Project information

Refocus Project ltd

An alternative to exclusion crime prevention & life skills programme provided by trained ex - offenders and ex users to help disadvantaged & vulnerable young people aged 11-21 years old who are on the verge or involved in crime, gangs, bullying, violence, drugs, alcohol.

Ongoing

Charity information: Refocus

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  • Need

    Need

    Reducing the proportion of 11- to 19-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) is a priority for the Government. Being NEET between the ages of 16–18 is a major predictor of later unemployment, low income, teenage motherhood, depression and poor physical health. No single agency holds all the keys to reducing NEET; LAs, schools, the Learning and Skills Council, youth support services and employers all have key roles to play. (http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/Youth)

    Solution

    Refocus will run awareness sessions and tailor made rolling 6 week programmes to young people and intensive mentoring for 6 months, as an alternative to exclusion, in schools and colleges on drugs, crime and the law, gangs, through ex-offenders and users who have first hand real life experiences, that breaks down barriers and provides an empathy to unlock issues that young people struggle with. To break the cycle of offending

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide an alternative to exclusion and crime


    Activities

    » Reach 1000 young people and provide awareness and preventative sessions on gangs, knife crime and vioence
    » Provide small group sessions for over 6 weeks to those in need of more intensive support , anger , knife crime, confidence building, gang culture
    » Receive referrals from the police, judicial system, Youth offending teams, schools, parents and youth services and set up local programmes.
    » Provide 48 young people specialist Intensive mentoring on a one to one for 6 months

    What success will look like

    Feedback from professionals, written and verbal information from young people, police , schools and parents over a period of 6 months


  • Impact

    Impact

    Reduce the cycle of offending
    Increase confidence and resilience in young people
    Reduce exclusions from school

    This will be monitored through our relationship with partners he community and be recorded

    Risk

    There is a risk of a lack of referrals to our programmes which is why we will be networking ad building a forum that will include key partners. A risk of delivering workshops is that many young people will one to one sessions which may uncover child protection issues. Refocus has experienced this many times which is why we will only go into schools equipped with the resources to deliver mentoring session aswell if young people need them. Refocus also has safe guarding measures in place

    Reporting

    Refocus uses written and verbal feedback from young people and the services. refocus will also do follow ups with the schools 3 months after delivering sessions. We also will evaluate the programme every 3 months and report back to donors through a written evaluation

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Trainer To reach 1000 young people in schools, and provide intensive mentoring to 48 young people
      £5,500 Admin Cordination and follow up
  • Background

    Location

    The programme willl run in South East London and North Kent

    Beneficiaries

    Young people ultimately who are struggling with coping with their behaviour will benefit in their education and in their personal development. Parents and carers will also benefit from the positive changes of their young person. Local communities will benefit from a safer environment. Refocus is known to reduce crime in areas they deliver sessions.
    The local areas will benefit from a reduction in crime, we recently mentored a young person who went to every shop he had stolen from and apologised

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Refocus is Unique in that they are referred young people that are difficult to reach and are on their last chance. Refocus has identified the need or this programme from the work they have been doing for the last 13 years. .

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Lennox Rodgers

    He has been with Refocus for 13 yrs he developed his skills from a volunteer to full time & he utilises his personal experiences very constructively