New project suite unveiled

The award-winning Porch Project has opened a new educational suite in Hadleigh to give youngsters a chance to work on their CV skills as well as applying for jobs.

Computers have been installed on the top floor of The Deanery tower, next to St Mary’s Church in Hadleigh, where more than 300 Porch Project members, aged 11 to 20, meet twice a week.

The suite was opened by the High Sheriff of Suffolk, Andrew Norman-Butler, on Friday and will offer school homework clubs, music and movie-making software, as well as providing sex education.

“Young people will also get the chance to develop their CV writing skills and try out mock job interviews as well as gain help with applying for jobs and much, much more,” said Craig Hutton, a youth worker at the charity. “It will be a real resource for the young people of Hadleigh.”

James Buckle, who is chairman of the project, added: “The Porch Project is doing some amazing things with, and for, the young people of Hadleigh and the education suite is the next essential step.”

The Porch Project was started three years ago after young people would hang around in the porch of the church.