We promote and support the education and care of the young and the elderly in and around the town of Woodbridge and the county of Suffolk. Originally founded with a gift from a prominent Elizabethan lawyer, Thomas Seckford, the Foundation is committed to:
- Enabling elderly people to lead safe, secure, independent and fulfilling lives and caring for them when in need
- Helping younger people to achieve their potential and to lead financially independent and productive lives
- Strengthening the communities in which those we support live, ensuring no-one suffers through rural isolation
Although proud of our history we do not live in the past; on the contrary the trustees regularly revisit our aims and aspirations to make sure they remain relevant and achieve maximum impact in the 21st century
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. 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.
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. he programme includes both professional and amateur dramatic productions, talks and recitals, as well as many Woodbridge School productions which are open to the public.
Work with us
We always welcome volunteers, both to help with our care of the elderly and on our mentoring programme. If you would like more information about volunteering with us please contact the foundation office via telephone or email.
Working in our Care Homes
There are regular opportunities to join the Almshouse team, for more information about the vacancies available please visit our careers page.