The Foundation was established in the 16th century with an endowment from a Elizabethan lawyer, Thomas Seckford. His family lived at Seckford Hall which is located on the outskirts of Woodbridge.
Throughout its long history the Foundation has been concerned with the welfare of local residents both young and old.
The objectives of this prominent Suffolk-based charity are realised through:
- The provision of high quality care at the Seckford Almshouses which offer sheltered, residential and day care for elderly people in their own community;
- The advancement of education at Woodbridge School, a thriving co-educational community of over 900 pupils aged four to 18 years;
- The operation of free schools in Beccles, Saxmundham and Ixworth in order to offer an alternative approach to secondary education in these areas;
- An apprenticeship programme for young people in the area who currently are not in employment, education or training;
- The provision of financial and administrative support for individuals, organisations and initiatives in the local community;
- Pioneering leadership within the not-for-profit sector.
Read more about the Seckford Foundation’s projects and organisational structure here.