purchased some 'Sheep notepads' designed by young artist Ophelia Yannaghas, in keeping with Hadleigh's Year of the Sheep. All proceeds from the sales, amounting £100, have been donated to the Project so a very special thank you to Ophelia for her thoughtful support. 

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Funding + Support - Posted 15/09/2015 17:04

Porch Project/Safer Suffolk Fund

Follow this link to read our latest Press Release;

Porch Project Press Release - September 2015

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Events - Posted 14/09/2015 22:17

Porch Project Anniversary Service this Sunday

The Porch Project celebrates its Anniversary this Sunday, September 20th, with a 10.45am service at St Mary's Church. We will be showing the two short films previewed at the AGM. Come and join us in celebration and thanks.

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