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:

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Funding + Support - Posted 24/08/2017 14:25

Grant award from Nordson Dage

We are extreemly grateful to Nordson Dage for supporting the Project with a grant for £2,400 to get our Horizons Programme up and running.

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Events - Posted 18/08/2017 23:06

WW1 Battlefield Tour for members of the Porch Project

On August 8th & 9th the Porch Project were fortunate enough to be able to take seven young people to France on a two-day WW1 Battlefield Tour. This was made available to us by Mark Brennan and the Hadleigh Great War Centenary Project, www.hadleighww1.com . What a wonderful opportunity for local young people to witness first-hand the great sacrifice and bravery of their local forefathers.

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Events - Posted 18/08/2017 22:43

Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner visits The Porch Project

On July 28th the Porch Project were very pleased to welcome Tim Passmore, the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner our temporary offices in Corks Lane.

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Events - Posted 31/07/2017 13:40

Summer Celebration and AGM

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Summer Celebration & AGM and to the Lindsey Rose for providing the delicious food.

We are very grateful for the continuing support from the local community.

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Events - Posted 12/06/2017 23:04

Bra Ha Ha

Look out in Hadleigh High Street for our display in Paddy & Scotts window.

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