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

Events - Posted 16/04/2018 10:48

Visit from the Robin Cancer Trust

On Tuesday 10th April we were visited in Hadleigh by Toby from the Robin Cancer Trust. The aim of the Robin Cancer Trust is to raise awareness around germ cell cancer (testicular and ovarian cancer) and to teach people how to correctly check for symptoms so that cancer can be found at an earlier stage so the chances of survival are higher. 

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Events - Posted 21/02/2018 11:08

Horizons session 4 - Ipswich East Fire Station

On Thursday 15th of February we held our fourth Horizons session at Ipswich East Fire Station just off the A14 on Ransomes Euro Park, we took 7 young people in total from both Hadleigh and Cornard.

This has really kicked Horizons 2018 off to a great start. The plan is to run Horizons sessions on the third Thursday of every month and we are in talks with a variety of local businesses and industries. Get in touch with Zach if you would like your business to be part of this project.

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Events - Posted 13/02/2018 23:05

Kayleigh Diss joins the team

Today Kayleigh joined our youth work team and we're all looking forward to working with her.

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Events - Posted 09/02/2018 18:21

DanceEast comes to the Porch Project

The  Porch Project is working with DanceEast´╗┐  on a Hadleigh Town Dance Project. Starting Tuesday 20th at our drop-in session and running for 6 weeks. 

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Events - Posted 06/02/2018 22:47


The Porch Project continues to go from strength to strength and on the evening of Wednesday 24th January our new premises in Hadleigh were officially declared open by The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Clare, Countess of Euston.

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