“If we fail to support teachers to make schools inclusive spaces that nurture the social and emotional development of our young people in the post-Covid world, we have failed a generation.” Jasper Kain & Jack Reynolds, FBB Co-Directors

Each month Make (Good) Trouble highlights a charity or organisation that provides a service to families and young people and professionals who support them. This month, we’re supporting Football Beyond Borders (FBB) – an education and social inclusion charity that supports young people up and down England who are passionate about football but disconnected at school. They help build long-term relationships around their love of the game and help them finish school and ensure a successful transition into adulthood. 

“LOCKDOWN. THE WORLD STOOD STILL. Normal changed forever. New ways were introduced. Exclusion, isolation, inactivity became the everyday. The nation gripped by government updates, each one restricting movement, preventing socialising and increasing detachment.” 2020 Beyond Lockdown 

FBB targets children that are at a risk of being excluded and work to keep them within mainstream education. Alongside using football as part of youth engagement, they also offer a two-year school’s programme for boys and one for girls where time is divided equally between pitch-based learning and classroom-based learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening skills). Find out more about what they do here.

In early October FBB launched a new national campaign highlighting why young people should be in school. Their “Beyond Lockdown” coffee table book is a photographic record of young people they interviewed during this exceptional time. The book is a testimony of young people’s experience, how some enjoyed the freedom away from school, while others struggled with their mental health and loneliness.

Buy Beyond Lockdown here – for each book you buy, FBB will donate a free copy to one of the participants and schools they work with across the UK.

Do you tread on eggshells around your child?
Do you feel that your child has control over what happens in the home?

Each month Make (Good) Trouble highlights a charity or organisation that provides a service to families, young people and professionals to support them, ensure they feel heard, and let them know that they are not alone.

This month, we’re supporting Capa First Response CiC,  supporting families impacted by Child or Adolescent to Parent Abuse. They offer support to parents, carers and young people via their online platforms, telephone, text and face-to-face sessions.

Are you  impacted by your sibling’s behaviour in the home?
Do you get caught up in arguments between your parents and your sibling? 

Often when there is an issue between a parent and a child, all the other children in the home are impacted too. Siblings can be forgotten or labelled as ‘the easy child’ and ignored as they ‘just get on with it’.

Capa  understands the impact on siblings and that there is often little or no support available. They are able to offer signposting and support, especially to anyone impacted by a child using violence or abuse in the home.

Capa recently received funding from ‘The National Lottery Community Fund’ allowing them to continue offering Live FREE 20-minute advice and support sessions on Friday afternoons for the next six months, as well as one-to-one sessions at a much reduced rate for families. For information and to book a session, contact Capa by email: info@capauk.org.

It is estimated up to 3% of families in the UK have a child who is considered to be abusive towards their parent/s or carer.


Visit the website: capauk.org 
For more information email: info@capauk.org 
Find them on Facebook: facebook.com/SupportingFamilyCrisis

Every month Make (Good) Trouble highlights a charity or organisation that makes the world a better place. This month, we’re supporting YoungMinds.

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity which fights for children and young people’s mental health. They campaign, research and influence policy and practice to ensure young people are getting the best support both online and in their communities.

“Of course I’m scared, but with courage and support from others I’ll get there and so will you.” – Fatimah

With students returning to school after such a long absence, they have put together some really useful information. They understand that is completely natural young people will be feeling anxious about returning. Two of their bloggers Fatimah and Kerry have shared their own worries and how they are coping.

“This is new for everyone, and new doesn’t have to mean bad.” – Kerry


In addition if parents and families are concerned about school then the following information may be of help regarding school anxiety or school refusal, which also includes tips from their Parents Helpline: Parents Guide to support school anxiety and refusal.

Their Parents A-Z Guide to Support also includes several different topics for specific mental health conditions with advice from their Parents Helpline team.

“My advice to other young people would be, where you are right now does not define where you’ll always be. Don’t let problems shape you.” – Bernice, YoungMinds Youth Panel.

If you would like to donate and support the future of young people: YoungMinds: Donate

Why donate:

  • 1 in 10 Young people have a mental health problem
  • 80,000 Children and young people suffer from severe depression
  • 1 in 12 Young people self-harm

Visit the YoungMinds website: youngminds.org.uk/

Find them on:
Facebook facebook.com/youngmindsuk
Twitter twitter.com/YoungMindsUK
Instagram instagram.com/youngmindsuk/

Each month, Make (Good) Trouble highlights a charity or organisation that makes the world a better place. This month, we’re supporting Time to Talk Befriending.

I’ve just started volunteering for a fabulous charity – Time To Talk Befriending (TTTB) – they offer a befriending telephone service to help support isolated and lonely older people. Importantly, they bring people together from all generations.

They also have opportunities for young people to get involved, so if you are interested, here are the details:

  • 18–19 yr olds can sign up to become telephone befrienders. The main requirement is the young person feels comfortable and confident speaking over the phone. TTTB match volunteers with older people based on hobbies and interests so as much information you can give them the better. You must undertake a DBS check.
  • 16–18 yr olds can also sign up to become telephone befrienders. As under-18s cannot take a DBS check, they ask that the young person commit to making the calls when a parent/carer is around.
  • 14yrs + they have a newsletter that is send out to our members. They would welcome for anyone who is creative (drawings/poems/stories/quizzes/activities etc) to contribute. Ideally they are looking for content that can convey a positive message for scheme members, the majority of whom are aged 80+ and living with long-term health conditions.

Find out more about volunteering for TTTB here.

They are also looking for donations so they can continue to support people during the pandemic. Click here to find out more and donate to TTTB.

Visit the TTTB website

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