Co-founder of Make (Good) Trouble, Tayler is responsible for creating and developing editorial, radio and podcast projects as well as and heading up the social media offer. Tayler is our Deputy Child Protection/Safeguarding Lead.

Our latest project, working with partner Oasis Project, has just launched. It’s a brand new virtual training course for professionals working across Sussex. This course will help to educate and inform professionals by increasing awareness, promoting best practice and offering ways to support practitioners as well as young people.

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Working with Children, Young People and Families

Eligible practitioners can access the course for free if they sign up by the end of March 2022.

Topics include understanding adverse childhood experiences, how trauma affects the brain, intersectionality in practice, working with families and vicarious trauma and self care.

We’re really proud of our youth-led team who collected trauma recovery narratives from young people, co-produced filming, editing and animating.

Sign up to watch the series of six informative videos. You can watch all in one go or come back and complete the course later, offering a flexible approach to learning. 

Sign up for the course

Find out more about Oasis Project

NEW course: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Working with Children

This Christmas, we’ll be cooking up a storm in our Festive Holiday Club, run by our young Makers, for children aged between 11 and 16. We’ll be making festive food and filming

Our four-day Festive Fun Food and Activities Club runs in partnership with East Sussex County Council Holiday, Activity and Food Programme (HAF) and The Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven. The Club is free for children entitled to benefits-related free school meals and other groups.  

The Club runs from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 December 2021 from 11am to 3pm. Lunch will be provided.

We have 10 places on a first-come, first-served basis.

❄️ For young people age 11-16

❄️ 11am-3pm, Mon 20 – Thur 23 December 2021 

❄️ The Joff Youth Centre, Roderick Avenue, Peacehaven, East Sussex, BN10 8BL

👉 To register, click here.

Watch our film, created for East Sussex County Council, celebrating the HAF Summer Programme

Our young team made this film to celebrate the summer activities and highlight the importance of these clubs, which will be running again over Christmas.
BBQ at Make (Good) Trouble’s Summer Holiday Club

We are delighted to offer a new Make (Good) Trouble Summer Club this August in partnership with East Sussex County Council Holiday, Activity and Food Programme. It’s for children aged between 12 and 16 and entitled to benefits-related free school meals. The course is free. 

If your child is interested, you can find out more here and apply. Please pass the link on to anyone you know who might like to come along.

The Club runs from Monday 2 August to Thursday 26 August 2021

Our Summer Club will provide fun and creative Media Production sessions led by young people. 

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Creating short films using editing and audio skills
  • Learning interview skills
  • Photography including composition, shot lists, editing
  • Creating content for social media including graphics and video
  • Sound recording and editing
  • Sound effects and music integration
  • Research skills

Children attending the sessions will also have time to engage in outdoor activities each day in order to maintain a healthy balance of exercise and team building.

The young makers who attend the club will be awarded Digital badges for their CV on completion of this project. Make (Good) Trouble is a partner of the RSA Cities of Learning programme, designed to provide practical pathways to employment. In 2020 we awarded 54 Cities Of Learning Digital Badges, accredited by City and Guilds, to young people across the South East.  

Times and dates: 11am-3pm, Monday to Thursday, 2-26 August 2021

Ages: 12-16 years

Location: Westfield House, East Sussex County Council, County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1UE 

  • Help with transport to the location can be provided. 
  • Lunch and beverages will be provided. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.
  • All our Make (Good) Trouble team are DBS checked, risk assessments completed, and Covid Guidelines will be followed. 
  • We have places for a maximum of 10 young people, on a first come, first-served basis
  • Parents/carers can sign up their children by completing our form (please note, we only have 10 places and will let you know by email if you have secured a place). 

Welcome to the last in our series on families & alcohol. We were joined by NACOA ambassador, Josh Connolly, for a frank and supportive discussion about how we can open up discussions about alcohol and how to avoid conflict. Importantly, Josh gave us a real insight into how children are affected by a parent who drinks. He shared his story, of having a father who was an alcoholic, and then his own struggle with drink and becoming a father himself. And I think the most astonishing thing Josh told us in his interview was that “one in five children are living with a parent that drinks hazardously, so enough to harm the people around them”.

“If you’ve got a four-year-old and their parent can’t show up to them because they’re drinking every night, then that four-year-old has two options: Admit to themselves that their parents are never going to be able to turn up for them, or try and change themselves and hope that it’s their fault. And they’re going to do the second thing. And the reason is because at least it gives them some control. Maybe if I can do good enough at school, maybe if I can be funny, maybe if I can be naughty, then – whatever it may be – maybe if I can do this, then my parent’s going to stop drinking.

“So, in that case, then I think you have to find a way to start talking to them about it. I don’t think you have a choice. Otherwise you’re leaving them on their own with it.”

You can watch the full interview (30 mins) here:

⭐️ You can see all the discussions from our series and find where to get help and support here: Raising Teens Live: Families and Alcohol

Help & advice

If you need support or information, take a look at our Help page on Alcohol and Drugs.

NACOA, National Association for Children of Alcoholics, offers advice and information, including a helpline 0800 358 3456, message boards and online chat.

BeSober is a non-profit community organisation helping individuals to manage and control their alcohol intake and to transform their mindset, health and wellbeing around alcohol.

Find out more about Josh Connolly on his website: joshconnolly.co.uk
Follow Josh on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

To help with managing conflict at home:
for parents whether together, separated or considering separation, who want to find ways to improve their relationship and get on better: Parent relationships (brighton-hove.gov.uk) 
Ideas on how to reduce tension and arguments at nine: Getting On Better cards (brighton-hove.gov.uk)