Want to talk to someone?
One-to-one Youth Work Co-ordinator support, the mentoring programme and counselling sessions.
Sometimes you might need some additional support over and above having somewhere safe to meet your friends regularly and/ or joining one of the Porch Project’s group activities. Having one-to-one time with a qualified and trained youth worker, mentor or counsellor or allows you to talk openly and freely about anything that is bothering you.
No matter how good your relationship with your parent(s) is, sometimes it’s not always easy to have the calm and supportive conversations you need to work through a problem without the conversation becoming an argument or an interrogation.
One-to-one with our Youth Work Co-ordinator – Craig.
You can talk to him about anything that’s bothering you, no matter how stupid, embarrassing or serious you might think it is. He can work with you to decide the best way forward, by helping you to make your own informed choices and decisions. He will never tell you what you should do or judge you.
He might suggest you meet with him a few more times, or with one of our other youth workers, or talk to you about joining our mentoring programme or explain how counselling might help you.
You will be assigned your very own trained volunteer mentor who will work with you for 1-2 hours a week over a 12 month period. They can help you set some personal goals that you want to achieve and agree some weekly bite sized steps to help you stay on track.
It’s not always easy knowing what you want to do; it’s not always easy knowing where to start or how to how to get from A to B; it’s not easy keeping motivated if things don’t happen quickly; it’s not always easy to find someone whose got the time to listen and can totally focus on you. These are the sort of things a consistent and regular mentor can help with.
Mentors can help you improve your self confidence, communication, self control, motivation, staying power and decision making skills.
A counsellor can help you overcome negative or difficult thoughts, feelings, experiences and behaviours. Counsellors don’t tell you what to do; they help you identify your problems, understand them, the effect they have on you and others around you, and help you learn how to deal with them and find alternative ways to cope and overcome them so you can make positive changes and choices to your life going forward.
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.
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.
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.
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.