Background

We are very proud of our history and track record supporting at-risk youth and communities. Refocus was started in 2005 after Lennox Rodgers, who had been in and out of prison for a period of 21 years and had been involved in gang culture, was asked to run some open discussions with a south east London gang. Whilst doing this Lennox realised that this was a second chance for him to be a positive role model, father and mentor to many young people from many different and diverse backgrounds. This experience led to some very positive outcomes for both the gang and Lennox. This was the key event that led to Lennox forming Refocus.

Since that time, we have been working with a variety of public and private sector bodies to deliver our services. We have been able to grow our team, our range of services, and ultimately the impact we have in our community.
Please refer to the “Our Services” section of this website for additional information about the work that we do and the “Our Outcomes” section for the results of our work.

Our History

Refocus is a specialist Crime Prevention and early intervention charity based in Dartford, the service being delivered predominantly in North and East of Kent. Its mission is to refocus young people who are in danger of, or have already taken, a wrong turn in their lives, helping them to tackle the root causes of their behaviour.

The charity is managed and was established in 2005 by Lennox Rodgers and his wife, Bali. Lennox is a qualified youth worker, coach, mentor and training manager with his own personal experience of prison, gangs and the criminal justice system. Bali is a former social and community development worker and addictions manager and who has worked with young people with a variety of mental health problems.  Bali has experience of being in care and was bullied at school s and so herself became a bully to those who were weaker than her.  Both are DBS checked.  Between them, Lennox and Bali have the skills to address  behavior that needs to be confronted.  They are prepared to share their own background with others, creating empathy and trust with the young people they work with.

Since that time, we have been working with a variety of public and private sector bodies to deliver our services. We have been able to grow our team, our range of services, and ultimately the impact we have in our community.
Please refer to the “Our Services” section of this website for additional information about the work that we do and the “Our Outcomes” section for the results of our work.

Refocus is a charity that operates as a community crime prevention service in counties of Kent and the South East of London.

Our aims are to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people turn lives around through cognitive and behavioural techniques, neuro linguistics re-programming and various other approaches.

We  use personal information sharing and case studies to show the negative impact which once ruined our lives and the lives of others around us.

Refocus is a specialist service and primarily targets those that other services struggle to get long term results with. Refocus is a link in the chain because we have a set of skills that compliment what other services . Services  often call on Refocus as a last resort and others at the earlier stages.

Refocus works with young people aged 8 to 18 who have a wide range of issues impacting their lives in a negative way. Refocus also gives advice and support to professionals, adults, teachers, communities, parents and carers who want to support and change the lives of young people.

The service can be used in a variety of settings including schools, as part of citizenship programmes, in community centres, youth services, youth offending teams, children homes, law enforcement agencies, prisons and many other public and private social care services and organisations.

Refocus in addition has recruited ex-offenders who have been there and done it and now want to put something back into the community as a restorative justice approach.  Our training incorporates both youth work and teaching so that our workers are always engaging with young people in a professional manner.