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The Make Trax project is delivered by Barnardo’s and other partner organisations in the Coast to Capital areas of Brighton & Hove, Crawley, Croydon, Horsham, Mid Sussex and Worthing.

Funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, Make Trax aims to support at least 450 young people into education, employment or training.

Who is it for?

Barnardo’s Make Trax provides information, guidance and support for young people aged 16-29 who are not currently in paid employment or education. If you are 15 and are at risk of leaving education, we may also be able to support you.


Barnardo’s Make Trax can work with young people living in Brighton & Hove, Crawley, Horsham or Mid Sussex. Our friendly coaches can meet you in community locations like libraries, youth hubs or cafés (the drinks are on us!). We can also provide support via telephone, video calls and email if you prefer this. If you are in Croydon or Worthing, our partner organisations Prince’s Trust and Asphaleia may be able to support you. Find out more below.

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We will 

  • 1. Get to know you

    We will find out more about you your background, barriers you have faced, any areas you might be struggling with, and what you want to work on. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure yet, we will have plenty of suggestions.

  • 2. Work together

    We can work with you for up to a year or until you move into employment or education. Once we’ve agreed a plan, we will check in with you regularly to support you to achieve your goals.

  • 3. Help you move on

    We will support you into your apprenticeship/ college/ work experience/ employment and keep in touch for up to 26 weeks after you have progressed. 

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Picking up litter on Brighton beach 


  • Exploring what you want from your future and possible career options
  • Supporting you to find and apply to a suitable college, apprenticeship, or training provider
  • Job-searching using websites such as Indeed
  • Accessing online courses to boost your employability
  • Building confidence, motivation, and social skills
  • Get access to creative activities to engage and inspire
  • Employability skills like CV writing, interview prep, support through volunteering or work placements
  • Helping you get involved with volunteering in your local community
  • Signposting you to other services that can help you overcome your individual barriers (e.g. housing issues, claiming benefits, substance misuse, emotional and mental health difficulties)
  • You may be eligible for financial help to support you with any additional barriers you may be facing, such as access to technology, buying interview clothes, transport costs, etc. 

Contact Us

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Contact a Make Trax coach in your area:

Brighton and Hove

Name: Kat Last

Email [email protected] 

Phone: 07595 067351


Name: Jess Wylde

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 07730 023644

Horsham and Mid Sussex

Name: Catherine Pardoe

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 07783 847655

Partner Organisations 

If you are in Croydon or Worthing, our partner organisations Prince’s Trust and Asphaleia may be able to support you. Find out more below:

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Support in Croydon (via Prince's Trust)

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Support in Worthing (via Asphaleia)

Visit the Asphaleia website

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 01903 823546