FOCUS CIC is founded and run by Andrea Corbett (BSc PGCE), British Champion and IFBB Elite Pro Women’s Physique (natural) Bodybuilder, a Coach (NLP), Personal Trainer, Mentoring Manager for the Charity Hope in Tottenham, Mental Health First Aid Instructor: Training adults the practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues. and giving them the confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress and mental health ambassador 


To view Andrea's Journey with Mental Health Video - click here

"Our mission is to encourage as many individuals as possible to focus on creating their ultimate selves; educating and empowering them by teaching the benefits of good mental and physical health.

We will promote the use of exercise and fitness, combined with a healthy, balanced diet and the use of solution focused techniques to help the individuals to look good and feel good; inside and out."

F.O.C.U.S CIC is a fully funded

Community Interest Company

Company No: 10428970

East London Leaders

East London has a vibrant and diverse community and is a unique part of the city where people from different cultures and backgrounds live and work. However, along with the challenges of growing up in London, many young people don’t always have the opportunity to have their voice heard or meet others from different backgrounds.

East London Leaders will support up to 200 young people from five east London boroughs: Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham. 


Participants will explore what local identity means to them through projects and campaigns that have a positive impact on their local community and amplify their voice to get their message heard.

How it works
East London Leaders will support young people to plan and deliver a social action project or campaign that has a positive impact on their community around the theme of local identity.

  • Training from London Youth and a dedicated officer to support you through the project

  • Expert support from advertising agency, M&C Saatchi (an international advertising agency network), for young people to create content for their campaign or project.

  • A masterclass on democratic engagement at Parliament.

Youth Fitness Mentoring Programme


Mentoring Programme


Mentoring Programme




For further details any of these services below, please contact 

Health & Wellbeing Workshops

Vision Board 


Goal Setting





Youth Fitness Mentoring Programme

Why the Youth Fitness Mentoring Programme?


The programme was created when Andrea qualified as a personal trainer, she wanted to combine all her qualifications and her role as a mental health ambassador, to inform young people on how they can use fitness and a positive mindset to help manage their mental health.


The programme was piloted as a early intervention measure for looked after children (LAC) because statistics show that of the 68,000 Looked After Children in England, 67.8% have special educational needs. 1 in 10 children aged between 5 and 16 have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

The aim of the programme is to give each person a chance to have fun, learn whilst doing so and be part of a unique service that promotes healthy lifestyles. 


As a result of the positive impact that the programme had on the young people and the fact that 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14, it is now available to young people of all backgrounds, aged 11-18 years old.

What is the Youth Fitness Mentoring Programme?

  • Social prescribing - enabling professionals and parents/carers to refer young people to our non-clinical service.

  • Gives each young person the opportunity to take part in fitness mentoring sessions (be active), educating them on the benefits of good mental and physical health, combined with a healthy nutritional diet.

  • Provides support for challenging or vulnerable young people, in a safe and nurturing environment, a place where they can F.O.C.U.S both mentally and physically on educating themselves for a healthier future.

  • Teaches the five ways to wellbeing: A mindfulness programme equipping them to be able to use the lessons learnt in their everyday lives.

  • Guides the young people to understand that is is not always possible to tackle their mental health or self esteem directly. As a result, they are given the skills to know how to positively use their body, as the thin end of the wedge.

Benefits of physical activity for children & young people

• Builds confidence & social skills

• Develops co-ordination

• Improves concentration & learning

• Strengthens muscles & bones

• Improves health & fitness

• Maintains healthy weight

• Improves sleep

• Releases endorphins - a hormone that the body produces to ease pain and make you feel calm and happy.

A young person aged 11-21 years old can be referred to the programme via the following:

  • The Local Authority - Virtual School

  • School / College / University

  • Family 

Current Programme:

  • Once a week for 60 minutes participation in physical activity for six weeks - (minimum time spent on the programme)

  • 1:1 or buddy support (The consultation and personal development time is always an individual session)

  • Physical expression - identifying what is going on in the body & mind

  • Access to a positive role model

  • A mentor to discuss any issues they may be having to deal with in or out of their family home

  • Personal development workbook

  • Weekly discussions/topics - Mental health awareness, body image, nutrition, education, personal hygiene 


In addition to the practical training and education, young people are mentored to assure them that they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges and making them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful, positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.

