The hub of our work with and for older people is based at the Seckford Almshouses where we offer sheltered, very sheltered, residential accommodation and day care services enabling older people to lead safe, secure, independent and fulfilling lives. We care for them when in need and we aim to be flexible and to respond to any need that helps us fulfil this aim […]
Young people and education have been in our DNA for more than 350 years. Today we educate some 700 pupils aged from 4 to 18 through Woodbridge School. The School has an outstanding academic reputation as well as achievements in music, sport, drama, art and chess. Through our bursary fund many of our pupils benefit from financial support to enable them to access this world class education […]
Seckford Education Trust
Responding to the pleas of help from the communities of Beccles and Saxmundham to provide educational opportunity and choice for its young people, we established two publicly funded Free Schools which opened in September 2012 and cater for 11-16 year olds. Our third Free School, in Ixworth, opened in September 2014 […]
Seckford Foundation supports and helps young people under 25 living in rural Suffolk through its Springboard initiative. Thomas Seckford’s 1587 founding vision, of providing firm foundations for individuals from where they could build an independent and productive future, is still upheld today through many aspects of the charity’s work, not least the Springboard project. A comprehensive mentoring programme, encompassing all aspects of a young person’s life, from careers to health and well-being, encourages positive aspiration, helps to evaluate and develop skills whilst pro-actively supporting progression. The programme develops career management and life skills for young people facing challenges with career choices, perceived health or learning barriers or uncertainty about their next steps.
Situated in the grounds of Woodbridge School, the Seckford Theatre is a professional theatre that can seat 350 in any manner of arrangement thanks to its versatile staging and seating configurations. Built less than ten years ago, it has established itself as one of the finest facilities in the East of England. Within the auditorium there are state of the art lighting and sound systems and the backstage facilities include dressing rooms for large casts, a show relay and a design workshop. The theatre is also equipped for conferences and presentations with a cinema screen and cinema specification digital projector. The programme includes both professional and amateur dramatic productions, talks and recitals, as well as many Woodbridge School productions which are open to the public […]
The Foundation’s Role in the Community
Our experience of care and education and of working with local and central government has enabled us to adopt a position of thought leadership, both locally and nationally. Our views on topical issues concerning care and education in their broadest senses are widely sought, and we sponsor lectures and conferences on a variety of related subjects.
The Foundation is not a wealthy charity. We own land and investments but these cannot be used to fund our charitable activities. We rely heavily on donations and support to fund our work. Anyone interested in helping us reach more people by donating, leaving a legacy, volunteering as mentor, offering a work placement to our apprentices or just in finding out more about us then do contact us.