''...my advice to you is to get focused with Community Focus.'' Toisin

Community Focus Youth group

Young People and Youth Engagement



Our aim is to encourage young people to feel confident in exploring the world around them using creativity as the tool. The arts provide a wide range of transferable skills for life in their communities. We deliver projects that are designed to build confidence and self-esteem within the young people that we work with. 


In partnership with our Local Authority, youth teams and other local, national and individual partners we work with young people who need and deserve a voice – a voice that is expressive, passionate and constructive.


Our team and centre provides a safe and accessible environment that young people love to visit, including for our Friday drop in mentoring sessions. We also have an in-house exhibiting space; the Helen O’ Toole Gallery – where young people can stage their first exhibitions to proudly display their films, ideas or artworks.


The young people that participate with us thrive on the creative opportunities that we present and they often inform us that our projects make them feel as though they are finally contributing to their society - which is music to our ears.



Health and Well Being


Community Focus announces New Youth Programme for 16-25 year olds in Barnet


Community Focus is delighted to announce that its new youth programme, ARTiculate, is now open “for business” and taking registrations from young people who want to get involved in this exciting new programme!! ARTiculate is an empowering 3-year programme using creativity to enhance and celebrate the positive mental health and emotional well-being of 16 – 25 year olds in Barnet.

Following the success of Community Focus’ 3-year project called FLY - http://www.itzfly.co.uk - and the recent appointment of the new ARTiculate Project Manager, James Hughes; Community Focus is keen that young people with mental health and emotional well-being issues have access to art projects and experience the benefits of getting involved in the arts. Amongst the many examples of the ‘arts’ would include painting, DJ-ing/ music, sculpting, singing, jewellery making, drama and photography.

ARTiculate is a self-referral project which gives groups of young people the opportunity to learn new skills over 8 art-sessions. Each session will last 2-3 hours and can be delivered flexibly to the young people’s needs, e.g. one evening a week for 8 weeks or over one week (during half-term). These art projects will happen across the borough of Barnet, e.g. in youth clubs, community centres and libraries.


The young people will be able to attend their own ‘Celebration’/ ‘Graduation’ Event so they can display or perform their new art work. Following the successfully completion of these art-group projects, the young people will be offered additional opportunities in accreditation, social enterprise and a volunteering/ mentoring programme.

If you are interested in participating in an ARTiculate project, please download and complete the registration form: Registration form

Return the completed Registration Form to James Hughes by emailing james.hughes@communityfocus.co.uk or by post to the address below: -

Community Focus, Friary House, Friary Park, Friary Road, Friern Barnet, London, N20 0NR.


If you needs help completing the Registration Form, please contact James who can arrange a time to meet you to support you with this. James’ contact number is 07948 111748

Alternatively professionals, e.g. GP’s, teachers, CAMHS workers, CPN’s, social workers and youth workers, can refer a young person into ARTiculate. Please contact James for the separate Referral Form.






Community Focus is delighted to announce the contribution and support of our funders and key partners in the ARTiculate programme. They include City Bridge Trust, Eclipse Barnet, Barnet and Southgate College and the Mrs.Smith and Mount Trust.