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 850 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 […]
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 […]
We support and help young people under 25 in the local communities in which we operate through our Springboard initiative.
As part of our aim of enabling young people to lead economically independent and productive lives, we have established A Foundation for Work, an apprenticeship programme which is open to disadvantaged or marginalised young people who currently are not in employment, education or training. We look to local businesses to join with us to help expand this programme so that more young people may benefit by creating productive partnerships.
Our Small Grants programme allows individuals and organisations to apply for financial help to achieve an improvement in their lives and we are particularly keen to support efforts to enhance opportunities for education, training and employment.
The Foundation has recently launched its own Mentoring programme, through which we aim to develop the life skills of those young people who may be struggling to find a job or suitable training or are uncertain about their next steps. We propose to run several sessions a year for new mentors, and if you would like to be part of this exciting new initiative, please get in touch with us […]
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.