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.
Charity information: Refocus
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)
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
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
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
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 - Project Cost: £35,500Loading graph....
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
The programme willl run in South East London and North Kent
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
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. .
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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