We’re pleased to announce our Meet Up Centre in Thetford has received £382,520 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the country.
The extension means funding for youth and family centre Meet Up, on the Redcastle Furze Estate in Thetford, will continue until the end of 2021. Meet Up’s aim is to provide leisure activity and support services in a safe and informal setting. The service has been well supported by the Big Lottery Fund and we are delighted it is continuing to fund the project for another three years.
Meet Up provides valuable services including a Youth Club, Parent Support Group, Parent and Toddler Group and a Senior Citizen Lunch Group and, in 2017-18, the centre enabled over 500 local people to access provisions in a safe and informal environment and to feel supported to make positive changes where necessary.
Meet Up Manager, Mike Towndrow explains: “The ongoing support of the Big Lottery Fund in extending the valuable work of Meet Up until the end of 2021 cannot be underestimated. In today’s uncertain financial climate, helping a service such as Meet Up continue its important work is a lifeline for so many in the local communities of the Redcastle, Abbey and Pine Close estates.
Mr Towndrow continues: “Building trust and offering consistency is something we are very proud of at Meet Up. Working closely with the Big Lottery Fund to offer quality services such as twice weekly Youth Clubs, Parent Support Groups and a Senior Citizen Lunch Club are an essential part of building stronger, safer communities.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have supported us over the years. To all the staff, volunteers, young people and families who help and attend all the groups – I feel extremely privileged to be able to continue to manage the service and see first-hand the good work we are doing.”
Elly De Decker, Senior Head of Regional Funding at Big Lottery Fund, said: “We are delighted that we can continue supporting the great work The Benjamin Foundation is doing to help people and communities thrive and ensure the valuable service provided becomes more sustainable. The Meet Up service provides an important role to many local residents, and it’s great to see money raised by National Lottery players helping to support this.”
It's a way for them to feel listened to when in other settings they may not be, through no fault of their own. We empower our young people and as a result we create stronger individuals.