Project information

Refocus "U CHOOZ"

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.

3 Years

Charity information: Refocus

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  • 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. (


    Refocus will run a tailor made rolling 6 week programme to young people 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
    Recently we delivered positive attitudes and consequences to 200 young people, 45 young people asked for more support

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide an alternative to exclusion interventions to keep vulnerable young people in education.


    » Reach 1000 young people per year & deliver early intervention to 800 young people in schools, communities and youth services.
    » We will provide 180 young people an intense “U Chooz” programmes; monthly with 15 young people per month over 5 days
    » 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 mentoring on a one to one a year, which is 4 young people a week on a one to one over 4 weeks a year.

    What success will look like

    Refocus shares the harsh realities of prison life and use personal case studies to engage young people in a way that feel motivated to change.

  • Impact


    Reduce the cycle of offending and reduce exclusions of young people in school. by using re-programming techniques (NLP, neuro linguistic reprogramming) and cognitive behavioural approaches to help young people change their negative behaviour into positive behaviour.
    This will be monitored through our relationship with partners that we will be working with long term. We expect 30% of the young people to go back into education, 10% to go into training, 5% to start volunteering in local areas.


    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


    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: £89,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Trainer To reach 1000 young people in schools
      £25,000 Mentor/volunteers To deliver weekly mentoring and
      £20,000 Admin evaluation, stationary resources,publicity
      £14,000 Venue/volunteers Running cost and base to run/ volunteers
  • Background


    Through our pilot experiences we will have planned for the programmes to run regionally, wherever there is a need identified from the police, parents, schools and youth services in Kent and the South east of London. The referrals will be bundled together to the nearest venue. We will also at times base ourselves in schools for short term periods and youth offending services.


    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 7 years. .
    "My son has gone from selling drugs and being in a gang to realising what will happen if he ends up in prison. He has gone from not attending school to grade b's, I wish there were more people like Refocus , my son is now on an apprenticeship .

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    He has been with Refocus for 5 years he developed his skills from a volunteer to full time & he utilises his personal experiences very constructively