We provide positive activities for young people who may have limited opportunities. 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.

February half-term offered the young people of Meet Up the chance to experience something new at a special Street Art workshop, inspired by a large mural on the wall of the main hall.

With two workshops taking place during the week, young people learned what street art is, its history, and they talked about famous street artists. The ultimate aim is for the young people to work together to design a piece of street art to be completed at Easter in the hall of Meet Up as part of the centre’s tenth anniversary celebrations.

Oscar, who worked carefully on a design featuring angels and demons, declared:

“This is the most creative I have been in my life!”

He said his favourite part was colouring in his artwork.

A second young person, Mylee said: “I’ve really liked everything so far. I like painting and drawing anyway. I’ve also been watching some of Banksy’s work on YouTube.”

Meet Up Manager, Mike Towndrow said:

“We do a lot of art activities at Meet Up and the young people were keen to change the street art in our main hall so this has been a great half term activity for them. They see graffiti around so we have used the sessions to educate on the positives of street art and using this and their imaginations to inspire their own designs.”

Mike continues: “This will also tie in nicely with our tenth anniversary celebrations this Easter where the young people can have a real impact with the design in our hall.”

To find out more about Meet Up and their tenth anniversary celebrations visit https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/service/meet-up/

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