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CAP Newsletter Winter 2018

A Cardiff celebration!

Our hugely successful annual CAP celebration took place at the Welsh Assembly this year, with inspiring speakers including our host Janet Finch–Saunders AM (pictured above) and Jack Andrews of University College London who described his work on the development of social cognition and risk-taking behaviours in adolescents. Josh Connolly, Ambassador for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, gave a moving presentation on his experience of growing up with an alcohol dependent father and his own struggle with mental health and addiction issues, while PCC Alun Michael spoke about his work as Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales.

CAP chair Derek Lewis provided an update on our work and launched our 2018 annual report, followed by an exciting performance from the ‘Smashed’ UK Schools Tour, which aims to educate young people on the dangers of underage drinking in a way that is creative and engaging.
Finally came the annual CAP awards, including the prestigious CAP of the Year award to Pontardawe CAP.  You can read more about the awards here
We were delighted when Janet Finch-Saunders AM made a statement in the Welsh Assembly later that week, praising CAP’s work: do take a look and if you’d like to know more about our impact, our 2018 report is here. 

News from the South East

The Young Health Champions scheme at Hastings Academy has been a big hit – the school is so happy with the scheme that it is recruiting new members. We are now hoping to secure a speaker from the National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) for an assembly at the school.

In Broadstairs and Ramsgate, Police Licensing say they have seen a marked reduction in underage drinking in public during the summer, while Waitrose in Ramsgate reports a reduction in proxy purchasing. Both attribute these to the CAP, which was launched in March 2017.  

In Broadstairs, students at St George’s School are planning to start the Young Health Champion course in January and both the school and East Kent College will be integrating CAP into their Community Weeks in the coming year - this will include students undertaking activities in their community such as litter picks, stencilling and voluntary work within the CAP. 

Tonbridge partners were out in force for the Christmas lights event in November, with community wardens, police licensing, Kenward Trust and Community Safety patrolling hotspots, taking surveys and running a multi-agency stall. And in December CAP had a stall at the Snodland Christmas Lights fair with a professional mixologist showcasing delicious mocktails! 

News from the South West

November saw the launch of the 21st Century Child Project, covering the whole of Sandwell Borough. The project supports young people to design bespoke and interactive programmes for young people and parents. The main school involved in the project is St Michaels C of E school in Rowley Regis where the student voice group regularly organises events on a range of risky behaviours they identify themselves. While delivery of the messages is always through the group, they are supported by professionals across the Sandwell Borough Council area and within the 21st Century Child project. 

Thatcham CAP’s only secondary school completed the Young Health Champions qualification in record time, supported by the public health team which completed the training over three full days. The group will now work with the CAP co-ordinator and Public Health to bring focussed campaigns to life in the area.

Kennet School will also be bringing Last orders, a theatre in education company, to the school to deliver an alcohol themed show to Year 9 students, funded by Trading Standards in West Berkshire. 

In the North West

Lancaster CAP has been working closely with local schools, offering sessions for both primary and secondary schoolchildren. The CAP offers three sessions for years 5 and 6, with an animated film showing the consequences of drunken behaviour and a visit from the family of Adam, a young man who was killed by a single blow from a drunken 16 year old. There is also a session combining alcohol education and physical activity.

Work with secondary schools includes the film of Adam’s story with additional footage from interviews with police, the family, health professionals and CCTV footage of the actual incident. These are very powerful messages which provide numerous activities for classes to get involved. The CAP is also offering three other sessions which all have a link with alcohol but have slightly different focuses – ranging from drugs and mental health issues to vulnerability. It offers resources and tailored training sessions for teachers and information evenings for parents if required and is making a comprehensive suite of resources freely available to all Lancashire schools.  See more about the CAP's innovative work with schools here.

Cumbria Youth Commission has produced a video on drink and drug driving after young people identified and researched the issue and reviewed other drink driving campaigns to understand their effectiveness. The end result is stunning and a useful resource for CAPs to share: 

An evaluation of Barrow CAP shows that it has been demonstrably successful since its launch in January 2017 – and that key to its success is a partnership approach to tackle the issue of underage drinking. You can read the full evaluation here.