How we Measuring Impact

  • Pre/Post/Follow up - Questions for the young person, carer and social worker

  • Rate your mood - pre, during and after the session

  • SMART goals based outcome questionnaires


Mentoring Programme


The F.O.C.U.S Mentoring Programme is setup to support young people who may be experiencing challenge, change and stress. It can sometimes be difficult for schools/ families/carers to find a route into helping a young person, and mentors can offer another pathway.


The F.O.C.U.S Mentoring Programme provides a healthy, trusting relationship through clear communication and setting appropriate boundaries. Each young person will have access to an active listener (mentor), who can offer support and encouragement when appropriate and engage in activities to help expose the young person to new opportunities and experiences.

The programme is particularly useful because it offers a side-by-side, collaborative approach, and as such, is particularly appealing and engaging to young people who have often felt criticised and judged.


The F.O.C.U.S Mentoring Programme involves the mentee setting an achievable creative learning and earning goal to be completed over the time-line of the programme. The mentee chooses what they aim to achieve with the support of their mentor and then receives on-going support and guidance form their mentor to achieve their goal, make healthy choices and reduce risks associated with anti-social behaviour and social isolation.


The F.O.C.U.S Mentoring Programme empowers the young people to resolve current issues and to develop coping strategies for the future. It gives them the skills to acknowledge their own strengths, talents and gifts and encouraging them to find ways to use them. Each young person is encouraged to focus on creating their ultimate self (F.O.C.U.S).


Money Matters Programme

Financial education is the teaching and learning that leads to individuals improving their knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to money and money matters. 

Children and young people growing up today are exposed to an increasing range of financial decisions, from day to day activities. 

Technological change had facilitated their involvement in making financial decisions from a early age.

Financial education can play an important role in helping young people navigate these new financial and consumer landscapes and helps prepare them for the financial reality of life beyond the school gates

Where is financial education on the national curriculum?
• Mathematics (statutory)
• Citizenship (statutory)
• Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) (non-statutory)


Topics covered

1.     Savings

2.     Making the most out of your money

3.     Borrowing

4.     Moving on from school – The world of work

5.     Risk and reward

6.     Security and fraud

12 week fitness & wellbeing programme
FREE Boxercise for adults & children
Fully funded by Peabody Community Fund

Our Tips 'n' Sips event for the local community

Everyone feels stress from time to time, so it’s important to find ways to #AddressYourStress. 

​Understanding what causes us stress and taking action to manage our stress levels is a key part of looking after our wellbeing.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, understanding what causes us stress and taking action to manage our stress levels is a key part of looking after our wellbeing.

Long-term stress can harm your health and wellbeing.

#AddressYourStress and find ways of coping with daily stressors.

Everyone feels stress from time to time, so it’s important to find ways to #AddressYourStress. 

​Understanding what causes us stress and taking action to manage our stress levels is a key part of looking after our wellbeing.

Stress affects both our physical and mental health.

Results of the Mental Health Foundation's 2018 study

The study was an online poll undertaken by YouGov, and had a sample size of 4,619 respondents. This is the largest known study of stress levels in the UK.

In the past year, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope.

46% reported that they ate too much or ate unhealthily due to stress.

30% of older people reported never feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope in the past year, compared to 7% of young adults.

51% of adults who felt stressed reported feeling depressed, and 61% reported feeling anxious.

49% of 18-24 year olds who have experienced high levels of stress, felt that comparing themselves to others was a source of stress, which was higher than in any of the older age groups.

Andrea Corbett's  journey with a mental health illness


Focus On Creating YOUR Ultimate Self CIC

Company No: 10428970

East London Leaders:

Tel. 07497 125 772