Meet Up project in Thetford launches fund-raiser for its building

Meet up in Thetford is launching a fundraising campaign ANL-160222-211440009
Meet up in Thetford is launching a fundraising campaign ANL-160222-211440009

A bid to raise £50,000 to rescue a much loved community building which is home to vital services for the people of Thetford was launched this week.

The Meet Up community hub run by the Benjamin Foundation needs to raise money to repair the roof of Redcastle Furze Community Centre in St Martin’s Way.

Meet up in Thetford is launching a fundraising campaign 

Pictured: Alfie Browne, Max Woodall, Ronald Viscockis with Mayor ANL-160222-211615009

Meet up in Thetford is launching a fundraising campaign Pictured: Alfie Browne, Max Woodall, Ronald Viscockis with Mayor ANL-160222-211615009

The foundation, which helps the community, is now asking the community to give it a helping hand.

It works finding housing for homeless young people and those leaving care, helps resettle rough sleepers and people in crisis, and offers one to one support for children in school. It also helps provide positive activities for young people with limited opportunities.

Families and parents in difficulties are supported and the foundation offers high quality child care and kids clubs. It also provides outreach rural support, helps special needs groups and provides counselling services.

On Monday’s launch Thetford Mayor Cllr Robert Kybird was shown the building’s state of repair, met youngsters from the youth club and enjoyed a game of table football with them.

Since it opened in 2010 Meet Up has helped more than 1,000 children, young people, families and older people, but to continue to operate it needs to maintain the building.

Repair work includes £30,000 for the roof plus improvements to the toilets and repainting work.

The centre would also like to install cavity wall insulation.

Meet Up is looking to its community for help with donating materials such as paint, haulage/logistic services and wood plus calling on those with skill such as plumbing, carpentry, electrics and decorating .

“Mike Towndrow, Meet Up manager, said: “Meet Up means so much to such a diverse range of people within our community. It is a social lifeline as well as a professional resource for many.

“We help people to raise their aspirations and believe in themselves, which in turn benefits the wider community.

“From a local business point of view these people have the potential to become successful employees, innovators and leaders of the future. If they are successful, we are all successful.”

To pledge a donation or offer help contact mike.towndrow@benjaminfoundation.co.uk or call 01842 820871 por contact karen.smith@benjaminfoundation.co.uk or call 01603 615670.