The Porch Project was started in 2009 and engages with local young people between the ages of 11 and 20 years.

Young people gathered in St Mary’s Church porch because they had nowhere else to go. 

Instead of asking them to move on, they were invited into the church and offered 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

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Have you been missing 'Girls Tower'? Well now it's back as 'Inspiration', starting this Monday February 13th at Corks Lane.

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What's happening at Porch Hadleigh

Catch up on the latest news..........

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Funding + Support - Posted 20/01/2017 22:59

Fund raising by the Ipswich Building Society, Hadleigh

A big thank you to the staff in the Hadleigh branch of IBS.

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Funding + Support - Posted 15/01/2017 23:38

Porch Project eBay shop

Don’t forget!

 The Porch has a thriving eBay Shop, taking unwanted items and turning them into much needed funds to keep this excellent charity within our community.

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Christmas Disco

Everyone had a great time last night in the Guild Room at our Christmas Disco 2016.

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