Our newest CAP, in Allerdale in West Cumbria, was launched at the Seaton Lights Switch On at the beginning of December.  Sergeant Suzanne Redikin – manager of the local focus hub based at Cockermouth police station – said: “We’d love people to visit our stall at the Christmas Lights switch on. It’s bound to be a great event for the community and we hope activities such as the beer goggles will prove interesting and educational.” Read more about the launch here.

And some really positive news from Longtown CAP, which has got off to a great start since its launch in September. CAP co-ordinator Sergeant Scott Adams reported to partners that there has been a 55% reduction in the number of calls to the police regarding anti-social behaviour in the July to November period and a three year low in calls during the Halloween and Bonfire night period. The CAP is now working closely with young people in the area to continue the good work and enhance the range of activities on offer to them.

In the North East and East

In Skegness, the CAP has been involving young people in its work. To help publicise the issue of proxy purchase they stopped adults outside off licences to ask if they would buy alcohol for them – before stepping in to explain that it was illegal. Youngsters also took part in a beach clean-up focusing under the pier where young people drink. 

Tesco’s, police and teachers got together to visit on and off-licences to help identify young people and signpost them to support. The CAP also plans to offer alcohol education to young people at The Storehouse youth group.

In Boston, partners came together for a range of activities for Alcohol Awareness Week, including  a licensing workshop led by police and Tesco. There has been a marked decrease in the number of street drinking reports and warning letters issued in the town. In 2015, before the CAP was set up, 364 warnings were issued to street drinkers. In 2016 the number of went down to 264; in 2017 it was 147 and the latest figure this year is 128. 

In 2015, police received 157 reports of street drinkers, 159 in 2016 and 104 in 2017.The latest figures show that the police have only received 40 reports this year. 

The percentage of licensees who refused the sale of alcohol to someone unable to prove their age increased from 22% to 100%. If they suspected it was an adult trying to buy alcohol for a young person, the refusal rate has risen from 7% to 100%, demonstrating the vigilant approach retailers are taking.

In Scotland

Our three CAPs across Edinburgh have been doing some great work – working closely with retailers, bring the Smashed project to local schools, providing resources including videos, lunch tray liners, alcohol testing strips and an award-winning teacher workbook containing lesson plans and information.
In North West Edinburgh, CAP has agreed to fund a special go-karting experience as a reward for some young people who were part of a gang culture where alcohol was freely and regularly consumed and who subsequently attended sessions on alcohol misuse.  You can read more about how we are working in partnership across Edinburgh in our blog.
The Orkney CAP is going from strength to strength, and partners have made progress on many new initiatives including developing an Ask for Angela scheme which will launch in 2019. CAP has provided the Orkney Alcohol Counselling & Advisory Service with resources around alcohol misuse for use in schools and youth centres and in November, funded 5,000 ‘spikeys,’ (an insert into bottle necks to prevent drinks being adulterated).

And in Wales

Although it was only launched in May, the Pontypridd CAP has set a up lots of activities over recent months, including a graffiti project to improve the look of one area of the town.  The Youth Offending Team has now started the Young Health Champions Course with 10 young people and all the youth clubs across the Pontypridd and Porth Area will be taking part in a Dragons’ Den event when they will plan a campaign to combat underage drinking.

Happy Christmas!

From all of us at CAP, we'd like to wish you a very happy Christmas. If you’d like to keep in touch with our news, follow us on Twitter at @CAPUKTweets

We have a new Facebook page! Do take a look at to see what CAPs around the UK are doing to tackle underage drinking in their areas.

For more information contact:

Kate Winstanley, Director
Telephone: 0207 089 3882
Mobile: 07590 924710, 07825 155225

Jayne Boote, CAP Adviser for North West England
Telephone: 07813 908646

Gillian Powell, CAP Programme Manager and Adviser for South East England
Telephone: 0207 089 3861
Mobile: 07825 225018

Matt Knight, CAP Adviser for the South West, West Midlands and Wales
Mobile: 07396 096687 


Alan Simpson, CAP Adviser for the East Midlands, North East England and Scotland
Mobile: 07772 471158

Julia Shipston, Communications Manager Mobile: 07713 163003

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