We provide positive activities for young people who may have limited opportunities in life. We give young people a safe, supportive environment where our staff will give them opportunities to learn, socialise and be a positive part of their community.

Meet Up is our Youth and Family Centre on Thetford’s Redcastle Furze Estate. Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, its main aim is to provide leisure activity and support services for young people and the local community. It enables them to access provisions in what feels to them to be a safe and informal environment and make positive choices and changes where necessary.

Meet Up is currently offering a limited Summer programme, bookable in advance on a Tuesday and Thursday at the following times:

  • Tuesday: 10.30am to 12 midday: Activity session for Year 4.
  • Tuesday: 1.30pm to 3pm: Activity session for Years’ 7 to 11.
  • Thursday: 10.30am to 12 midday: Activity session for Years’ 5 & 6.
  • Thursday: 1.30pm to 3pm: Activity session for a family or 2 families if already in a bubble.

All sessions require seated activities and may include, Art & Crafts, Board Games, Quiz’s and discussions on Mental Health & Wellbeing during Covid 19. We are unable to provide food and drink for each session therefore attendees are invited to bring their own if required.

In addition we are also at the centre on a Monday between 10am and 5pm for 1 to 1 sessions for anyone struggling with general wellbeing and in need of a friendly face to discuss concerns or anxieties surrounding the present climate (social distancing adhered to).

Both Mike & Elaine are available on the following numbers to book sessions and to give any further information as required. If we are unavailable please leave a message and we will get back to you ASAP.

  • Mike: 07872 407400
  • Elaine: 07817 014997
  • Meet Up: 01842 820871


Youth Club, Mondays and Thursdays (term time), 4pm – 5.30pm

Activities and workshops for young people in years 4,5 and 6.

Youth Drop-In, Mondays and Thursday (term time), 5.30pm – 7pm

Drop-In is for high school aged young people from years 7 to 11.

Young Persons Life Skills Support Group, Mondays (term time) 12pm – 2pm

For young people aged 11 to 15 who are not in full time education. We provide food in a relaxed, non judgemental space for young people to access support and gain life skills, such as cooking, computing and budgeting.

Senior Citizen’s Lunch Group, Fridays (term time) 11.30am – 1.30pm

We provide a hot meal and dessert for our local senior citizens. This is a very friendly supportive group for our older generation who really enjoy the regular get-togethers and opportunity to socialise and gain support.

Parents Support Group, Tuesdays (term time), 11am – 1pm

Parents have the opportunity to gain support in a relaxed and non judgemental atmosphere. Hot drinks and biscuits are provided free of charge.

Parent and Toddler Group, Wednesdays (term time), 1.30pm – 3pm

Parents, grandparents and carers are invited with their toddlers along to our group. Parents-to-be are also very welcome to attend. The groups are friendly, relaxed and completely free of charge. All children are welcome up to the age of 5 years.

Breckland BLAH LGBT+ Youth group, Fortnightly on Wednesdays, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

New for 2019. A group to provide support for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as those questioning their sexuality or gender identity. For those aged between 13 and 25 years of age.

Family Saturday Club, Fortnightly on Saturdays, 11am – 1pm

New for 2019. These sessions are for those parents who are looking for a safe nurturing place to go and strengthen their relationship with their child or children. A light snack will be provided. Ages 3 to 11 years accompanied by a parent(s) are welcome.

School Holidays

We run a programme of events during most school holidays. Many are free of charge while some, for example residential trips, incur a reasonable fee. Most events and workshops are aimed at 8 to 16 year olds. To keep informed of our school holiday offerings follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Counselling Service

Meet Up has a limited counselling service which is run on a referral basis only.


Meet Up Redcastle Furze Community Centre, St Martins Way, Thetford IP24 3PU

T: 01842 820871

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