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CAP Newsletter Autumn 2019

New CAPs launch
It’s been a busy summer, with new CAPs launched in Spalding; Auckley, Blaxton, Branton & Finningley (pictured left); North Edinburgh; Bournemouth;  Leysdown and Sheerness; Penarth; Newport; Theale, Tilehurst and Calcot and Clipstone and Forest Town.. This brings the total number of CAPs we have launched in communities around the UK to almost 200. You can read all about them here
We have more CAPs scheduled to launch shortly, including Gorleston and Bradwell in Norfolk and Tunbridge Wells in Kent; so watch this space for more news!
Lancaster CAP evaluation

The Bulk Ward estate in Lancaster is one of the most deprived areas in the North West of England, where underage drinking has been a long-standing issue. Lancaster CAP has worked closely with the community to change attitudes and behaviour, resulting in real improvements to the well-being of young people and residents. Working from its base at the Ridge Community Centre, there is very clear evidence that the CAP is having an extremely positive impact: reducing underage drinking, improving the health and well-being of residents and creating a real sense of community in the area. You can download its 2017-2018 evaluation here.

Blew Light Disco in Edinburgh

Police Scotland, youth workers, North West Edinburgh CAP and local volunteers ran an amazing Blew Light Disco in the city in July, complete with special wrist bands and a photo booth funded by CAP. The event was so successful – attracting 70 young people - that talks are in place with schools and youth organisations to hold a second disco in October.
Summer activities

As part of our aim to engage communities, CAPs around the country have taken part in lots of summer fetes, festivals and carnivals, where we can reach out to local families and get our messages across.
CAP had a stand at the Kent Police Open Weekend in June, when year 6 students from around the county were challenged to try a beer goggle assault course! Elsewhere a safe biking scheme, Community Cycle Works, ran during the summer in Snodland funded by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, aiming to get young people out cycling in a safe, supervised way. Snodland CAP  has applied for further funding for the scheme from the Co-op Community Fund.  
Farley CAP put on a three week summer programme at the Youth Zone, with funding from CAP to provide a PS4 console and controller, arts and craft materials and board games. The project aimed to reach young people who are vulnerable, hard to reach, lack confidence and self-esteem, or are at the risk of offending as well as tackling anti-social behaviour.
Ollerton, Boughton and Edwinstowe CAP organised netball games during the summer, while in Edinburgh, CAP provided footballs, bibs, water bottles and a pop up wall for shooting practice. In Bradford, the CAP-sponsored boat made an appearance at the Dragon Boat Festival and in Thatcham the CAP again visited the annual Thatcham Fun Day for the chance to speak to local residents about CAP’s work and plans for the next 12 months.


Engaging young people

In Skegness, a Week of Action was a great success. The partners acknowledged support from Tesco and Sainsbury's in providing access to their premises to engage with the public and were delighted to see the event attended by 50 students from Skegness Grammar School, more than 300 from Skegness Academy and 21 from the Youth Club. Supportive action to reinforce responsible retailing is being given to independents and in particular to one off-licence that is suspected of selling alcohol to young people.

Compliance testing

In Farley Hill Luton, all premises that failed the C25 compliance visits were offered free training by Co-op, Bedfordshire Police and Luton Public Health. After a further visit, all passed!
Thatcham CAP planned and delivered a Proxy Purchase Day in partnership with the Co-op, when the CAP team visited all retailers in the hot spot areas to tell them about the CAP and highlight the issue of proxy sales. Trading Standards have continued with test purchasing operations across the area with increasingly positive results. Reading Football Club’s community team attended the meeting to deliver an overview of their work and plans for future collaboration with Thatcham CAP.

We're looking for exceptional achievements in tackling alcohol harm 
Next January we are holding our annual CAP celebration event at the House of Commons in London, when we’ll announce the winners of our 2020 CAP Awards. These awards recognise exceptional achievements in tackling underage drinking during the preceding year and provide a great opportunity to encourage awareness of the vital work which local partnerships are doing to improve our communities.
You can nominate one or more individuals involved in CAP, your local CAP itself or a local organisation which has played a prominent role in making the CAP’s work a success.

If you’d like a nomination form, please contact and do remember to return it by Friday October 11, 2019. We’re looking forward to seeing your nominations!
Young Health Champions

The second day of training for the Young Health Champions at Tonbridge Grammar School took place in June, where 15 girls from years 8-12 are learning to become peer mentors – it was great to see the innovative ideas they are coming up with for their final showcases.  
And in Barrow, it was a proud moment when young people taking part in Barrow’s Young Health Champions course (YHC) were invited to meet HRH Princess Anne to discuss their course and their roles as peer mentors. CAP has funded 10 places on the first ever YHC course in Cumbria, working with key youth work partners and educational providers to identify young people from alternative learning environments who would benefit from the course and then support their peers to increase health and well-being through activities and events in schools and youth clubs.  Natalia Wealleans-Turner, wrote a great blog about how the young people developed confidence and skills.

Alcohol Awareness Week 
Alcohol Awareness Week, run by the charity Alcohol Change UK, takes place from 11-17 November. It’s a week of awareness-raising and campaigning for change – and CAPs around the UK will be taking part in lots of activities. Do follow us on Twitter to find out what’s happening in your area.
Keep in touch!

If you’d like to keep in touch with our news, follow us on Twitter at @CAPUKTweets or on Facebook at 

We also have a new LinkedIn page so please give us a like and a follow!

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

Julia Shipston, Communications Manager, Community Alcohol Partnerships
Mobile: 07713 163003

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

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